Stage Director & Choreographer
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I am a critically-acclaimed director and choreographer specializing in new musicals.
I have developed musicals centered on music by pop singer / songwriter P!nk and Pete Townshend of The Who,
and collaborated with David Bowie's pianist Mike Garson on a rock musical adaptation of The Happy Hooker.
Full productions of new musicals include.... ...That's MISS FITS to YOU! which the New York Times called "a musical extravaganza...a glittering paean to a polygender counterculture"... ...and Me & Caesar Lee by Pat Holley, set in the world of 1980s R&B, starring two time Tony nominee Ernestine Jackson...
...and indie pop musical Andru's Head, which the New York Times cited for its "blithe humanism."
But new musicals aren't all I do! I'm versatile, directing opera, a few play revivals, and many new dramatic works.
I directed Spanish composer Enrique Granados's opera Goyescas with
an exciting new opera company Bare
Opera, in only its second professional production in New York City, its first being its Metropolitan Opera debut in 1916. This bohemian opera was inspired by the lush paintings of Goya, and this new
production was influenced by the
vibrant urban landscape of 1980s Madrid, and was
choreographed by my frequent collaborator Liz Piccoli.
George Grella of New York Classical Review
said: "What Bare Opera did have is ideas, craft, and some highly
talented and skilled performers...Jonathan Warman’s direction subtly
but clearly defined differences in values between the pairs, setting
the majismos’ self-conscious outsider stance against Fernando and
Rosario’s restrained forbearance...Structured in three tableaux, with
an Intermezzo and Interlude that provided for more excellent dancing,
the staging was sympathetic to the underlying haunted quality of
Granados’ original composition."
I directed the
critically acclaimed New York Premiere of one of
Tennessee Williams most wildly creative late plays, Now the
Cats With Jewelled Claws, starring Mink Stole and Everett
Quinton. The production opened the 50th Anniversary Season at The Club
at LaMaMa ETC. Conversations in a restaurant between two socialite
women friends, a roughed up pregnant waitress, two young gay hustlers
with pink leather jackets emblazoned with “The Mystic Rose”, and a
lecherous, prophetic restaurant manager. Apocalyptic, funny, musical,
physical, wild, futuristic, shamanistic.
The reviews for Now the Cats
were fantastic! Here are some samples:
director, Jonathan Warman,
has encouraged a flamboyant presentational style that emphasizes
coherence over flair."
- Jason Zinoman, New York Times
to the imagination of
director Jonathan Warman and his enthusiastic cast, it makes for an
outrageously entertaining 50 minutes...Warman mixes Williams' diverse
elements skillfully, letting them jostle gently about, feeding rather
than fighting each other." - Erik
Jonathan Warman, who fully embraces the play’s grotesque beauty.” - Brandon Voss, The Advocate
to the surehanded
staging from director Jonathan Warman and a fine cast, this mere squib
of a play provokes both laughs and thought.” - Andy Probst, Theatermania.com
“Warman more than matches
the piece’s phantasmagorical style...Warman elicits exquisite
performances from his cast that are at once real and larger-than-life.”
- Heather J.
(Director / Choreographer) New York Theatre: New York premiere of Tennessee
the Cats with Jewelled Claws (La
MaMa ETC, featuring Mink Stole and Everett Quinton), Me
& Caesar Lee (new
musical, TBG Theatre, featuring two-time Tony nominee Ernestine
Goyescas (Bare Opera), That's MISS FITS, to YOU! (new musical, also choreographer, Soho Playhouse), Andru’s
(new musical, NeoNeo Theatre), Quit
the Road, Jack (Theatrelab),
(Emerging Artists Theatre), American
Row Studio Theatre),
Groupies (Cherry Lane Studio),
In Loco Parentis (4th Street Theatre),
in the Time of Chlamydia
(Hard Sparks), The
Women of the Mahabharata
CFR, Iasi, Romania; Nu Festival, Timisoara, Romania), Break
(Dublin Gay Theatre Festival). Regional: Heads
Magic Theatre), The
Strangest Kind of Romance (immersive,
site-specific production, Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival;
Omnova Theater, Columbus, Mississippi; Theatre Sewanee, Tennessee),
(New Orleans Fringe Festival), Rogan
of the East, Omaha), Mad
Forest, Hamletmachine (University
of Nebraska at Omaha).
Proud member of SDC. He has served as Artistic Director of NeoNeo