John has previously worked as an Artistic Director for the Laugh Out Loud Theatre Company and Places Please Productions in Pennsylvania. He has also served as Director to several theatre companies over the past 20 years, including the Salt City Center for the Performing Arts in New York, the Trenton College of New Jersey and the Golden Apple Theatre in Florida.
John’s extensive professional background during his 30 years in the theatre industry includes performances around the world. His resume consists of more than 100 different roles on both the professional opera and musical theatre stages. Some of his most highly acclaimed roles have included the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera, Lancelot in Camelot, Joe in Damn Yankees and the title character in Jekyll & Hyde.
As a concert soloist, Smitherman has been the tenor lead in most major oratorios and cantatas, including The Messiah, Seven Least Words of Christ and Masse du Sacre de Nepoleon. He was one of the original Three American Tenors and has performed alongside such greats as Barry Manilow, Charleton Heston and Shirley Jones.
An established playwright, John has written and performed several plays including Sorry Wrong Window, Holy Cannoli, Valentine Schmalentine, and Take My Husband…Please. He performed at the Broadway Theatre of Pitman in November 2012 (Music of the Night) and will continue to appear in upcoming shows on our stage and elsewhere.
In 2013, Smitherman will perform in With a Song in My Heart and Leading Men Don’t Dance at the Broadway Theatre. He will then direct Broadway Beauties and All Aboard… And Then Some! John will also manage all 2013 Main Stage productions:
The Broadway Theatre of Pitman is delighted to have John D. Smitherman join our theatre family and we look forward to the contributions that he will bring to our stage.
We would like to thank Patricia Mangano for her 6 years of hard work and dedication. Pat was instrumental in the rebirth of the Theatre in every aspect from the renovations of the building to the performances on stage. We wish her well in her future pursuits.
Extensively renovated in 2006, the 1,000-seat Broadway Theatre of Pitman hosts concerts, plays and other special events. One of only a handful of surviving theatres of its kind in the Delaware Valley, it has quickly become a performing arts beacon in Southern New Jersey. For information about upcoming events or theatre rental, call the Box Office at 856-384-8381 or visit pitmanbroadwaytheatre.com.