Johnny performs year-round, doing his best to keep the 'great American songbook' alive - sometimes with orchestras, sometimes with big bands, sometimes with his own virtual ‘jazz trio.’
Johnny has been lucky enough to share the stage with some musical greats. Johnny has appeared on stage with the legendary Barry Manilow, Tony Award winning theater actor Ron Richardson, Pulitzer Prize winner Marvin Hamlisch, and celebrated comedian Bob Newhart.
Each August, Johnny performs a concert open to the public at his alma mater, Otterbein University. These concerts have become somewhat of a tradition and are fun, upbeat, and entertaining for all involved - both on stage and off.
Here's a list of Johnny’s ‘Otterbein’ concerts:
Johnny has had a wondrous experience in the world of musical theater. Among the many roles he has performed, his favorites include "Billy" in Carousel and "Curly" in Oklahoma!. Johnny received the best reviews of his career in 2005 when he hit the stage as the legendary 'Will Rogers' in The Will Rogers Follies.
Here's a list of Johnny's musical theater, light opera, and oratorio credits:
Johnny is also a voice-over talent. His voice was featured in the 2012 ‘Fair-tastic’ campaign for the Ohio State Fair, as well as numerous educational projects for McGraw-Hill Education. Johnny was also the voice for the Kroger/Mid-Ohio Food Bank campaign in the fall of 2015.
Over the years, much has been said and written about Johnny the performer. Here are a few favorites he selected:
“It's difficult to imagine anyone appearing more comfortable on stage than Johnny. (His) laid-back style suited his character well as he showed a deft comic touch and flawless singing voice…”The Marion Star review of Oklahoma!
“Johnny, you take to comedy like you take to Gershwin…”George Schram, director, conductor, voice-student, and cherished friend
“Broadway's loss is certainly (our) gain when it comes to the talent of Johnny Steiner…”Joyce Miller, a delighted Will Rogers Follies theatergoer
“Johnny, your show was stellar. Our residents simply love you…”Gisela Slayman, activities director at a local retirement community
“(Johnny's) presence on stage - no matter what role he plays - is captivating, charming, and simply perfect…”Michele Morabito, friend and fan of Hello Dolly!
“The range was amazing and strong and those notes (Johnny) hit and sustained took me to heights within the auditorium!”Erika O'Brien, a delighted fan of I'm Hip
“All I can say is 'wow.' It's borderline selfish given the fact that you only do it (the concert) one night, once a year. You're cheating the swarms of folks like me that love you and want to see more…”Drew Belpedio, former student
“I was so impressed from beginning to end. You are the Man of La Mancha. I loved every song you sang. I laughed, I cried, and wish I could see it again and again…”Kristi Wink, director, performer, and dear friend
“The concert showed not only (Johnny's) talent, but his vivid and lively imagination…”Alice Galloway, teacher, performer, and dear friend
“You sing so very musically. You're no Karen Carpenter, but who is, really?!”Dr. David DeVenney, college professor and dear friend
“Oh Johnny - I knew full well to assume that something pretty special would be coming from one of the college's favorite singers, but he surpassed anything I could have possibly imagined…”Susan Zimmerman, actress, in an essay she wrote for a college writing assignment
“Johnny, you sang absolutely beautifully yesterday in Elijah. Thank you for all of your hard work. I know what a handful those arias are. I don’t think there’s any tenor locally right now singing better than you….”Dr. Craig Johnson, college professor and cherished friend, after conducting of Elijah
“I want you to listen now to a song sung by Johnny Steiner – who is a jewel in this church. And when I leave, I’m going to take him with me.”Pastor Art Haimerl, introducing special music at North Community Lutheran Church on January 26th, 2009
“Johnny, your voice was terrific - every bone in your head vibrates.”Max Griffith, a high school teacher, director, and cherished friend