Johnson's Two and Only! Trunk Opens in Ithaca Oct. 27; U.S. Bookings Follow

News   Johnson's Two and Only! Trunk Opens in Ithaca Oct. 27; U.S. Bookings Follow Jay Johnson: The Two and Only!, the acclaimed solo show that earned solid reviews and a Tony Award for Special Theatrical Event in the 2006-07 Broadway season, plays the State Theatre in Ithaca, NY, on Oct. 27, heralding future engagements around the country.

Jay Johnson in The Two and Only on Broadway.
Jay Johnson in The Two and Only on Broadway. Photo by Carol Rosegg

Master ventriloquist Jay Johnson and his ten fellow cast members — Bob, Amigo, Darwin, Long John La Feat, Nethernore the bird of Death, Spaulding, Arthur Drew, Jackie, Ga Ga and Squeaky — will also make stops in Albuquerque, NM; Indianapolis and Culver, IN; Pittsburgh, PA; Crystal Lake, IL; and at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ.

After an Off-Broadway run and regional engagements, Jay Johnson: The Two and Only! opened at Broadway's Helen Hayes Theatre Sept. 28, 2006, and closed Nov. 26.

Although one of the best reviewed works of the Broadway season, the family-friendly production had a hard time luring theatregoers. Johnson's elegy/entertainment on the topic of the ancient art of ventriloquism began Broadway previews began Sept. 19, 2006.

The Two and Only! was conceived by Jay Johnson, Murphy Cross and Paul Kreppel and directed by Murphy Cross & Paul Kreppel.

The creative team also included Beowulf Boritt (scenery), Clifton Taylor (lighting), David Gotwald (sound) and Michael Andreas (original music). Jay Johnson: The Two and Only! was produced on Broadway by Roger Alan Gindi, Stewart F. Lane & Bonnie Comley, Dan Whitten, Herbert Goldsmith Productions, Ken Grossman, Bob & Rhonda Silver, Michael A. Jenkins/Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. and WetRock Entertainment.

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Jay Johnson: The Two and Only! will play the following dates in 2007-08:

  • Nov. 10 Warren PAC in Indianapolis, IN
  • Nov. 27-Dec. 2: Majestic Theatre in Dallas
  • Jan. 12, 2008: Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake, IL
  • Jan. 25, 2008: McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ
  • Jan. 26, 2008: South Orange PAC in South Orange, NJ
  • Jan. 29, 2008: Eppley Auditorium in Culver, IN
  • April 11, 2008: Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque, NM
  • May 3, 2008: Byham Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA
  • May 17, 2008: Napa Valley Opera House in Napa, CA
  • May 18, 2008: El Campanil Theatre in Antioch, CA
  • Jay Johnson and Bob kick off their tour of the country.
    Jay Johnson and Bob kick off their tour of the country. Photo by Carol Rosegg
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