In his 30 year career, Jay Johnson has converted generations of ventriloquist-avoiding Americans with his charm, anarchy and innovative wit. In Jay Johnson: The Two and Only! he deconstructs and demonstrates his lifelong obsession. Jay Johnson is best known for playing the schizophrenic role of Chuck and Bob on the classic television comedy Soap, and is recognized as one of our foremost ventriloquists. In the show, he takes us on a multi-dimensional journey that combines his skills with a parade of characters that range from a subversive monkey to a withering tennis ball. He is a writer, philosopher, comic, poet, and artist. Jay Johnson: The Two and Only! comes to Broadway after receiving rave reviews during its triumphant off-Broadway, Los Angeles, and Boston engagements.
Here's what the critics are saying:
"READ MY LIPS — 'JAY JOHNSON: THE TWO AND ONLY!' IS A RARE, HILARIOUS TREAT! YOU SIMPLY WON'T BELIEVE YOUR EARS!"
— David Cote, NY1
"ASTOUNDINGLY ENTERTAINING! Jay Johnson's extraordinary 'The Two and Only!' earns its exclamation point and then some! His capable hands transform the audience into his happy toy accomplices, with mouths carved into perpetual smiles! DON'T MISS THE YEAR'S MOST UNEXPECTEDLY CAPTIVATING SHOW!"
— Adam Feldman, Time Out NY
"FORGET ANY SUSPICIONS YOU MAY HAVE ABOUT VENTRILOQUISM ON BROADWAY! 'Jay Johnson: The Two and Only!' holds its own with panache!"
— John Simon, Bloomberg News
"PACKED WITH LAUGH-OUT-LOUD COMEDY, TEARFUL POIGNANCY, AND AMAZING SKILL! A WORK OF ART! A family-friendly show that parents may well love even more than their kids. You can be sure it will be in residence on Broadway for a very long time!"
— Barbara & Scott Siegel, Theatermania.com
"AN IRRESISTIBLE BLEND OF SCHMALTZ AND SAVVY! Johnson's rapport with the audience and with his puppets is consistently superb. Hugely ingratiating!"
— Eric Grode, The New York Sun
"SPLENDID, HILARIOUS, GIDDY ENTERTAINMENT!"
— Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press
"EXTREMELY FUNNY! A SUPER-VIRTUOSO! I expected to enjoy 'The Two and Only,' but I didn't expect to be touched, much less to find my eyes growing moist."
— Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
"CHARMING, FUNNY, ENTERTAINING AND SURPRISINGLY TOUCHING! Johnson really demonstrates the genuine artistry of his calling."
— Michael Sommers, The Star-Ledger
"JAY JOHNSON REACHES OUT AND TICKLES THE CHILD IN ALL OF US! It's a real pleasure to spend such quality time with him and his chatty comrades in arms!"
— Jacques Le Sourd, The Journal News
"A SURPRISING AND EXTREMELY FUNNY SHOW! VERY ENTERTAINING! A FEAT OF SHEER VIRTUOSITY!"
— Clive Barnes, New York Post
Tuesday and Wednesday Night Talk Backs: Join us after the Tuesday and Wednesday evening performances for a special post-show "talk back".
Get a rare look at what happens to the puppets once the performance is over! Jay Johnson will also take questions from members of the audience.
If you would like to stay for this 15-minute talk back, remain in your seat after the performance.
Author: Jay Johnson
Conceived by: Jay Johnson, Murphy Cross and Paul Kreppel
Director: Murphy Cross & Paul Kreppel
Producer: Roger Alan Gindi, Stewart F. Lane & Bonnie Comley, Dan Whitten, Herbert Goldsmith Productions, Ken Grossman, Bob & Rhonda Silver, Michael A. Jenkins/Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc., WetRock Entertainment
Press Agent: O & M: Origlio / Miramontez