“Father” does know best – especially when it comes to creating
a new entertainment genre.
Take the case of mastermind/producer John Stuart, known as
the “Father” of what is now the impersonation empire throughout
the world. His unique creativity and vision has spawned the
longest running self-produced award-winning production on
two coasts, “Legends In Concert.” In Las Vegas, the history-making
show is now in its 21st year at the Imperial Palace. In Atlantic
City, it has been running for 19 ½ years and is currently
playing at Bally’s Park Place, where it has been for the last
11 years. In addition, offsprings of the show are appearing
all over the globe at any given moment.
accomplishments have also given way to his founding a major
production company in the state of Nevada, On Stage Entertainment,
Inc. And his latest theatrical accomplishment, "Ovation"
which played at the Lady Luck Casino for nine months. “Ovation”
has been hailed as a unique variety show that showcases the
world’s greatest specialty acts. Plans are in motion to present
this new show in other cities beginning in 2007.
With “Legends,” considered the granddaddy of the celebrity
impersonation shows, John turned a six-week engagement that
began in May 1983 at the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino
into a show that keeps going and going and going on a nightly
basis. The state-of-the-art internationally acclaimed show,
in which performers look and sound like the stars they are
portraying (no lip synching), has become its own entertainment
empire with productions appearing in casinos, theme parks,
cruise ships and legit theaters worldwide.
February 2003, John, a 22-year veteran of Las Vegas entertainment,
resigned as Chairman of On Stage Entertainment Inc. to pursue
other dreams and projects, with producing and directing “Ovation”
being at the top of the list. A former star of the legitimate
theatre with a career as a producer and performer that has
spanned almost half a century, John has throughout his illustrious
career produced many variety shows, ice skating shows, magic
shows, flying apparatus shows and circus shows. All told,
he has produced more than 40 themed shows, none of which have
run less than six months and some of which are still running
after 10 years.
April 2004, John opened the Blues Brother Revival
at the Chicago Center of Performing Arts as the associate
producer in association with writer/director/producer Victor
Pisano and Judy Belushi Pisano, as well as the House of Blues,
Chicago. The show broke all records in it's initial run in
Chicago, and is set to open in Las Vegas at the House of Blues
in Mandalay Bay, as well as in the House of Blues in both
Myrtle Beach and Orlando.
is also producing "Dick Clark's American Bandstand",
a live show that utilizes multi-media, live celebrity impersonators
and well-known guest stars to create a live version of the
popular television show, "American Bandstand". This
all new production is set to open in other cities around the
is also the Associate Producer of the Theater of the Americas
in Anaheim, California.
of the previous variety shows to his credit include “Oba Oba”
(associate producer/director; 4-year-run at the Aladdin);
“Abracadabra” (associate producer/director; played 5 years
at the Aladdin); “Glitz 2” (single producer/director; last
major production show at the Sands before it was imploded).
John also produced the majority of shows at the MGM Grand
Adventures Theme Park, including “Going For Gold,” “The Fab
Four” and “Rock Around The Clock.” For the latter, he brought
in a then young unknown to be featured in the production named
“People think I just fell into this business,” John laughs.
“But I have always been a performer and a producer. I started
singing and performing when I was five and performed throughout
my childhood with my parents and nine brothers and sisters
as The Singing Stuarts. In high school, I performed with Brian
Wilson and Mike Love, the founders of the Beach Boys. I’m
a dramatic tenor and have done over 300 musicals and performed
in the national road tours of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and ‘Pajama
Game.’ I’ve performed with stars such as Goldie Hawn, Howard
Keel, Juliet Prowse and many others.”
One of those many others was Steve Martin, with whom John
appeared for seven years in theatre at Knotts Berry Farm in
California. John subsequently appeared in two of Martin’s
movies, “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid” and “The Man With Two
When it comes to producing, John was born with the talent
to come up with ingenious ideas and combine them with business
savvy to turn any dream into a reality, delivering the highest
level of entertainment. He is the only current show producer
on the list of 300 persons nominated for having had the most
influence in the historical development of Las Vegas, his
main influence being in theatrical development.
is also working with partner Don Beck, president of Tool Box
Productions, and On Stage Entertainment, Inc. to produce a
live reality TV show called “Idol Worship.”
is one of the producers of World
Pro Fighting, presenting championship events that
are both live and PPV.
is about to open his latest production, "Legends in Matrimony
- The Ultimate Celebrity Wedding Show", in Las Vegas.
The show features many celebrity impersonator "Legends",
combined with an interactive wedding to produce a hilarious
entertainment experience for the audience.
the way, “Father” John and his beautiful wife, Alex, have
been married since they were 20 and have six children of their
own. They reside on a 20-acre Arabian horse ranch near downtown
Las Vegas and are in the process of building 30 custom homes
for sale on their property, which will be called the Legends
Ranch Estates. It
will be the first and only Arabian horse community in Las