John is thrilled to join the cast of Yemandjaa new musical co-conceived and starring the Beninese global pop legend Angelique Kidjo. Three years in development, with music co-created by Angelique and her husband Jean Hebrail, and book and lyrics by their daughter Naima Hebrail Kidjo, it tells a story of unity and healing through the troubled history of the West African slave trade in the 1800s. Developed with and directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce, choreography by Beatrice Capote, costumes by Mary Jane Marcasiano, and music directed by John Samorian. Produced by The Office performing arts and film. John plays the principal role of Mr. DeSalta, a Portuguese slave trader (based upon an actual historical figure, who was the subject of Bruce Chatwin's debut novel, The Viceroy Of Ouidah). Yemandja had its triumphant world premiere at MassMOCA Mar 4-5. It resumes performances at The Broad Theater in Santa Monica, CA (Apr 14-16), Cal Performances in Berkeley, CA (Apr 21), The Kennedy Center in DC (May 6-7), and finally Amsterdam, The Netherlands (June 14-18). John has been a fan of Angelique Kidjo since seeing her first US performance in NYC back in 1992.
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(photo by Doug Mason)
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 Disaster Chasers, a really cool short film John co-starred in, was completed, and submitted to festivals in November 2021.

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John also toured the UK in November with Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir, performing in 6 cities and doing street actions in conjunction with activists demanding concrete action at COP26 in Glasgow. John was among 5 singers who recorded at BBC's Radio Four for Loose Ends, with Clive Anderson and Stephen Fry. 

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Top-of-show guest star on FBI: Most Wanted (CBS, Paramount +), Season 2, Episode 11: 'Obstruction' .

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Principal on The Food That Built America (History Channel) Season 2, Episode 8: 'Soup Wars' .

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Principal on the serial podcast The Grunge Musical.
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Contact:
Booking:
Marilynn Scott Murphy
Professional Artists Agency
(212) 247 8770

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