Broadway and Beyond
J. Robert Spencer is best known as Broadway’s original Nick Massi in the Tony Award- and Grammy Award-winning show “Jersey Boys,” with additional credits beyond as an independent film director, producer, writer and singer.
He followed his stint on “Jersey Boys” as the original Dan Goodman in the critically-acclaimed and Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical “Next To Normal.” His performance earned him a 2008-2009 Helen Hayes Award Nomination, and a 2008-2009 Tony Award Nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.
The Midtown Men
Since 2011, J. Robert has performed in over 700 concerts all over the world with his singing group, “The Midtown Men – Four Original Stars from Broadway’s Jersey Boys.” The group has toured all over the United States and internationally in Italy, Canada, Mexico City, and Beijing. The Midtown Men have produced and recorded several CD’s, including a Christmas single written and produced by Stevie Van Zandt. The group recently filmed their concert and a documentary for PBS titled, “The Midtown Men – Live in Concert.”
In 2019, J. Robert released his solo single “Waiting On Christmas” online worldwide. “Waiting On Christmas” is a modern classic taking cues from the likes of Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole.
His talents have also received acclaim onscreen and behind the screen. J. Robert was nominated in 2008-2009 for a Midwest Emmy Award for Best on Camera Performance by a Leading Actor for his work on Sony and PBS Concert production of Handel’s Messiah Rocks with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops! As a voiceover artist, he has performed voices for two Japanese animated features: “Nightmare Campus” and voiced the lead role of Sieta in the Critically Acclaimed and Award-winning “Grave of the Fireflies.”
J. Robert is also the 2009 recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Shenandoah University.