John is an entertainer. He always has been. As long as he can remember, he's never been anything else...
He's good at it too!
John's completely self-contained piano/vocal show can be tailor-made to YOUR event! An evening with John at the keyboard can contain almost anything! From The Beatles and Billy Joel, to Broadway's Greatest Hits and Standards from the Great American Songbook.
All performed in John's unique style!
"Let me know if you need an entertainer for your next event, party, wedding, or anything you can think of.
You might not know what you want
...but I do!"
What to Expect
What can you expect from my show?
Well... That all depends on what YOU want!
A Wedding? Certainly!
Dinner music? Sure!
A sing-along piano party? That's my specialty!
My goal is to tailor each and every show to each specific event. You tell me what you want, and I'll deliver it with a high-energy piano/vocal show that is sure to wow your guests!
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 25 years of regional credits include: 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, musical director, pianist and conductor and vocal arranger; having staged and/or conducted over 75 productions. Favorites include productions of : 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 is researching ideas for a new musical. He is also in the process of recording his debut CD.
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. When not on stage, John enjoys cooking, sailing, and spending quality time with his family on Catalina Island! He dedicates every performance to the memory of his parents, John & Donna Massey. Proud member of Actors Equity.
Additional Booking Notes
My show is completely self-contained.
I come with my own keyboard and sound system.
Of course, if you already have a piano in your venue, I can use that as well. I just ask that it be tuned within a week prior to my appearance.
If I am using your piano, I can bring my own sound system.
If I use your sound system, I will require a sound check with your audio technician.
As far as lighting goes, I don't require lighting, if I am performing in a private residence. If you are requesting me to perform in a public venue, I do ask that the venue have some sort of stage lighting system.
Thank you and I hope to hear from you soon!
I tailor my set lists to what YOU, the customer/producer want! In a typical set, you're likely to hear:
Against All Odds, Beauty and the Beast, Begin The Beguine, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Brown Eyed Girl, Can't Smile Without You, Daniel, Fins, Hey Jude, If I Had $1,000,000, I've Got The World On A String, Maybe I'm Amazed, My Life, New York State of Mind, Piano Man, She Touched Me, Smile, Tiny Dancer, Twistin' The Night Away, (What A) Wonderful World, and Your Song...
...to name just a few!
Influences & Inspiration
While learning to play the piano growing up, I was heavily influenced by: The Beatles, Barry Manilow, Elton John, Jimmy Buffett, and Billy Joel.
As my love for the theatre grew, I found myself being influenced by Frank Loesser, Cole Porter, The Gershwins, Rodgers & Hart, Harold Arlen, and many of the songwriters who make up The Great American Songbook.
My show contains a little bit of everything!
My equipment requires a set up area of no less than 8' x 8'
The venue must have their own stage lighting system and someone to run it.
If you want me to plug into your sound system, I will require an hour of set-up time that must include a sound check with your sound technician.
For shows/events lasting longer than 90 min., you must provide me with someplace to take a break.