Ep. 68 – Jay Armstrong Johnson, Performer in PARADE

In This Episode

Broadway Legend Jay Armstrong Johnson stops by to talk about the impact of the Tony Award-Winning Revival of Parade on the future of Broadway, his path into performing, and figuring out the journey of a character throughout a show.

Jay has been a star throughout the theatre industry having performed in Phantom of the Opera, On The Town, Hair, Hands on a Hardbody, Catch Me If You Can, and in several regional theatre productions across the United States. With his stellar voice and natural instincts as a dancer, his performance as Britt Craig in the Tony Award-Winning Revival of Parade is breathtaking and hard to put into words.

Just announced (officially): Jay’s annual fundraiser “I Put A Spell On You” will continue in 2023 at Sony Hall on Monday, October 23rd. This year, the Sanderson Sisters are in their “Witch ERA”. Tickets are available NOW at https://ipasoy2023.cbo.io/. This event benefits the Ali Forney Center.

I am very honored to have Jay joining my show, especially for this episode as I celebrate both my 17th Birthday & my two-year anniversary on the Broadway Podcast Network!

Join our conversation as we discuss:

  • Michael Arden’s beautiful, Tony Award-winning production of PARADE (closing August 6th, 2023) & the impact the story, inclusivity of the production process, and raw emotion will have on the future of Broadway
  • Tips on how to go from a mover to a dancer (primarily for Mason’s benefit)
  • In relation to his performance of The Seraph by Ryan Scott Oliver (Mason’s favorite song ever), how he creates a journey through song and through a character study
  • His thoughts on the long-pawned question, education or experience!
  • The annual Halloween party “I Put A Spell On You” he hosts, started with the help of Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS
  • & so much more!

Check out Jay on all the things!

Instagram – @jay_a_johnson

Website – Jay Armstrong Johnson

See PARADE while you still can:


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