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#TL;DR: Writer. Producer. Actor. Theatremaker. Singer. educator. And a few other things.*

I was born in Japan with thanks to my incredible Air Force veteran parents. Grew up in West Germany and Northern California (mostly), and spent a good chunk in Europe and the UK touring and gigging. Moved to the big apple to do all the things in all the songs. Brooklyn based. Internationally sourced.

I made my Broadway debut as a singer for Riverdance, toured as Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar, and my performance career has spanned Broadway and off, to voiceover, television, and concert halls all over the world. I've also been involved in the development of dozens of new works for the stage as an award-winning writer, director, and producer.

​I've been a storyteller with music my entire life. My style is eclectic - an Afro-Cuban hip hop musical inspired by the Orisha and Shakespeare, a 70's rock musical about wine, a Christmas tale about veterans written with a country music legend; all part of the palette. I strive for authenticity of experience, and to challenge folks to be better human beings to each other. ​

*this site is really geared for my performance and writing work. if you're looking for my producing or administrative credentials please visit here

recent performance

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SWEENEY TODD

at four corners musical theatre, NM

At last… my arm was complete… for the first time. 💈 🪒 🩸 🥧

A thrilling run playing Mr. Todd for Four Corners Musical Theatre’s production of Sweeney Todd Oct 20-29, 2022 opposite the incomparable Anne Runolfsson!
 

upcoming productions & writing

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BOTTLE SHOCK! THE MUSICAL

World premiere

JOIN US JULY 7-23, 2023

at CA CENTER FOR THE ARTS, ESCONDIDO

Directed by CCAE Artistic Director, J. Scott Lapp, and Music Direction by Vadim Feichtner.

 

Based on the 2008 cult hit movie starring Alan Rickman and Bill Pullman. Bottle Shock! is the story of the early days of Napa Valley winemaking and the 1976 "Judgment of Paris" wine tasting, when for the first time, California wines beat the French in a blind tasting and history was upended. Bottle Shock, the musical is based on the 2008 film of the same name

book, lyrics & additional music by James D Sasser

music & lyrics by Charles Vincent Burwell

story by Ross Schwartz & Lannette Pabon and Jody Savin & Randall Miller, screenplay by Jody Savin & Randall Miller and Ross Schwartz 

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BY GEORGES!

A Day in the Life of the Legendary Chevalier de Saint-Georges 

A world premiere commission

by the lamplighters music theater

of San francisco

MAY 2023 -- stay tuned for dates!

book & lyrics  by James D Sasser

music & lyrics by Charles Vincent Burwell

Music Direction by  Mary Chun       Stage Direction by Céline Ricci

Executive and Artistic Director Cheryl Blalock 

Prolific Composer. Violin prodigy. Sword and Fencing master. Commander of the first all Black Legion. Seminal figure in the French and Haitian revolutions. Rumored lover to Marie Antoinette. Mentor to a young Thomas-Alexander Dumas, father of the famed writer. Inspiration to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Polymath. Genius. And so much more. Join us in a comic re-imagining of what a day in the life of this amazing figure almost lost to history would have been like!

RECENT REVIEWS

STARRing AS EMILE DE BECQUE in

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meet the cast of TUTS' south pacific!

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"...an impressively seductive James D Sasser."
Houston Press/Houston Times

"Played by James D Sasser as an ultra-suave Frenchman with a shady past... Sasser's hefty, alluring Baritone is plenty persuasive all by itself."

Houston Chronicle

"An impressively enamored James D Sasser [is] cunning... Musical Theater at its best, this one is for the ages. TUTS' superb production proves it." - Arkansas News  

More recent rave reviews!

AT PLAZA THEATricals

in elmont, long islanD NY