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A man in a three-piece grey suit stands in the middle of a crowd with his arms raised in jubilation. The crowd carries picket signs that have photographs of his face and the words “John Doe.”
James Moye as John Willoughby with the cast of Meet John Doe. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

Meet John Doe

An American Musical

date March 15, 2007 — May 20, 2007

When ambitious newspaper reporter Ann Mitchell loses her job in the middle of the Depression, she prints a phony letter from a “John Doe” who, protesting the state of society, promises to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge on Christmas Eve. Circulation goes through the roof, and Ann convinces her editor to hire an out-of-work ballplayer, John Willoughby, to stand in while she ghost-writes the “John Doe” column.

With her words and his down-home charm, John Doe quickly becomes a national sensation. As Ann, John and “John” tour the country, a strange love triangle begins to form. When the paper’s powerful owner reveals his true plans for John Doe, both Ann and John must confront the hoax they’ve created and decide what they truly believe in.

Artistic Team

Director Eric Schaeffer
Musical Staging Karma Camp
Music Director Jaime Schmidt
Scenic Designer Derek McLane
Costume Designer Alejo Vietti
Lighting Designer Rui Rita
Sound Designer David Budries
Wigs and Hair Designer Cookie Jordan
Orchestrator Jonathan Tunick
Fight Director David Leong
Assistant Stage Manager Jess W. Speaker III
Production Stage Manger Craig A. Horness

Cast

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Heidi Blickenstaff

Ann Mitchell

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Joel Blum

Colonel

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James Moye

John Willoughby

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Guy Paul

Richard Connell

Stephen Gregory Smith

Beany

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Patrick Ryan Sullivan

D.B. Norton

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Christopher Bloch

Ensemble

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Suzanne Briar

Ensemble

Michael Bunce

Ensemble

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Thembi Duncan

Ensemble

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Daniel Cohen

Ensemble

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Danielle Eden

Ensemble

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Eleasha Gamble

Ensemble

Amy McWilliams

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Tracy Lynn Olivera

Ensemble

Thomas Adrian Simpson

Ensemble

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Kimberly McNeese

Understudy

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Joe Peck

Understudy

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