Mel Johnson Jr

On Broadway Mr Johnson most recently was featured in the musical revival of Jekyll and Hyde. He has starred in Hot Feet, featuring the music of Earth Wind and Fire, as Mufasa in The Lion King, in Bob Fosse’s Big Deal, The Rink with Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera, Eubie!, and On the 20th Century. Mr Johnson also currently tours the nation starring in his one man show Frederick Douglas in the Shadow of Slavery, written and directed by Tom Dugan. His National Tour/Off-Broadway credits include, The Road to Damascus at 59E59, Stephen Sondheim’s Road Show at The Public Theatre, Shakespeare in the Park’s revival of Two Gentleman of Verona, Jelly’s Last Jam with Maurice Hines, Boys from Syracuse Encores!; Pretty Hunger, Venus and Spell #7 at The Public Theatre; Hamlet with Roundabout Theatre, Rap Master Ronnie, and Do Lord Remember Me at The American Place Theatre. His extensive Regional Theatre work includes, among others, One Man Two Guvnors at Rep Theatre of St Louis, The Wiz at Baltimore CenterStage, Driving Miss Daisy at Hartford TheaterWorks, Pirates! at The Huntington Theatre, Raisin at Crossroads Theatre, Old Timers Game at Actors Theater of Louisville, History of the American Film at Hartford Stage Co., Sizwe Banzi is Dead at A.C.T Seattle, and The Blood Knot at The Virginia Museum Theatre. Among his notable film work was Co-Starring with Arnold Schwarzenegger as Benny in Total Recall, American Blue Note, Intimate Strangers, and In the Shadow of the Cobra. On television Mr. Johnson was a series regular on David Lynch’s “On the Air” and guest starred on a variety of show’s among them “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”, “The Practice”, “Fresh Prince of Bel Air”, and “Liberty” the mini-series.