Rapping for Allison Janney at MCC's Miscast

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Rapping for Allison Janney at MCC's Miscast

Miscast 2014.  Photo: Dooleyvision/Fotobuddy©2014

John once again wrote and performed an original rap at the annual Miscast Gala for MCC Theater on March 31st at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan.  John rapped about the evening's honoree Allison Janney for a packed crowd including Ms. Janney herself. 

He was asked back to the event after the great success of his rap about 2013 Miscast honoree Judith Light.  Miscast 2014 performers included Lin-Manuel Miranda, Raul Esparaza, Zosia Mamet, Billy Porter, Jeremy Jordan and more.  

This year's Allison Janney rap 'The Janney' was inspired by Allison's infamous interpretation of Ronny Jordan's song 'The Jackal' as CJ Cregg on Season 1 of The West Wing.

Listen to the 2014 Allison Janney Rap below:

You can also hear the 2013 Judith Light Rap for the same event below:

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'Nude With Violin' Reading at the Signature

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'Nude With Violin' Reading at the Signature

John will read the role of Clinton Preminger, Jr. in a reading of Noel Coward's rarely-seen play Nude with Violin at the Signature Theater in Manhattan on March 24th at 7pm.

The reading is a benefit for the Acting Company and will be directed by renowned Noel Coward interpreter Maria Aitken, with whom John previously worked on The 39 Steps  and As You Like It. 

Also in the cast are Mauren Anderman, Michael Potts, Phillip Goodwin, Armand Schultz, Julia Coffey, Michele Tauber, Bianca Amato, Tony-winner Blair Brown, Michele Tauber, Sid Solomon, Jacob Ming-Trent, and Colin Critchley.

Tickets can be purchased here:  http://theactingcompany.org/in-new-york/salon-readings/

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Guest Star on CBS's BLUE BLOODS

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Guest Star on CBS's BLUE BLOODS

John can be seen guest starring as Officer Timothy Doherty on CBS police drama Blue Bloods, in a nice scene with star Tom Selleck.  The episode, entitled "Knockout Game"first airs Friday, March 14th at 10pm EST.  

The episode was written by Brian Burns and directed by Robert Harmon.  CBS describes the plot as follows: 

Danny and Baez investigate when an expectant mother is a victim of a “knockout game,” in which teenagers punch unsuspecting civilians in the head.  Meanwhile, Frank wrestles with promoting an officer when he thinks it can be viewed as favoritism.
 

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Thanks! a new musical.

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Thanks! a new musical.

John participated in an industry reading of a new musical of Thanks! A Musical Feast in Two Helpings on March 4th, directed by Stafford Arima.

The cast included included Broadway veterans Megan Lewis, Ann Harada, Tony Nominee Phillip Boykin, Robert Creighton, Jennifer Perry, Josh Lamon, Michael Mastro; as well as James T. Lane, Kenita Miller, Elizabeth Judd, Michael Tacconi, James Judy, Nancie S. Byrne, Kiet Tai Cao, Ginna LeVine and Brock Yuric.

Thanks! has music by Gary Adler (Altar Boyz), lyrics by Phoebe Kreutz (Awesomer & Awesomer) and a book by Regina DeCicco ("Ladies of Laughter") and Lindsey Turner (Beowulf).  The musical director for the reading is Paul Masse.

Thanks! is described as:

"A musical comedy about the journey to the first Thanksgiving. Some will travel across the sea and some will only take a few steps. But together, everyone discovers that whether you're building a wigwam or a family, you have to use what you've got."

See the Playbill article HERE.  

The team of Thanks! 

The team of Thanks! 

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Isaac Oliver's Lonely Xmas

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Isaac Oliver's Lonely Xmas

John reprised his role as Manta Claus in the 2013 edition of Isaac Oliver's Lonely Christmas.  The show was selected a project residency at Ars Nova, where Isaac Oliver is a resident artist for the season.  

The show was directed by Ars Nova artistic director Jason Eagan, and starred Isaac Oliver.  The rest of the cast included Emily Walton, Roe Hartrampf, Dan Loeser, Stacey Sund Abeles, The Gay Agenda, and special guests.  

The show is described as follows: 

Join gay humorist, pale neurotic and Ars Nova Artist-in-Residence Isaac Oliver for a little holly-jolly-melancholy with his very own classic holiday special. The holiday season, with its great music, crisp weather, and countless opportunities for passed cheese, is best enjoyed with a lover, yes, but a little cheer can still be salvaged for the single. Count down to Santa's arrival with Isaac as he tells brand-new stories in addition to old favorites, with the help of live music, games, special guests, and high falsetto.

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MOBY-DICK Trapeze Workshop

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MOBY-DICK Trapeze Workshop

Trapeze theater company Fight or Flight, for whom John is an Artistic Director, presented a workshop of their latest project, a stage adaptation of Moby-Dick.  The weeklong workshop culminated in an "aerial staged reading" of Steven Cole Hughes script for an invited audience at The Muse in Brooklyn on December 6th, 2013.   

John co-directed the evening and played the role of Starbuck.  Also in the cast were FoF co-AD's Hughes & Eileen Little, Dan Loeser, Richard Thieriot, Brent Rose, Rob Karma Robinson, Jenna Panther, and Nick Abeel.  The show is a physical 9-actor adaptation with authentic sea shanties and original music by composer Nathan Cohen.  

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Reading of '#nyc' at NYTW

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Reading of '#nyc' at NYTW

John participated in a public reading of Kyle Warren's new play #nyc at New York Theatre Workshop.  The play is described as:

 As cataclysm looms, six New Yorkers’ lives intersect, leading a power-hungry aide, a struggling author and an outspoken journalist to uncover a devastating series of lies.

The reading was directed by Davis McCallum.  John starred alongside fellow actors Larry Pine, Roberta Maxwell, Zoe Winters, Andrew Garman, and Florencia Lozano.

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Reading of 'Scandal' for MCC

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Reading of 'Scandal' for MCC

Jerry Mitchell

Jerry Mitchell

 John participated in an in-house reading of Treva Silverman's play Scandal for MCC Theater.  

Scandal is based on Silverman's original book for the musical of the same name.  Originally slated for production years ago with music by Jimmy Webb and a cast including Swoozie Kurtz, Victor Garber, Rob Morrow, Treat Williams, David Rasche, and Fisher Stevens; Scandal was put on indefinite delay after the death of its director, the renowned Michael Bennett.    Silverman, a former head writer for the Mary Tyler Moore show, has since updated and turned her book into a play. 

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 The MCC reading was directed by Tony-winner (and original Scandal chorus-member) Jerry Mitchell.  The cast included Tony-winner Katie Finneran, Original Scandal cast-member Rob Morrow, Tony-nominee David Pittu, Reg Rogers, Suzy Hunt, Max Von Essen and others.  

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