Monday Jul 06, 2020

Jonah Platt: Part 1 ”Just Keep Going”

Jonah ( continues to carve out his place on stages from Hollywood to Broadway, as well as on the silver screen. He’s most well known for his recent star turn as “Fiyero” in the Broadway blockbuster WICKED, in addition to his breakout performance as “Woof” in HAIR at the Hollywood Bowl, “Homer” in the Ovation-winningFLOYD COLLINS at La Mirada, and “Jason” in the award-winning Los Angeles revival of BARE.

On television, Jonah most recently appeared in NBC’s critically acclaimed JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE starring John Legend and the season 9 finale of CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM. Other favorites include PARENTHOOD, SING IT ON, and Jonah’s scene-stealing Frat Boy in the series finale of NBC’s beloved series THE OFFICE.

This spring, Jonah will originate the role of “Marty” in the World Premiere musical A WALK ON THE MOON, at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater.

Jonah will also voice a new recurring character, the relentlessly positive “Milton Moss” on an upcoming season of Netflix’s hit animated series, TROLLS: THE BEAT GOES ON.

Jonah has made people laugh on Fox’s long-running animated hit FAMILY GUY, Mitch Hurwitz’s RUNNING WILDE, NBC’s PARKS AND RECREATION, and Cartoon Network’s ANNOYING ORANGE. He most recently wrote for the short-lived NBC sitcom MR. ROBINSON, starring Craig Robinson. Jonah is currently a co-writer/music supervisor/executive producer of ZOMBO, an undead musical TV adventure.

As a lyricist/composer, Jonah is currently writing a musical adaptation of Lois Lowry’s international best-seller THE GIVER with collaborators Andrew Resnick and Martin Zimmerman. The show had its first successful reading this past year and the team is hard at work on the next draft!

As a singer and instrumentalist, Jonah has appeared on stages across the US, from 54/Below in NYC to Philly’s Trocadero to The Troubadour in Hollywood. He has performed his own genre-busting solo show for many audiences, most recently at the Gordon Center in Baltimore and a sold-out show on his home turf at LA’s Rockwell Table & Stage.

As a vocal arranger, Jonah has created dozens of lush arrangements in his unique signature vocal style, many of them for nationally acclaimed collegiate a cappella group UPENN OFF THE BEAT, for whom he produced several albums, winning multiple Contemporary A Capella Recording Awards for each.

He has arranged vocals for numerous other projects, including THE ALBUM PROJECT: JAGGED LITTLE PILL,  a show he co-conceived, musically directed, and orchestrated at  Rockwell Table & Stage. Building on this work, Jonah most recently assisted music supervisor Tom Kitt on the new musical JAGGED LITTLE PILL, currently having its world premiere at Boston’s A.R.T. this spring.

As a producer and director, Jonah has used his creative artistry to enhance a variety of projects with many different collaborators.

Most recently, he directed the critically lauded DOG SEES GOD: CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BLOCKHEAD at The Blank Theater in LA, which was twice extended and award a Hollywood Fringe Festival Encore Selection. He also directed and produced ONE NIGHT STAND: AN IMPROVISED MUSICAL, which performed completely improvised musicals around the world, including sold-out runs at Hollywood’s Hudson Theater, the New York Musical Theater Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – the largest performing arts festival in the world.

Jonah is also the former President of Starlight Studios, where he oversaw the development of many different projects, including the animated short COLD FEET, short films BAT MITZVAH CONFIDENTIAL and STEALING SUBURBIA, a commercial for social media giant Snapchat, and the music video for Sage and the Saints’ TAKE ME TO THE SOUTH, directed by Kristen Stewart.

He is currently co-producing an unscripted political docuseries with 44Blue Productions, and a bio-musical of Hollywood legend James Dean with Prospect House Entertainment.


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