Amigos in Song
Gary Oakes began his career in professional theater when he was chosen by Richard Rodgers for a featured role in the New York revival of the Rodgers and Hart Musical 'The Boys From Syracuse.' He later performed the role of Richard Henry Lee in the national and Broadway companies of the Tony Award winning musical '1776.' He appeared in the off-Boadway production of 'Shoemakers'Holiday' and in the pre-Broadway tour of the Richard Maltby and David Shire musical 'Love Match' He was featured opposite Bernadette Peters in the musical 'W.C.' starring Mickey Rooney and sang a principal role in the American premiere of the London Musical,'Chrysanthemum.' His many musical comedy credits include leading roles in 'My Fair Lady,'with Douglas Fairbanks Jr., 'Oklahoma,' with Betty Buckley, 'Promises,Promises' with Joanna Gleason and 'The Pajama Game' with Soupy Sales. His TV appearances included a regular starring role in the NBC syndicated sitcom 'Please Stand By.' Cuban born Lou Garcia, while an enlistee in the United States Navy, spent his tour as featured vocalist with the Navy Steel Band. Upon discharge, he pursued a career in mus- ical comedy, appearing in the Broadway companies of 'Illya Darling' with Melna Mercouri and 'Zorba' with Hershel Bernardi. He appeared in the Las Vegas production of 'Mame' starring Juliet Prowse, and was seen in the role of Alberto in the pre-Broadway tour of 'W.C.' It was in that production of 'W.C. that he first teamed up with fellow cast member Gary to form the singing duo of 'Gary Oakes and Lou Garcia.' Their first engagement was at the famous New York City's Rat Fink Room as the opening act for the late comic Jackie Cannon. They then were called to Las Vegas where they were featured in the MGM Grand Hotel spectacular, 'Hallelujah Hollywood.' They subsequently per- performed in many of the Las Vegas lounge venues, and for many years were a featured act aboard the ships of many of the leading cruise ship lines. Currently, they can be seen periodically performing in concert venues in Las Vegas, singing pop standards and Broadway show tunes in their unique vocal duo sound.