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 (Mr. C) in HAPPY DAYS - A New Musical (both shows directed by Gordon Greenberg). John’s 30 years of regional credits include: Max Bialystock in THE PRODUCERS and Edna Turnblad in HAIRSPRAY for San Diego Musical Theatre (for which, he won the Broadway World San Diego Award for Best Actor in a Musical), The Telephone Repairman in BAREFOOT IN THE PARK (with Rita Rudner & Paul Rodriguez), Juror #7 in 12 ANGRY MEN, the Priest in THE GRADUATE (starring Melanie Griffith) and Roy in THE ODD COUPLE for the Laguna Playhouse, Chef Louis in THE LITTLE MERMAID and Franz in THE SOUND OF MUSIC for the Tuacahn Center for the Performing Arts, The Piano Player in GUNMETAL BLUES for Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara, Mr. Mushnik in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and Herr Schultz in CABARET for the Moonlight Amphitheater; 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 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, music director, pianist and conductor and vocal arranger; having staged and/or conducted over 75 productions. Favorites include productions of : A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, 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 audiobooks.
As a pianist/arranger, John has done extensive work with Musical Theatre Guild’s Outreach and Educational Programs. He is the current music director for THE HISTORY OF MUSICAL THEATRE (IN 42 MINUTES AND 28 SECONDS), and created the piano and vocal arrangements for REVOLUTION!, a new show focusing on historic American people and events in the musical theatre. He is also the Music Director for TALES FROM MARGARITAVILLE, a new musical revue created by Jimmy Buffett and Frank Marshall for Margaritaville At Sea.
A whole lot of fun at parties with just a piano, and a microphone; his BYOB Online Piano Bar Show, JOHN MASSEY NOODLIN' (on Twitch, Facebook and other platforms), is slowly growing an audience in it’s quest for world domination. He can also be found performing in various venues around the country, including Hollywood’s notorious TRAMP STAMP GRANNY’S.
John 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. He dedicates every performance to the memory of his parents, John & Donna Massey. Proud member of Actors Equity.