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Tim Jerome

Tim Jerome For the past 3 years, Tim has performed the role of Monsieur Firmin in Broadway's PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, the role he was selected to play in 2004 when PHANTOM became Broadway’s Longest-Running Show and returned in 2012 for its 25th Anniversary.

Prior to that, he was Dick Latessa's understudy inThe Lyons. He was seen very briefly in the Off-Broadway revival of Dracula following a somewhat longer run in the rather more successful revival of Flamingo Court at New World Stages.

He starred as Alfred P. Doolittle in the acclaimed U.S. national touring production of the London revival of My Fair Lady for which he received the Carbonell Award and a Helen Hayes Award nomination. On Broadway, prior to his run in Phantom of the Opera, he played Jane’s father, Professor Porter, in Disney’s Tarzan and Belle’s father, Maurice, in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.  He performed leading roles in the original Broadway casts of Grand HotelThe Moony Shapiro Songbook, Arthur Miller's Creation of the World and Other Business, The Rothschilds,  and was nominated for the 1987 Drama Desk and Tony Awards for his performance as The Family Solicitor in Me and My Girl. 

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He was featured in Baz Luhrmann’s production of La Boheme in the roles of Alcindoro and Benoit. Also on Broadway, Tim performed leading roles in CatsThe Magic ShowLost in Yonkers, and (the original) Man of La Mancha. He participated in the pre-Broadway development of Ragtime, The Red Shoes, The Baker’s Wife, Assassins, and a host of readings, workshops and showcase presentations of well-known and unknown works of contemporary theatre.

Regionally, Tim appeared at the North Shore Music Theatre (Beverly, MA), Goodspeed Musicals (Chester, CT), the George Street Playhouse (New Brunswick, NJ), Phoenix Theatre (Purchase, NY), The McCarter Theatre (Princeton, NJ) and was a member of the Arena Stage (Washington, D.C.) acting company originating roles in Tom Lehrer’sTomfoolery, Tintypes, A 1940s Radio Hour and David Hare’s Plenty.

In 2008, Tim received a Special Award from the New England Theatre Conference for Outstanding Achievement in the American Theatre.

He is the Founding President of National Music Theater Network, Inc. In 1983, he designed its core programs. NMTN, which promotes new musicals, is responsible for launching several successful programs featuring new works, notably The Songbook Series (monthly at the Donnell Library for 17 years); BroadwayUSA! (1998-2004: the prototype of MainStreet Musicals), and the annual New York Musical Theatre Festival (launched in 2004, winner of the 2004 Jujamcyn Award).

Tim’s film credits include: Streets of New YorkThirteen Days, (Tim Robbins’) Cradle will Rock, (Woody Allen’s)Husbands and Wives, Everyone Says I Love You, Celebrity and Deconstructing Harry, A Price Above Rubies, Compromising Positions, (Costa Gavras’) Betrayed, Billy Bathgate, Spiderman 2, and the indy film The Third Testament.

On television, Tim has had featured roles in Law and OrderThird Watch and others. He also has had a long career in radio and audio as an actor, director and producer starring in over a dozen episodes of Joe Frank’s award-winning radio satire series. In the 1970s, he co-produced the long-running WBAI-Pacifica drama series The Radio, and has appeared on SciFi.com’s Seeing Ear Theatre presentations and in several audio dramas for WNYC’s The Next Big Thing. He has won Earphone and Audie Awards for his recorded books.

A fervent unionist, Tim is a proud member of four performer unions. He has served as a Councilor of Actors Equity Association, as a Board Member of Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and as 1st Vice President of The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA). He attended Cornell University, Ithaca College (BFA) and Manhattan School of Music (Master of Music).


Tim Jerome, President

Sherman Yellen, Chairperson

Maggie Harrer, Vice-President

Dr. Aaron Adair

Roger Ames

Doug Barron

Barbara Bellman

Edward R. Cox

Aaron David Gleason

Wren Marie Harrington

Joshua Hinck

Emma R. Jerome

Robert Kesten

Bill Liberman

Vatican Lokey

Marc Moritz

Alyce Mott

Sarah Melissa Rotker

Charley Repole

Nancy Robillard

Christian Sebek

Ron Spivak

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Emanuael Azenberg

Gabriel Barre

Patricia Birch

Michael Cassara

Kathleen Chalfant

Graciela Daniele

Stephen Flaherty

Sutton Foster

Sheldon Harnick

George Hearn

Judy Kaye

Nina Lannan

Peter Lawrence

Hal Linden

John Lithgow

Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill

Patti Lupone

Brian Stokes Mitchell

Dina Merrill

Robert Petkoff

Harold Prince

Thomas Schumacher

Thomas Z. Shepard

Tony Walton

Lillias White

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