Theater Past Faculty

John Rando

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John Rando made his Broadway debut directing Neil Simon's The Dinner Party, starring Henry Winkler and John Ritter. Other Broadway credits include Urinetown: The Musical (2002 Tony Award, Best Director and Outer Critics Circle Award), the 2006 Tony nominated musical The Wedding Singer, the revival of Herb Gardner's A Thousand Clowns starring Tom Selleck, and Dance of the Vampires, starring Michael Crawford. For City Center's Encores! series, John recently directed the highly-acclaimed concert version of On The Town. Also for Encores! he directed Irving Berlin and Moss Hart's Face The Music, Of Thee I Sing, The Pajama Game, Do Re Mi and Strike up the Band. And for the Encores Summer Stars, he directed Damn Yankees. His current Off-Broadway production of The Toxic Avenger Musical won the 2009 Outer Critics Circle Award for best Off-Broadway Musical. Rando achieved prominence in New York as director of the David Ives' comedies: Mere Mortals (Primary Stages, John Houseman Theatre), Polish Joke (Manhattan Theatre Club) and Ancient History/English Made Simple (Primary Stages), as well as Lives of the Saints (Philadelphia Theatre Company and Berkshire Theatre Festival). Additional Off-Broadway credits include Pig Farm (The Roundabout Theatre), Bright Ideas (Manhattan Class Company), Peter Ackerman's Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight (Promenade Theatre) and Comedy of Errors (The Acting Company). John has worked extensively in the regional theatre, including productions at The Old Globe Theatre, The Geffen Playhouse, and The Alley Theatre, among many others.