Robert Anthony Jones born and raised on Long Island, New York! Graduated from Hofstra University holding a BFA in Theatre Arts. He worked extensively in regional houses, internationally in Italy and Spain, and all over New York City… appeared in the original Off-Broadway Cast (and original Off-Broadway Cast recordings) of The Prince and the Pauper at the historic Lamb's Theatre in the heart of Times Square, and Bunnicula (based on the children's books) at the Daryl Roth Theatre. Not long after, Robert made his Broadway debut in Finding Neverland, playing the roles of Mr. Cromer and Mr. Henshaw on and off for over a year. Robert eventually took over the role of Mr. Cromer and was part of the final company. Three weeks later, he joined the National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway mega-hit, The Phantom of the Opera.
[00:00:53] Welcome RAJ- Stay Hydrated -drinking out of a measuring cup
[00:03:29] Starting on Long Island as a kid- Finding acceptance in musical theatre
[00:09:00] Straight theatre vs Musical theater
[00:12:16] Early Training on stage- Hofstra university
[00:17:34] Feeling that live audience
[00:20:17] Beginning to audition for professional theatre
[00:23:15] Drews Famous Magical Jukebox- Leads to representation
[00:26:37] What’s it like to pound the pavement as an aspiring actor
[00:30:14] Touring the world with theatre- and inflatable sets!
[00:39:29] Casting turning point happens
[00:45:20] Circus life- all different theaters- Connecting to those audiences
[00:54:38] Broadway Happens- Finding Neverland
[01:06:35] Support all the way through- Closing night on Broadway
[01:08:50] Whats next? And inspirational thoughts
Links to Russ on YouTube and his Websites