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Jonathan David Sloate has written for Warner Bros., New Line, Disney-MGM, Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment Group, Miramax, Dimension Films, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Film Roman, USA Network, CBS, TNT, Turner Home Entertainment, Hasbro, BMG, Nickelodeon, NBA, and the ShoWest Awards. His music has been featured in productions starring Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant, Tom Wilkinson, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Claire Danes, Jon Cryer, Kate Burton, Ron Perlman, Clancy Brown, John Vernon, Brian Tochi, Olivia d'Abo, Cree Summer, Luke Perry, Dorian Harewood, Christopher Lambert, Paolo Montalban, Daniel Bernhardt, Kristanna Loken, Robin Shou, Linden Ashby, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Talisa Soto, and Trevor Goddard.
BroadwayWorld reviewed The New Picasso: The Musical (Act One) [Original Broadway Cast Concept Album Recording] and The New Picasso: The Musical (Act Two) [Original Broadway Cast Concept Album Recording], a rags to riches of the heart drama where personal growth and development are forged in the fires of a decadent world steeped in wealth inequality.
'At the bottom line, THE NEW PICASSO is in the same vein of romantic fable that makes pieces like Moulin Rouge! so appealing to audiences. The penniless and creative everyman struggles to accept his identity and along the way finds storybook love and romance. The moving music on the albums swell with emotionality and is sung by a cast of cherished Broadway stars...The ambitious theatrical piece tells the story of a young artist whom a temptress and deceitful art dealer lure down a path of destruction; however, along the way he finds his self, true love, and redemption. Spanning two discs, the music to this fantasy piece is equal parts stirring and familiar...with his score for THE NEW PICASSO, Jonathan David Sloate doesn't disappoint...he plies the emotions of the listeners with smartly constructed chord progressions and beloved, cliche modalities to give us insight into the characters...Naturally, what really draws Broadway babies to the album is the cast he has assembled. The starry eyed hero, Jon Bernard, is expertly sung by Max von Essen. His spirited lyric baritone/tenor vocalizations charm on numbers like the hopeful "From My Mind's Eye," the undulating and angst-ridden "Lost At Sea," and the breathy ballad "All the Lonely People." Robert Cuccioli sings the villain of the show, powerful art dealer Jules de Medici, with poised power. With robust, tangible bravado it is easy to see how he entices Jon with "Art Gives You Immortality," but we see a darker and more sinister side of him when he sings with ferocious fervor on songs like "Kingmaker" and "I'll Destroy Him!." Brooke Sunny Moriber gives life to his childhood sweetheart Jennifer Robbins, singing sweetly on songs like "I Believe." With the same seductive vocal quality as Linda Eder, Ashley Amber brings the siren Alexandra Laurent to life with jazzy sensuality on numbers like "Wind Up Doll" and "Tell Me With You Heart."' -BroadwayWorld by David Clarke 2015
In November The New Picasso: The Musical (Act One) [Original Broadway Cast Concept Album Recording] and The New Picasso: The Musical (Act Two) [Original Broadway Cast Concept Album Recording] were Nominated for "Best New Concept Cast or Studio Cast Recording" at the 2014 BroadwayWorld Album Awards.
The International Performing Arts Institute held a workshop of The New Picasso in the Bavarian Alps in Germany during the Summer 2014. The workshop was led by Director/Choreographer Christopher Ryan, Director of Musical Theatre at IPAI, and Music Director Jaime K. Castellanos featuring Shanute' Tabb, McKenzie Pollock, and Christian Barba.
In January and February 2016 Jonathan Ranked #1 on the ReverbNation Local Classical Charts for New York, NY USA, Ranked #2 on the ReverbNation Regional Classical Charts for the Greater New York, NY area USA, Ranked #4 on the ReverbNation National Classical Charts for the United States, Ranked #4 on the ReverbNation Global Classical Charts Worldwide, Ranked #681 on the ReverbNation Global Charts Worldwide in all genres, and made both the Top 55 Music Artists and the Top 8 Local Artists in The Local Scene in all genres on all ReverbNation Charts for New York, NY USA. ReverbNation is home to over 3 million music artists.
In August 2014 The New Picasso: The Musical (Act One) [Original Broadway Cast Orchestra Recording] is a Top Album Seller at CDBaby.com and both The New Picasso: The Musical (Act One) [Original Broadway Cast Orchestra Recording] and The New Picasso: The Musical (Act Two) [Original Broadway Cast Orchestra Recording] are Editors' Picks at CDBaby.com. Jonathan David Sloate was the Winner of 21 Featured Artist Awards receiving accolades for 15 songs from The New Picasso and 6 songs from The Tower Of Babel at 2013/2014 ReverbNation home to over 3 million music artists. In July 2014 Jonathan Ranked #1 on the ReverbNation Classical Charts for New York, NY USA, Ranked #4 on the ReverbNation National Classical Charts for the United States, Ranked #5 on the ReverbNation Global Classical Charts Worldwide, and made both the Top 85 Music Artists and the Top 8 Local Artists in The Local Scene in all genres on all ReverbNation Charts for New York, NY USA.
"Everything You Touch Is Beautiful To Me" performed by Brooke Sunny Moriber (Les Miserables) was the Winner of Best Theater Song of the Year at the 2009 JPF Music Awards. The New Picasso - The Musical - Act One (Original Concept Album Cast Recording) and The New Picasso - The Musical - Act Two (Original Concept Album Cast Recording) were awarded Runner-Up for Best Theater Album of the Year at the 2009 JPF Music Awards in Nashville, TN. Two songs from the concept albums were Nominated for Best Theater Song of the Year: "Everything You Touch Is Beautiful To Me" performed by Brooke Sunny Moriber (Les Miserables) and "Tell Me With Your Heart" performed by Ashley Amber (Curtains, The Wedding Singer, Aida) & Max von Essen (An American in Paris, Evita, Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar). The 2009 JPF Music Awards received 42,000 album submissions and 560,000 songs. Both The New Picasso and The Tower Of Babel received Honorable Mention for Best Stageplay at the 75th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition out of 19,000 entries.
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The New Picasso, a new musical by Jonathan David Sloate, staged a private reading at Off-Broadway's New World Stages, located at 340 West 50th Street in Manhattan. Blending fantasy, romance, comedy, thriller, and drama, the epic story depicts a gifted artist who seeks redemption from the torment of his mother's suicide by chasing after fame and true love.
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The creative team for the staged reading was comprised of Director Sam Scalamoni (Elf The Musical, Lestat, Beauty and the Beast), Music Director Jan Rosenberg (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Jekyll & Hyde, The Who's Tommy) and Composer, Lyricist and Librettist Jonathan David Sloate, who also created the new musical The Tower Of Babel. As composer, Jonathan David Sloate wrote the scores for Warner Bros.' Mortal Kombat Conquest and USA Networks' Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm. Casting was by Mungioli Theatricals and Arnold J. Mungioli, C.S.A (Fosse, Ragtime, Show Boat). David Ferdinand's One Dream Sound provided sound design. Pianist Jan Rosenberg conducted Keyboardist Kristin Dabaghian, Bassist Ray Kilday (The Drowsy Chaperone, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Spamalot, The Color Purple), and Percussionist Paul Davis (Fiddler On The Roof, Laugh Whore, Paper Mill Playhouse: Godspell). Production Stage Manager Beverly Jenkins (Oklahoma!, Aida, The Lion King, Miss Saigon) led Stage Managers Karyn Meek (Fiddler On The Roof, Rent) and Jovon E. Shuck (The Graduate, Noises Off, Nat. Tour: The Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King).
Tony-nominated Robert Cuccioli (Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, Jekyll & Hyde, Les Miserables, Off-B'way: Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well...), who has won the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and FANY Awards, along with Michael Gillis (The Phantom of the Opera, Goodspeed Opera House: The 60's Project, Walnut Street Theatre: West Side Story), Felicia Finley (The Wedding Singer, Aida, Smokey Joe's Cafe), Brooke Sunny Moriber (The Threepenny Opera, Follies, Les Miserables), William Parry (Groundhog Day, Gypsy, Passion, Sunday in the Park with George), and Tony-nominated Christiane Noll (Chaplin, Ragtime, It Ain't Nothin But the Blues, Jekyll & Hyde, Grease) led the talented cast also featuring Ashley Amber (Promises Promises, Curtains, The Wedding Singer, All Shook Up, Aida, Boy from Oz), Sara Chase (First Date, Godspell, The Old Globe: First Wives Club), Joe Dellger (Scandalous, The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, Lestat, Ragtime), Rodney Hicks (Come From Away, The Scottsboro Boys, Jesus Christ Superstar, Rent), John Jeffrey Martin (Kinky Boots, Good Vibrations, Hairspray, The Rocky Horror Show), Elizabeth Earley (Hello Dolly!, Something Rotten!, Nat. Tour: Mary Poppins, Baltimore and Las Vegas: Beauty and the Beast), Tony Freeman (The Lion King, Caroline, or Change), Jerry Gallagher (Paper Mill Playhouse: Crazy For You, Guys and Dolls), Steven M. Goldsmith (National Tour: Rock of Ages, Jersey Boys, Joseph...Dreamcoat, European Tour: Fame), Bob Barth (Off-B'way: Treaty 321! A Musical, Damn Yankees), Tara Cornetto (Off-B'way: Treaty 321! A Musical, The People Garden), and Nyjah Moore Westbrooks (The Frank Sinatra Show, Benefit: Chess).
The New Picasso and The Tower of Babel have garnered 68 Awards at worldwide festivals and writing competitions and rank as the 1st and 2nd most award-winning fantasy scripts and romance scripts over the past decade.
Alton Fitzgerald White (The Color Purple, The Lion King) performed earlier recordings of several songs from The New Picasso along with Josh Moore, Billy Genuario, Melody Moore, Brian Kremer, Shauna McCoy, and Maxim Radio Sirius Host Diana Falzone.
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The music playing in the background on this page is an instrumental version of a song taken from THE NEW PICASSO, which was recorded by the 59-piece Prague Symphony Orchestra in Europe.