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Check out Jonathan talking about growing up on Ellen.

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Jonathan gueststars in this episode of OTP: One True Pairing. Watch below:

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posted by • April 30th, 2015 • (0) Comments

Theatre Development Fund, the not-for-profit service organization for the performing arts, will honor three of the organization’s “Unsung Heroes” – Ted Chapin, Jeffrey Gural and Robert Zukerman at TDF’s Gala on Monday, June 15 at the Edison Ballroom (240 West 47th Street). TDF is honoring these “heroes,” as they have assisted the organization in fulfilling its mission of supporting works of artistic merit and helping to make theatre accessible to all.

Guests will be treated to a special performance starring Jonathan Groff with special guests Jan Maxwell and Laura Osnes, and hosted by Julie Halston, preceded by cocktails and dinner. The musical director is Andy Einhorn. The co-chairs for the event are TDF Trustees Meg Herrman and Ruth Sarfaty.

The funds raised at the gala will help support TDF’s education and engagement programs which serve to build audiences for the future and TDF’s access programs which make theatre accessible to people with physical and developmental disabilities. Tickets start at $750. To purchase tickets and for more information visit: www.tdf.org/gala, email events@tdf.org or call Frances Strauss at 212.912.9770 ext. 341.

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posted by • April 25th, 2015 • (0) Comments

BroadwayWorld snipbits of Jonathan talking about Hamilton:

How much fun are you having playing King George in Hamilton?

It’s so fun. I’m on stage for 8 minutes and it’s the most fun 8 minutes I’ve ever had. It’s a blast. I replaced Brian d’Arcy James in the show, who is incredible. So I got to see it a bunch of times before I went into it and I just like wept through the show every single time even in like the stage management booth at the back of the theater. I was like I’m just going to watch it for technical and then I’m like crying watching it. It’s such an amazing show and such an amazing group of people. It’s great.

How did you get cast? Who came to you?

Lin [Manuel Miranda] and Tommy Kale, who directed it, just like shot me an email. They were like, “Hey Brian has to leave. Would you want to come in and replace him for the last couple months of the show?” It was before it had opened and I hadn’t heard any of the music and I didn’t know anything about the show and was just like, “Sure!”- based on just loving them and knowing them and knowing their work. I just said yes and then I was in it.

What’s it like inhabiting him? It’s such a fun role.

It is such a fun role. It’s kind of like you can get away with anything in that role. I had like 2 days of rehearsal before I went into it. It was really fast. King George doesn’t really interact with anyone on stage except for the audience. And so I love that. I’ve started to do cabarets here and there and I love that sort of direct contact and relationship with the audience and because of the character of King George and the dynamic, it definitely feels like anything can happen every night… which is great.

What has it been like working with Lin-Manuel Miranda and singing his score?

He’s like the messiah of musical theater first of all. The show is so groundbreaking. I watch the show when I’m not on stage because just watching it every night you get something different. It’s just so beautifully written and complex and he’s such a genius. On the flip side, he acts like an elementary school teacher. He’s just the sweetest, heart-in-the-right-place guy. He’s so generous. I feel like it’s so rare that that combo happens- where somebody’s so epically talented and not insane. I mean he’s insane, but in all of the best possible ways.

And working with this cast?

Chris Jackson does what he did in In the Heights. He does a prayer circle everyday at 5 minutes before the show where pretty much the whole company stands in a circle and holds hands and talks. He sort of says something different every night whether it’s “We’re so lucky to be here,” or blessing the people in the audience. Just everybody’s heart is in the right place. And it’s exciting too because it’s a lot of will-be Broadway debuts. So it’s exciting to be around that energy and have these young people not even know how gifted they are. Like Pippa Soo, who plays Eliza… she’s so amazing and she’s just like so effortless. She’s 24 years-old and breaking hearts nightly on stage. Just the whole cast is a lot of young talent and I ‘m just so excited for them.

Will you maybe be doing this on Broadway?

I don’t know. It’s TBD. I would love to. We’ll see.

What does this piece mean to you?

The show itself does the impossible thing of a musical. It checks all the boxes. It’s incredibly sort of artistically ambitious and yet it’s completely commercial. I feel like the best way to describe it is to say that in like one week Bill Clinton, Busta Rhymes and Bernadette Peters came to see the show. And that just shows the reach of this show. And they all came backstage and expressed their love and admiration for the show and their appreciation for what Lin wrote. He’s touching on some sort of cultural nerve there.

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posted by • March 25th, 2015 • (0) Comments

Looking Season 3 is out of HBO’s sight: The cabler has cancelled on the underdog gay dramedy, although we haven’t seen the last of Patrick & Co. TVLine has confirmed.

“After two years of following Patrick and his tight-knit group of friends as they explored San Francisco in search of love and lasting relationships, HBO will present the final chapter of their journey as a special,” the network said in a statement Wednesday. “We look forward to sharing this adventure with the shows loyal fans.”

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posted by • March 19th, 2015 • (0) Comments

Check out ET Online’s interview with Jonathan and some of the other Glee cast about the final season and what Glee means to them:

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posted by • March 18th, 2015 • (0) Comments

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, as part of a new series of musical concert performances at the Royal Festival Hall, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING makes its London concert debut on May 19. Now according to Whatsonstage, Jonathan Groff, Hannah Waddingham and Clive Rowe are set to lead the concert, as J. Pierrepont Finch, Hedy La Rue and Twimble respectively.

Set in 1960s New York, the musical chronicles the life of J. Pierrepont Finch, a young window cleaner who buys a book about rising up the corporate ladder. With libretto and score by Frank Loesser, this classic Broadway show brings pure entertainment to all.

Co-produced by concert promoters Senbla and Elliot Davis, who noted that the concert series, “will see us honing in on the timeless classics of musical theatre and bringing them to concert in London with the best orchestras, casts and creative teams we can assemble” the concert will feature the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Mike Dixon.

Last seen on the West End in 1963-1964, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING is a perfect opening to this new series of concert performances. The 1961 musical was revived on Broadway in 1995 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (where the show originally opened) starring Matthew Broderick and Megan Mullaly, and then again in 2011 starring Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Darren Criss succeeded Radcliffe on January 3, 2012 for a limited three-week engagement after which Nick Jonas took over the role of Finch until the show closed in May 2012.

To purchase tickets please visit http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/how-to-succeed-in-business-wit-90403.

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posted by • March 14th, 2015 • (0) Comments

Check out Jonathan in next week’s series finale of Glee. Promo below:

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posted by • March 12th, 2015 • (0) Comments

Listen to the new song in Frozen Fever called, Making Today a Perfect Day. You can see Frozen Fever in theatres starting tomorrow before Cinderella.

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Jonathan will be singing Listen To Your Heart on tomorrow’s episode of Glee. Listen to their beautiful duet over at Just Jared.

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