One of the original Three American Tenors, Smitherman sings Jekyll & Hyde, Les Miserables, Phantom, La Mancha & more.
John D. Smitherman most recently played the role of Raoul in the world premiere of the new musical Return of the Phantom. He has performed the role of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables in 2014 and 2015 to become part of the elite group that can say they have done “The Big Three” referring to the top three leading man roles in musical theatre; Jekyll & Hyde, Jean Valjean, as well as the Phantom. He has performed well over 100 different roles on the professional opera and theatre stages including The 39 Steps (Richard Hannay) NJ, Boeing-Boeing (Bernard), Out of Order (George) FL, Handy Award: Best Actor in a Comedy, West Side Story (Tony) NY–Salt Award: Best Leading Actor in a Musical, Oklahoma (Curly) FL–Apple Award: Best Leading Actor in a Musical, Showboat(Ravenal), The Pajama Game (Sid) NY–Salt Award: Best Leading Actor in a Musical, Grease(Danny Zuko) FL, Unsinkable Molly Brown (Johnny Brown) NY–Salt Award: Best Leading Actor in a Musical, South Pacific (Lt. Joe Cable) WV-Grandview Award: Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, and the title role(s) in Jekyll & Hyde –Salt Award: Best Leading Actor in a Musical. John has the distinction of being one of the original Three American Tenors. He has authored several published comedies, including Holy Cannoli, Take My Husband…Please, Watchin’ Waldo, Sorry Wrong Window, Valentine Schmalentine, and the highly acclaimed production of ALL ABOARD…And Then Some! He can be heard on several recordings: John D. Smitherman…Live, Opera Passion, and By Popular Demand.