John McMartin
Biographical Information
Born August 21st, 1929
Warsaw, Indiana, United States
Productions Little Mary Sunshine as Cpl. (original cast)
The Conquering Hero as Forrest Noble (original Broadway cast)
Pleasures and Palace as John Paul Jones (original Broadway cast)
Sweet Charity as Oscar Lindquist (original Broadway cast/film)
Follies as Benjamin Stone (original Broadway cast)
Sondheim: A Musical Tribute
Happy New Year as The Narrator (original Broadway cast)
A Little Night Music as Fredrik Egerman
Show Boat as Cap'n Andy Hawks
High Society as Uncle Willie (originated the role)
The Visit as Anton Schell
Into the Woods as The Narrator/Mysterious Man
Grey Gardens as J.V. "Major" Bouvier/Norman Vincent Peale (original cast)
Paradise Found as Shah
Anything Goes as Elisha Whitney
Recordings Sweet Charity (original cast recording)
Sweet Charity (film soundtrack)
Follies (original cast recording)
Sondheim: A Musical Tribute
High Society (1998 cast recording
Vocal Type Baritone

John McMartin is an American actor.


Born in Warsaw, Indiana, McMartin made his professional theatre debut in Little Mary Sunshine and received a Tony Award nomination for his role as Oscar in Sweet Charity. Whilst best known for musical roles, McMartin appeared in a wide variety of stage plays, including Artist Descending a Staircase by Tom Stoppard and as Alceste in The Misanthrope.

McMartin also made several guest appearances on television, on The Golden Girls, Cheers and its spin-off Frasier (playing different characters). In 2011 he made a notable appearance as Thomas Jefferson in A Free Man of Color.


McMartin has a musical career spanning decades, beginning with originating roles in Little Mary Sunshine (winning a Theatre World Award) and Pleasures and Palaces, before making his career breakthrough as Oscar Lindquist in both the musicaland the film Sweet Charity.

McMartin would go on to appear in a number of hit musicals, originating the role of Benjamin Stone in Follies and Uncle Willie in High Society. He also appeared in later revivals of classic shows including Show Boat and Anything Goes.


Sweet Charity (1969)

  • Sweet Charity (solo)


Little Mary Sunshine (1959)(originated the role)

  • Once In a Blue Moon (duet)
  • Heap Big Injun (solo)

The Conquering Hero (1961)(originated the role)

Pleasures and Palaces (1965)(originated the role)

  • To Marry (solo)
  • In Your Eyes (duet)
  • Propaganda (contains solo lines)
  • Ah, to Be Home Again (contains solo lines)

Sweet Charity (1966)(originated the role)

  • Charity's Theme (solo)
  • I'm the Bravest Individual (duet)
  • Sweet Charity (solo)

Follies (1971)(originated the role)

  • Don't Look at Me (duet)
  • Waiting for the Girls Upstairs (contains solo lines)
  • The Road You Didn't Take (solo)
  • Too Many Mornings (duet)
  • Live, Laugh, Love (contains solo lines)
  • Chaos (contains solo lines)

Sondheim: A Musical Tribute (1973)

  • Pleasant Little Mornings (duet)
  • Too Many Mornings (duet)

Happy New Year (1980)(originated the role)

  • Night and Day (duet)

A Little Night Music (1991)

  • Now/Soon/Later (contains solo lines)
  • You Must Meet My Wife (duet)
  • A Weekend in the Country (contains solo lines)
  • It Would Have Been Wonderful (duet)
  • Finale (duet)

Show Boat (1994)

  • Cap'n Andy's Ballyhoo (contains solo lines)
  • Act I Finale (Wedding Scene)(contains solo lines)
  • Why Do I Love You? (contains solo lines)

High Society (1998)(originated the role)

  • Throwing a Ball Tonight (contains solo lines)
  • She's Got That Thing (contains solo lines)
  • Well, Did You Evah?
  • Let's Misbehave (contains solo lines)
  • Say It With Gin (solo)

The Visit (2001)(originated the role)

  • I Know Claire (solo)
  • You, You, You (duet)
  • I Must Have Been Something (solo)
  • Look at Me (contains solo lines)
  • Fear (solo)
  • A Car Ride (contains solo lines)
  • In the Forest Again (duet)

Into the Woods (2002)

  • No More (duet)

Grey Gardens (2006)(originated the role)

J.V. "Major" Bouvier
  • Marry Well (contains solo lines)
Norman Vincent Peale
  • Choose to Be Happy (solo)

Paradise Found (2010)

Anything Goes (2011)

  • I Want to Row on the Boat (solo)


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