John Massey is a Southern California based actor, singer, musician.  He  makes his home in Laguna Hills, CA with his beautiful (and very understanding) wife, Mary, and their four (that’s right, 4!) terrific kids: Sharon, Katy, Scott and Charlie.  When not on stage, John enjoys cooking, sailing, and spending quality time with his family on Catalina Island! He dedicates every performance to the memory of his parents, John & Donna Massey.

So... Who Is This Massey Guy Anyway?

A Recent and Not-So-Recent History...

About John

John Massey created the role of the Genie in DISNEY'S BELIEVE aboard the cruise ship, the Disney Dream and toured North America as Howard Cunningham in Garry Marshall and Paul Williams' HAPPY DAYS - A New Musical.

John’s 25 years of regional credits include: Max Bialystock in THE PRODUCERS for San Diego Musical Theatre and Stage Door Theatre in St. George, Utah, The Piano Player in GUNMETAL BLUES for Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara, THE GRADUATE starring Melanie Griffith, Juror #7 in TWELVE ANGRY MEN, and Roy in THE ODD COUPLE (with Maxwell Caulfield) for the Laguna Playhouse; Dimas in TRIUMPH OF LOVE (with Eden Espinosa) for Performance Riverside as well as John Hancock in their LA Ovation Award winning production of 1776; Moonface in ANYTHING GOES (with Kevin Earley and Lesli Margherita)  and Zeke/The Cowardly Lion in THE WIZARD OF OZ for Musical Theatre West. Other credits include: Pseudolus in A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM; Tevye in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF; The Chairman in THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD and the title role in SWEENEY TODD.

John received the 2018 Broadway World San Diego Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his work as Edna Turnblad in HAIRSPRAY for San Diego Musical Theatre, and LA Ovation Award nominations for his work as Dave Bukatinsky in THE FULL MONTY (2007- Musical Theatre West) and as Nicely-Nicely Johnson in GUYS AND DOLLS (2005- Musical Theatre West).

A bit of a theatrical renaissance man...

 

John is also an accomplished director, musical director, pianist and conductor and vocal arranger; having staged and/or conducted over 75 productions. Favorites include productions of : ASSASSINS, A CHORUS LINE, SEUSSICAL, SWEENEY TODD, QUILTERS, WEIRD ROMANCE, THE SECRET GARDEN, CHESS, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, BEEHIVE and RUTHLESS!  John has composed incidental music for several plays and is researching ideas for a new musical. He is also in the process of recording his debut CD.

        

Reviews

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Humor and poignancy...
"John nails the role, both the humor and poignancy of a guy embarrassed by his body and feels insecure with his beautiful wife. "

San Diego Playbill

The stage lights up when Massey is on...

​"They're all super, and even they are topped by John Massey Jr.'s firecracker of a Nicely-Nicely Johnson. The stage lights up when Massey is on, and his silver trumpet of a voice gives the show its highest highs, especially during his explosive "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat.""  
LA Times Critics Choice

Stole the show...

​"John Massey, the Disney performer who plays Genie, stole the show with his silly wise cracks and dancing."
​USA Today

His timing is impeccable...

​“Massey... creates a character in Edna that is comfortably feminine – not the “man playing a woman” that often comes through in this role. His timing is impeccable and his voice never feels affected. Massey isn’t trying to act like a woman, wife, and mother…he just is one.” 
Front Row Reviewers