John Cavazos

(a.k.a. John Caleb)


John Cavazos, a native of Los Angeles spent 20 years living and working in New York City. An actor by trade, he made his New York City professional debut in 1979 at Radio City Music Hall and his Broadway debut in 1981 in the 25th Anniversary Revival of "My Fair Lady" with the legendary actor, Sir Rex Harrison.

Known as John Caleb in theatrical circles, he also performed in Regional Theatre, Summer Stock, Dinner Theatre, Commercials and toured in National Touring Companies before landing one of the starring roles in Stephen Sondheim’s exotic musical about the western invasion of Japan, "Pacific Overtures " in 1984-85, to which he received enthusiastic reviews from such austere critics as New York Times' Frank Rich and The New Yorker's John Simon.

Of his performance in "Pacific Overtures " Frank Rich of the New York Times wrote "John Caleb is particularly amusing and fleet of foot as the French Ambassador" and USA Today said, "the cast, especially John Caleb...juggles the many roles terrifically." Drama-Logue wrote about John, "the fisherman is played with depth and feeling by John Caleb" and Back Stage had this to say about John's performance "the ensemble cast is wonderful - extra applause for John Caleb."

His last performance in New York was in a Centennial Tribute to Jerome Kern, produced by Alice Hammerstein, daughter of the late great Oscar Hammerstein II and directed and choreographed by five (5) time Tony winner, Susan Stromann.

The many individuals in show business that John has worked with or alongside read like a Who's Who, including such icons as Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Burnett, Mickey Rooney, singer Barbara McNair, Nancy Culp (of "The Beverly Hillbillies"), Nancy Dussault (of "Too Close for Comfort"), Sharon Lawrence (of NYPD Blue), Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner, Stephen Sondheim, Oscar winner Sir Rex Harrison, "Thriller" choreographer Michael Peters and Opera legend Marilyn Horne to name a few.

He is listed in John Willis' THEATRE WORLD, volumes 36-41, ranging from 1979-1986 and singled out in a somewhat racy account about the 25th Anniversary production of "My Fair Lady" in a tell-all book by British director Patrick Garland, "The Incomparable Rex". SONDHEIM by Martin Gottfried, an anthology of stories and pictures of Sondheim's shows from West Side Story to Assassins, features John in photos from "Pacific Overtures". You can go to www.theatredb.com, an Internet theatre database and bookstore and www.ibdb.com, an Internet Broadway database on Broadway performers where you will find John Caleb listed for both "Pacific Overtures" and "My Fair Lady". He is also mentioned in Who's Who in Broadway performers online as well as at Lincoln Center Library in New York City, where his many performances, including "My Fair Lady", "Pacific Overtures" as well as "Animal Crackers" (a Marx Brothers Musical) and "Portrait of Jenny" (an Off-Broadway Showcase) can be viewed.

John studied classical Piano with Swiss concert pianist, Anna Del Vol. He studied classical Voice with Martin Green - a Seth Riggs protégé as well as New York City Opera coach, William Woodword, while attending Brooklyn College Music Conservatory. He studied Acting with Paul Gleason, at the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera Workshop of which he is also a graduate. He began his career in the theatre as a Dancer having studied ballet, jazz and tap with film and television dancer and instructor, Riki Lugo, who’s extraordinary dance company, Jazz Etc, John was a member of. He also studied jazz with JoJo Smith and ballet with New York City Ballet Company legend, Melissa Hayden, both in New York City.

His original works include, "El Shaddai" for which he wrote the music and lyrics along with Charles Murray, "Resurrection Morning", an Easter Cantata, "The Mystery of La Estrella" a Christmas Cantata and "Thirty Pieces of Silver" an Easter Cantata. These Cantatas are fully staged with Actors, Dancers, Mimes as well as Choral Music. He wrote, staged and directed an original production, a five character play based on the book "Who Moved My Cheese" by Dr. Spencer Johnson, a practical guide for adapting to change in one's life and work place. He has directed and choreographed "Scrooge", "The Sound of Music", "Annie", "Godspell", "Cinderella" and "Children of Eden" for the performing arts department of his local church.


John's career received a second wind when he was cast in May of 2004 in The Voices of Liberty at EPCOT/Disney. This a cappela ensemble comprised of eight singers began as The Regeneration in the 1970's - a gospel Acappela group whose gifted voices and soaring arrangements by Derric Johnson (see www.singers.com/gospel/derricjohnson.html) quickly put them on the map traveling and recording and ministering around the country. The group was invited to Disney and offered a contract in 1982 and have been there ever since as The Voices of Liberty. VOL is one of the oldest and longest running productions at Walt Disney World and their impressive vocals have attracted many year-round ticket holders to continue to come back over 20 years just to hear them sing. They have performed for every kind of imaginable event from singing the Star Spangled Banner at the opening of the Citrus Bowl to singing at the White House for President Reagan.

Despite John's demanding schedule he continues to teach and coach more than 40 voice students from Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and The Holy Land Experience and is effectively - the voice teacher in demand in the Orlando area.

Starting this fall, John will begin teaching at Rollins College of Music as an Adjunct Professor working with the Rollins Singers under the guidance of Dr. John Sinclair.

John and his beautiful wife, Annie, have been married 20 years and have two very lovely and accomplished daughters, Ariel and Jerusha.

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Starting in Fall 2010, John will be teaching at Rollins College of Music as an Adjunct Professor working with the Rollins Singers under the guidance of Dr. John Sinclair.