Over the last four decades, John Miller has served as Music Coordinator for over 130 Broadway productions and is currently represented by Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations and Oklahoma!, in addition to the upcoming New York production of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical. He has worked on Broadway’s biggest hits including: The Producers, Once, Jersey Boys, and Hairspray. As a bassist, he has played with everyone from Madonna, Bob Dylan, and Elvis Costello, to Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and the New York Philharmonic. As an actor, he played the role of Dee Dee the drug-dealing percussionist in Amazon Prime’s Golden Globe-winning “Mozart in the Jungle” for all four seasons.
Miller’s album, “Stage Door Johnny”, takes an irreverent and engaging musical trek through a collection of beloved tunes, featuring songs currently on Broadway – “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” from My Fair Lady, “Why Can’t You Behave?” from Kiss Me Kate, and “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'” from Oklahoma! – in addition to unexpected choices like “Real Live Girl” from Little Me and “I Won’t Grow Up” from Peter Pan.
On “Stage Door Johnny”, John Miller uses jazzy arrangements, humor, even country music inflections to spice up the mix and create what he wryly calls “Quaalude Funk.” The album seeks to remind Broadway fans just how versatile the genre is, and how well the songs stand up to new arrangements. Even those who feel predisposed to not like theater music might find themselves humming along to the tunes.