Robert Johanson


Book, US version director
At home with musicals and the classics, directing over 200 professional productions, acting in over 100, a published playwright of a dozen plays – Robert served as Artistic Director of Paper Mill Playhouse, the State Theatre of New Jersey, for 20 years, where he directed the critically acclaimed FOLLIES, FUNNY GIRL, CHILDREN OF EDEN, SHOWBOAT /televised on PBS – Great Performances/, PIPPIN, FANNY, NINE, MACK AND MABEL, SAYONARA, AMADEUS, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, PHANTOM, MAME, MIKADO INC., THE PRISONER OF ZENDA, NAUGHTY MARIETTA, COMFORTABLE SHOES, his own adaptations of GREAT EXPECTATIONS, JANE EYRE, TALE OF TWO CITIES and WUTHERING HEIGHTS, starred in CANDIDE, PETER PAN, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, SECRET GARDEN, CAMELOT, ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT and UP, UP AND WAY – THE SONGS OF JIMMY WEBB. On Broadway he performed in SHENANDOAH and directed CANTERBURY TALES and Jackie Mason’s LAUGHING ROOM ONLY. At New York City Opera under Beverly Sills, he directed NEW MOON, MERRY WIDOW /both televised on PBS Great Performances and Live from Lincoln Center/, DESERT SONG, CINDERELLA and performed Tobias in SWEENEY TODD. His lavish WIZARD OF OZ played 3 seasons at Madison Square Garden and toured nationally with Roseanne, Mickey Rooney and Eartha Kitt. His extensive work in most of America’s regional theatres have included productions of OTHELLO, GIGI, ANYTHING GOES, HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON, PIRATES OF PENZANCE, UNDER MILKWOOD, WINTER’S TALE, IMAGINARY INVALID and THE MISER. Other acting credits include Iago, Romeo, Prince Hal, Lear’s Fool, Ariel, Octavius Caesar, Antipholus S., Apollodorus in CAESAR & CLEOPATRA, Cleante in THE MISER, Valere in TARTUFFE, Flute in MIDSUMMER, Finch in HOW TO SUCCEED and Bobby in COMPANY. His new musical adaptation of Art Linkletter’s KIDS SAY THE DARNDEST THINGS and the Shakespearean revue MUCH ADO ABOUT WILL are now being performed around the world and most recently he directed the new shows: NEFERTITI at the Parker Playhouse; IT’S A FABULOUS LIFE at the Broward Center in Ft.Lauderdale; the Prague and Korean productions of HAMLET – the new rock opera by Janek Ledecky. He’s enjoyed directing such stars as Ann Miller, Anne Hathaway, Chita Rivera, Donna Mckechnie, Jose Ferrer, George Grizzard, George S. Irving, Maria Karnilova, Nancy Marchand, Kaye Ballard, Lilianne Montevecchi, Christine Ebersole, Kristin Chenowith, Laura Benanti, Scott Bakula, Malcolm Gets, John Cullum, Stephanie Mills, Tony Roberts, Eddie Bracken, Jean Stapleton and Jane Powell, as well as, working with writers Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Maury Yeston, Stephen Schwartz, Comden and Green, Charles Strouse, Arthur Kopit, James Goldman and choreographers Susan Stroman, Ann Reinking, Jerry Mitchell, Rob Ashford, Michael Lichtefeld and Rob Marshall.