Actor, Singer, Dancer
AEA * SAG * AFTRA
Experienced and respected in theater from one coast to the other, Robert is known as a remarkably versatile actor and singer. Well trained at Temple University and The Juilliard School, he is equally at home in Repertory, on Broadway and in front of a camera.
An admitted character actor from his early years, and blessed with a rich lyric baritone of effortless range, he has been described as an "absolutely natural all around leading man", garnering epithets for his work that lean from "raucous" and "hilariously deadpan" all the way to "emotionally intense" and "broodingly dark".
Robert starred in the Los Angeles Premieres of Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George and Chess, the West Coast Premieres of Legacy of Light and Romance, Romance, and recently debuted a Bernstein aria never heard before in performance in The Bernstein Peter Pan (video clip here). He also appeared in the celebrated Jason Robert Brown/Alfred Uhry opus Parade at the Mark Taper Forum.
Robert has had the honor of sharing the stage with luminaries such as Carol Burnett, Leslie Uggams, Herschel Bernardi and Theodore Bikel, and has had the fortunate opportunity to work under the direction of the great Jerome Robbins. He can also proudly count himself as one of Cyd Charisse's dance partners.
A true triple threat, Robert's other talents include work in numerous accents, opera, folk guitar, piano, saxophone, stage combat, sport fencing and horsemanship. He is also the "Voice of God" at the L.A. Stage Alliance's annual Ovation Awards ceremony.
As Horace Vandergelder in Hello, Dolly! @ 3D Theatricals
w/ Valerie Perri as Dolly Levi
Review quotes: "Golden-voiced leading man Yacko harrumphs quite scrumptiously in old-coot mode, making his gradual realization that he’s at Dolly’s mercy all the more divine." - Steven Stanley @ stagescenela.com
"Joining her (Valerie Perri), Robert Yacko proves to be the perfect foil (who mostly gets foiled) as the stodgy “Hay and Feed Store” Proprietor, Horace Vandergelder. Initially convinced just about everybody but himself is a fool, Yacko portrays Vandergelder as less of a broadly-drawn hot-head and more a tightly-wound or suppressed man whose paid the price getting where he is and it shows; this conveys a refreshing realism that makes all the outlandish situations that ultimately start happening around him seem that much more gleeful." - Leo Buck, Bucking Trends
12/31/15 - Robby Award Nomination for Best Actor in a Musical
for his portrayal of Renato Di Rossi in:
SHE DIES/TIME AND TIME AGAIN
from Time and Again - Music and Lyrics by Skip Kennon
The Kritzerland at Sterling's 5th Anniversary Show, September 6th, 2015
FINISHING THE HAT
from Sunday in the Park With George
The Kritzerland at Sterling's 4th Anniversary Show, September 7th, 2014
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Main Page Photo Credits
Top right box: with Cathy Rigby in Sylvia, in La Mirada Theatre
Slider 1: with Rachel Harker in Legacy of Light, at San Jose Rep
Slider 2: as Horace Vandergelder, with Valerie Perri, in Hello, Dolly!, at 3-D Theatricals
Slider 3: with Rita Rudner and Annie Abrams in the World Premiere of Tickled Pink, at Laguna Playhouse
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