Merritt David Janes

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Merritt_David_JanesOriginally from Colchester, Vermont, Merritt is a graduate of the Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York City and is an alumnus from the University of Maine (recently awarded the 2012 Spirit of Maine Alumni Achievement Award.) He began his professional career playing the title role in the first Broadway National Tour of the The Wedding Singer as Robbie Hart. Merritt then moved immediately into his second Broadway National Tour in his second consecutive title role as the youngest actor ever to tour the part of the murderous barber Sweeney Todd. He went on to perform in three additional National Tours in the roles of the magical French candelabra, Lumiere, as an original cast member of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Lord Farquaad in Shrek and most recently Carl Hanratty in the First National Tour of Catch Me If You Can. Other previous regional theatrical roles include Little Shop of Horrors (The Dentist), Two Gentleman of Verona (The Duke), Grease (Danny), Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (Adam) and Tenderloin (Tommy). Merritt has also performed as a classical Tenor soloist with the Vermont Philharmonic and has toured across the USA in addition to four separate European concert tours. He has given past solo performances at Carnegie Hall, Broadway’s Beacon Theatre and the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.