Developed regionally and Off-Broadway, the memoir about Johnson's life in ventriloquism had its Broadway premiere at the Helen Hayes Theatre in September 2006. The acclaimed show also played London's West End, and cities across America. Dan Whitten of Tiger Theatricals produces. During the Broadway season, Jay's famed partner, "Bob," was inducted into the Smithsonian Institution, where he resides today.
In Jay Johnson: The Two and Only!, Johnson "deconstructs and demonstrates his lifelong obsession," aided by a "cast" that includes Bob, Amigo, Darwin, Long John La Feat, Nethernore – the Bird of Death, Spaulding, Arthur Drew, Jackie and Ga Ga and Squeaky.
Best known for playing the schizophrenic role of Chuck and Bob on the groundbreaking television comedy, "Soap," Johnson is one of the world's most famous living ventriloquists, part of an ancient tradition, which is explored in the show. According to producers, "With his dummy Bob, Jay Johnson follows in the footsteps of such performers as Jules Vernon, Fred Russell (and Coster Joe), The Great Lester (and Frank Byron, Jr.), Edgar Bergen (and Charlie McCarthy) and Paul Winchell, who have all helped to define ventriloquism as a bonafide modern art form."
Jay Johnson: The Two and Only! is directed and co-created by Murphy Cross and Paul Kreppel. Producer Whitten is a Tony Award-winner for the Broadway engagement of Jay Johnson: The Two and Only! He was also represented by productions of Carousel in London's West End, 2 on the Aisle, 3 in a Van, Cougar the Musical and the acclaimed Off-Broadway staging of Jacques Brel…. Whitten will be presenting the musical, Enter Laughing, on Broadway next season.
Jay Johnson: The Two and Only! will play the following performance schedule: Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM, and Sunday at 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM. Tickets are $45 and are available online 24/7 at www.tigertheatricals.com.