Jerome Vivona Talks Balance, Broadway & ‘The Nutty Professor’

Broadway veteran Jerome Vivona chats about his new show The Nutty Professor on The Randy Report
Jerome Vivona (courtesy photo)

In this episode of The Randy Report podcast, I’m talking with veteran Broadway performer – and longtime LGBTQ ally – Jerome Vivona.

Jerome recently returned to the stage after a hiatus of some years as part of the cast of The Nutty Professor, a new musical based on the classic 1963 Jerry Lewis film, currently in development at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine.

Jerome chats on his new show, his journey & perspective as an artist on Broadway and beyond, and how he came to what he calls the “third act” of his theatrical career. He shares about balancing family life with his creative endeavors, and the gratitude he feels for both.

Jerome’s extensive credits include the Broadway productions of Curtains, Seussical the Musical, Kiss Me Kate, Dream, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Guys and Dolls, and Jerome Robbins Broadway.

He also toured the U.S. in the national companies of How to Succeed, Guys and Dolls, and Jerome Robbins Broadway as well as performing for audiences abroad in West Side Story.

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Other stage credits include highly-acclaimed productions of The Producers, Sweet Charity, The All Night Strut, and Footloose.

His appearances on TV include The Today Show, Late Night with David Letterman, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, The Tony Awards and The Kennedy Center Honors. He’s also danced across the big screen in The Stepford Wives and Everyone Says I Love You.

The cast of The Nutty Professor takes a bow at the Ogunquit Playhouse
The cast of The Nutty Professor takes a bow at the Ogunquit Playhouse

On the other side of the table, Jerome wrote, directed, and choreographed the World Premiere productions of: An American Canteen in Paris and Spotlight Broadway, presented by Celebrity Cruise Lines.

Off-Broadway he conceived, produced, directed and choreographed the off-Broadway production of Just Feet From Broadway. Other off-Broadway credits include Start from Hello, Tallulah’s Party, and more.

Last year, he produced, directed and performed in the 21st Anniversary Concert of Seussical the Musical at Feinstein’s/54 Below.

He’s choreographed commercials for the Disney Channel, ABC Family and Nickelodeon TV, as well as Broadway.com commercials for the Tony Awards broadcasts.

Jerome Vivona backstage at The Nutty Professor
Jerome Vivona backstage at The Nutty Professor

With his wife Michelle, also an experienced Broadway veteran, they are Co-Owners/Artistic Directors of the American Theater Dance Workshop – voted Best Arts School on Long Island in 2019.

Together they train Long Island’s up-and-coming theatrical talents, giving back and passing on what they’ve learned throughout their long careers.

Jerome has also taught dance and music theater master classes at Indiana University School of Music, Carnegie Mellon University and Syracuse University.

For more info about Jerome head over to JeromeVivona.com.