'Two' counts on Broadway
After losing its scheduled dates this spring due to a theater logjam, “Jay Johnson: The Two and Only” is back on track for Broadway, starting previews Sept. 19 at the Helen Hayes Theater for a Sept. 28 opening.
Ventriloquist Johnson is best known for his role on long-running ABC comedy “Soap.” His show deconstructs his artistic obsession of 30 years with the aid of his dummy Bob, aiming to shake the dust off ventriloquism while recapping the history of the performance art.
Having premiered Off Broadway at the Atlantic Theater in 2004, the show played the Brentwood Theater in Los Angeles as well as Burbank’s Colony Theater earlier this year; it’s booked for a pre-Broadway engagement at Boston’s American Repertory Theater July 12-Aug. 6.
Directed and co-created by Murphy Cross and Paul Kreppel, the show is produced by Roger Alan Gindi, Stewart F. Lane & Bonnie Comley, Dan Whitten, Herbert Goldsmith Prods. and WetRock Entertainment.
Johnson follows Sarah Jones’ Tony-winning “Bridge & Tunnel” into the Hayes. Scheduled to close Aug. 6, the multicharacter solo show originally was planned for an eight-week limited run but has extended twice, forcing producers of “The Two and Only” to reschedule.