A former Atlantic City Magazine Entertainer of the Year, Rosemary Benson has been a singer, actor and voice-over artist, performing in the U.S., Canada, and Italy. Starting as a teenager, she covered songs by The Beatles, Carole King, and Bonnie Raitt, traveled on the road with dance bands, and experimented with pop, jazz, folk and country music while appearing at night clubs, hotels and casinos. Leading her own band, she sang in the lounges and showrooms of Atlantic City and Las Vegas. Industrial shows allowed Rosemary to play leading roles in musicals such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
As a voice-over artist and singer, Rosemary was the voice of Caesar’s Atlantic City Bacchanal and Showboat’s Basin Street Follies for seven years; she also recorded voice-overs, commercials, and background vocals for many casino shows, including New York, New York with Frank Gorshin. Rosemary presented a series of fundraising concerts for South Jersey Regional Theater, including “Sassy: Remembering Sarah Vaughan,” with George Mesterhazy, and “A Salute to Irving Berlin,” arranged by Gary Haberman.
For several years, Rosemary played the Red Hot Mama in a series of Speakeeezy musicals for Steppin’ Out Productions that originated at The Claridge Hotel Casino in Atlantic City. Capitalizing on her flair for comedy, Artie Schroeck and Linda November featured Rosemary in their “Salute to Spike Jones” at Harrah’s. Playing with some of the best musicians in the country, she continues to perform with several big bands and jazz groups based in the NY-NJ-PA area, appearing at many private clubs as well as world-class venues.
Her cabaret performances with Ward Marston feature many of the selections on their CD, Falling In Love Is Wonderful. Rosemary and Ward are currently at work on a new cd.