Jay Armstrong Johnson can currently been seen as Raoul in Phantom of the Opera celebrating 30 years on Broadway. Up next you can see him as Bobby in City Center Encore’s production of A Chorus Line. Jay has been working professionally since the age of thirteen when he was cast in Cathy Rigby’s Peter Pan as John Darling in his home town of Fort Worth, Texas. Earning his equity card at eighteen, Jay moved to New York to study Vocal Performance at New York University.
In the middle of his Junior year, Jay left college behind to join the first national revival tour of A Chorus Line (Mark). After seven months on the road, Jay got back to NYC to make his Broadway debut in the 2009 Tony Award winning revival of HAIR understudying the lead role of Claude. Other Broadway Credits include Catch Me If You Can (Standby for Aaron Tveit.), Hands On A Hardbody (Greg Wilhote), On the Town (Chip). Off-Broadway Jay has been seen in Wild Animals You Should Know (MCC), Working (Prospect Theater Company, Drama Desk Award), The Mad Ones (Prospect), and Terence McNally’s Fire and Air directed by John Doyle at Classic Stage Company starring along side Marin Mazzie in her very last stage appearance.
Other New York credits include the title role of Candide at The New York City Opera directed by Hal Prince, starring alongside Emma Thompson and Audra McDonald as Anthony in Sweeney Todd with the New York Philharmonic filmed for PBS, The Most Happy Fella as Herman at City Center Encores, starring Opposite Kelli O’Hara in Babes in Toyland with Master Voices at Carnegie Hall, and 35mm: A Musical Exhibition. Regionally Jay has been seen in Newsies (Jack), 42nd Street (Billy), Hello Dolly (Barnaby), and Pirates! or Gilbert and Sullivan Plunder’d (Frederick) at The MUNY, On the Town (Chip) and Pool Boy at Barrington Stage Company, The Last Goodbye (Romeo Capulet) at The Old Globe, and Hairspray (Link Larkin) at Weston Playhouse.
On television, Jay played Dr. Will Olsen for three seasons on the abc drama QUANTICO starring Priyanka Chopra. Other televison/film credits include “Law and Order: SVU” and “Sex and the City 2”. You can also see and hear Jay on track 4 “Color” of Todrick Hall’s audio and visual album Straight Outta Oz on iTunes and YouTube.
Jay produced his first solo concert and debut album with Jay Armstrong Johnson LIVE at Feinstein’s 54 Below available on Spotify, iTunes, and broadwayrecords.com. Of this solo debut, The New York Times said “He has the gift.” His favorite event of the year is his annual Halloween concert when he stars as Winifred Sanderson from the 1993 film Hocus Pocus along side friends and Broadway favorites. On top of hosting the evening as Winifred, Jay acts as producer, writer, director, and choreographer of this Halloween extravaganza!