Jonathan is the writer and performer of the one-man-and-a-piano show Rodgersandhart in which he plays three characters: tortured lyricist Lorenz Hart, legendary composer Richard Rodgers, and Doc Bender, Hart’s drinking buddy at New York’s gay bars of the 1930s and 40s. The eighty minute play with music features some of Rodgers and Hart’s most iconic songs like Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, Blue Moon, and The Lady Is A Tramp. Jonathan workshopped the show at Radford University in Virginia in March 2018 after a successful staged reading at Dixon Place in New York City the year before.
Jonathan is also the co-author of Talmadge & Ray, a play with music written and performed with frequent collaborator Andy Nagraj. Set in a small Southern Baptist Church in the fictional town of Stillwater, this gently irreverent comedy music honors the Southern Gospel musical tradition while exploring an unexpected friendship between outspoken choir director Talmadge Fox and no-nonsense plumber Ray Patel by way of “Andy Griffth Show” style humor. The play received developmental workshops at Silk Road Rising in Chicago in 2019 and at Dixon Place in New York City in 2018.
Jonathan co-wrote the book, music, and lyrics for the musical Murphy’s Law with Andy Nagraj. The musical received its received its professional premiere in Pittsburgh in the spring of 2016 after workshops and readings in San Diego, Michigan, Utah, and Virginia. The 2014 New York City workshop at Dixon Place featured Broadway veterans Aaron Galligan-Stierle and Johnny Kinnaird, as well as Helen Hayes Award winner Diana Huey. The road-trip musical comedy follows the plight of everyman Dave Spring who sets out on a road trip in search of answers when everything that can go wrong does go wrong.