John-Michael Breen.
 

Hey there.
John-Michael Breen, here.
Actor. Singer. Director.
(And general goofball.)

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A Massachusetts native now living in New York City, John-Michael is actively pursuing all creative and collaborative projects in this insane industry we call the arts. You may have recently seen him (heard him?) melting faces in the United States or select Canadian provinces on the Tenth Anniversary tour of Rock of Ages (Lonny).

After graduating from Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts in 2014 (B.F.A. Theatre Arts), he has appeared in regional theaters across the East Coast & the Southern U.S. in productions including The Graduate (Benjamin, New Hampshire Theatre Award Finalist — Best Actor), the world premiere of The Waltz by Carolyn Kirsch (NHTA Finalist — Best Supporting Actor), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena/Starveling/Moth), Xanadu (Terpsicore/Hermes), The Robber Bridegroom (Little Harp), Dracula (Renfield), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Clopin, u/s Quasimodo), The Who’s TOMMY (Cousin Kevin, standby Tommy), RED (Ken, NHTA Finalist — Best Supporting Actor), and multiple productions of The Rocky Horror Show (Riff Raff, Eddie, etc.), Peter and the Starcatcher (Ted, Slank/Hawking Clam) and Cabaret.

As a director, John-Michael has helmed productions of Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening (translated by Jonathan Franzen) and one act plays by Tennessee Williams (Green Eyes) and Tony Kushner (Terminating). He co-directed Lord of the Flies (NHTA nominee — Best Youth Production) for The Winnipesaukee Playhouse’s Education Department and assisted direction on the world premiere of Israel Potter … American Patriot for their professional company (dir. Matt Cahoon).

 
 
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“Here again, Breen creates a clear, striking character … delivering show highlights; the dance, the vocals, the attitude.”

- Jeanné McCartin, SeacoastOnline (The Who’s TOMMY, Summer 2018)

 
 

For full resume and credits, please click here.

Thank you, ever so, for visiting & reading!

 

Much love,

JMB

 

Press + Reviews

 
 
ROCK OF AGES  (Photo by Jeremy Daniel)

ROCK OF AGES (Photo by Jeremy Daniel)

LONNY - ROCK OF AGES

“Breen as Lonny gives a comic gem of a performance as he dispenses half-baked rock philosophy armed only with his trusty Fogmaster 5000 machine.” — Michael Hoban, The Theatre Mirror (Boston, MA)

“…the fun is in the telling and that includes music (played by an on-stage rock band) that makes the audience cheer and sing along, a comedic narrator (brilliantly played by John-Michael Breen, a local talent on his first national tour), and enough sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll to make this a not-safe-for-kids affair.” — Quirky Fusion (Boston)

“Breen did a fantastic job weaving in and out of the scenes and provided most of the meta jokes and observations from his storyteller perspective. His flamboyant personality and impeccable timing were engrossing. His performance and overall look was reminiscent of Neil Patrick Harris as Hedwig.” — Emma Hellmer, The Daily Cardinal (Madison, WI)

“The tongue-in-cheek antics of the stage show would not be complete without our narrator/sound guy, Lonny, brilliantly played by John-Michael Breen. […] This character is another that I have hardly noticed in the past, but Breen has made Lonny my favorite of the show. His voice is a-maz-ing! His acting alone is going to take him very far, but the singing is rock to the enth degree. I can’t wait to see what he does next. He creates a larger character than what was written and doesn’t over run anyone but adds to the entire production.” — The Rogers Revue (Baltimore, MD)

“Charming and comedic, mischievous and fun-loving, Mr. Breen plays the role to the hilt. […] The ultra-hilarious second act duet “Can’t Fight This Feeling” shines as one of the production’s show-stopping numbers.” — Steve Charing, MD Theatre Guide (Baltimore)


ROCK OF AGES (cont.)

“But the real star of the show is Lonny, played by John-Michael Breen. Lonny the narrator sees and knows all, he’s there to fill in some gaps and give us some exposition, all with a wink in his eye and a witty aside or two. Breen pulls it all off masterfully, and with a great voice to boot, but he really manages to pull us in, and rip off the artifice of the show without taking us out of the show’s story. […] It’s a tricky tightrope act to not make it all come off as incredibly cheesy and Breen never once loses his balance. He really is the glue that holds the entire show together.” — Chuck Duncan, Hotchka (Baltimore)

“John-Michael Breen as Lonny has an air of teenage dirtbag to him, but with heart and charm. He is our much-beloved host for the evening.” — Cybele Pomeroy, BroadwayWorld (Baltimore)

“His portrayal took the character from what some people consider a supporting role to the lead of the show. And he did it in a way that didn't take away from the show.” — DC Felton, BroadwayWorld (Des Moines, IA)

The show stealer here is John-Michael Breen as the show’s narrator and lead player, Lonny. His use of the a portable fog machine at precisely the right times couple with impeccable comedic timing to make Breen’s performance keenly memorable.” — Barry Reszel, ChicagoLand Musical Theatre

ROCK OF AGES  (Photo by Jen Derbach)

ROCK OF AGES (Photo by Jen Derbach)


A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM  (Photo by Mary Hunter)

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Photo by Mary Hunter)

FAVOrite past roles

John-Michael Breen, this time as Cousin Kevin, is quickly becoming a favorite. Here again, Breen creates a clear, striking character. [...] Breen, along with the three other Local Lad characters, deliver show highlights; the dance, the vocals, the attitude.” — Jeanné McCartin, SeacoastOnline (The Who’s TOMMY)

John-Michael Breen distinguishes himself as Clopin the Gypsy King. Breen creates a charismatic Clopin, and wows with a clear, beautiful voice.” — Jeanné McCartin, SeacoastOnline (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

“John-Michael Breen delivered a beautifully truthful portrayal of Helena; […] Encompassing a range of emotions, Breen’s Helena is relatable to anyone who has known love. As she is running across the stage in her high heels chasing love, we’re there rooting her on. [...] With material that can easily be misconstrued or turned satirical, this well-connected nine person cast delved down to the core of the story and their characters, to present with heartfelt honesty a play about chance, the intensity of love and humanity.” — Angelica Potter, OnStageBlog (Midsummer)

“Nine actors comprise the ensemble; it’s a testament both to the director’s ability and the talents of the company that it seems like there are far more. All of the actors pull double — or triple-duty, manifesting characters with an abundance of expressions and mannerisms with which to set each apart, utilizing the barest minimum of costume changes to bring each player to the fore. ” — Michael Curtiss, Caught In The Act NH (Midsummer)

 

Representation
The Roster Agency

Height
5’10”

Weight
130 lbs

Hair Color
Brown

Eye Color
Hazel

For all bookings contact michael w. rodriguez at the roster agency:
michael@therosteragency.com // 212.725.8459

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