Merritt David Janes

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Merritt David Janes is an American stage actor and singer. He comes from a family of musicians and studied to be a music teacher at the University of Maine. He went on to study theatre at Circle in the Square Theatre School before becoming involved with national touring companies of Broadway shows in 2007.

Professional career[edit]

Janes first toured nationally in 2007 with The Wedding Singer and starred as Robbie Hart.[1] He then played Sweeney Todd in the second national tour of John Doyle's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street revival production.[2]

In February 2010, Janes joined the fourth national tour of Beauty and the Beast as Lumiere and stayed with the tour company for over a year.[3] On September 9, 2011, Janes originated the role of Lord Farquaad in the second national tour (first non-equity tour) of Shrek the Musical.[4]

Janes originated the role of Agent Carl Hanratty, opposite Stephen Anthony as Frank Abagnale, Jr., in the first national tour of Catch Me If You Can, which began on October 3, 2012.[5] He stayed with the company until its final show on June 30, 2013.[6]

Janes toured with the re-imagined U.S. touring company of The Phantom of the Opera, which began on November 27, 2013.[7]

Janes is currently starring in the ensemble of the original Broadway cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's School of Rock (musical). On August 24, 2017, it was announced that Janes will join the first National Tour of School of Rock (musical), performing as Dewey at select performances.[8]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 19, 2012. Retrieved March 21, 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "SWEENEY TODD to Make Detroit Premiere at the Fisher Theatre March 17 - April 5".
  3. ^ "'Beauty and the Beast' tour hits Worcester".
  4. ^ "SHREK THE MUSICAL Opens the Broadway Sacramento Season, 9/27-10/2".
  5. ^ "Stephen Anthony and Merritt David Janes Lead CATCH ME IF YOU CAN National Tour, Opening in RI Today, 10/7".
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 20, 2013. Retrieved March 21, 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Cast".
  8. ^ "Rob Colletti to Lead School of Rock National Tour; Complete Cast Announced". August 24, 2017.

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