Du BARRY WAS A LADY - Musicals Tonight is celebrating its 19th season of bringing classic musicals to the stage, especially ones that are rarely produced. This Cole Porter gem was first produced on Broadway in 1939 and later made into a film with Lucille Ball and Gene Kelly. My role in this comedic farce is Alex, the love interest of nightclub singer May Daly, as well as Alexandre, who woos her alter-ego Madame Du Barry. Directed by Evan Pappas and performed at the Lion Theatre at Theater Row in NYC.
WORLD OF WARSHIPS & AFLAC - These national commercials have me playing the host, one as a snarky man's man who isn't afraid to say it like it is and the other as an over-the-top game show host who delivers bad news with a smile.
BOY MEETS GIRL - A staged reading of a new musical based on the critically-acclaimed independent film of the same name. I played the father of a young woman engaged to be married but meets someone new who not only brings up doubts about her relationship, but opens her world up to new experiences. Written and directed by Eric Shaeffer and produced at The Cell Theatre in NYC.
MYSTERIES AT THE MUSEUM - An ongoing series on the Travel Channel that visits a wide variety of museums across the United States, taking viewers on a sometimes shocking tour of America's past. I portrayed Charles Fraser Smith, who devised rat bombs during WWII against the Germans.
INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY - Making my debut on this network as a policeman in two crime-reenactment series, Six Degrees of Murder and Deadline: Crime.
HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS... - For my Theatre Under the Stars debut in Houston, I performed the roles of Milton Gatch (a playboy ladies man who is Head of Marketing) and the TV Announcer of the World Wide Wicket Company Treasure Hunt. Once again I had the pleasure of working with director/choreograper Dan Knechtges and an all-star cast featuring Chris Dwan, Ryann Redmond, Felicia Finley, and Arnie Burton.
ALADDIN MUSICAL SPECTACULAR - Completing one of my bucket list roles, I played the villainous role of Jafar for the Disney Cruise Line production. Rehearsals were in Toronto, and the Fantasy's itinerary included Caribbean ports like Grand Cayman, Cozumel, and the Virgin Islands.
CONSUMER REPORTS - My first magazine cover is for the February issue of this well-respected publication with millions of subscribers.
TREASURE ISLAND - This is only the second production of this new musical, co-written by Merry Go Round Playhouse Artistic Director Brett Smock. In this rendition, I was double cast in two very distinct and iconic characters, from the mysterious and weathered Billy Bones to the regal and stern Captain Smollett.
CRAZY FOR YOU - Taking on the role of Bela Zangler in this toe-tapping musical featuring many Gershwin classics, this marks my fourth production at Merry Go Round Playhouse (Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival), but my first SALT Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor in a Musical. Directed and choreographed by Parker Esse.
“The talented Patrick Oliver Jones charms the audience once again
with his flawless comedic timing.”
NY Theatre Guide
FIRST WIVES CLUB - The new musical based on the 1996 movie had a workshop last year and did its Pre-Broadway run in Chicago at the famous Oriental Theatre, starring Faith Prince, Carmen Cusack, and Christine Sherrill as the three leading ladies. I understudied two of the husbands, Bill and Aaron. Direction was by Simon Phillips and choreography by David Connolly.
MAN OF LA MANCHA - This classic musical of American theater was presented at Cape Fear Regional Theater, marking the 400th anniversary of the two-volume Don Quixote novel and the 50th Anniversary of the Broadway show, for which Richard Kiley won a Tony Award for Best Actor. Having done the role of Duke/Carrasco in two previous productions, I was honored to take on Cervantes/Don Quixote, a dream role I’ve waited 20 years to finally play.
LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA - Returning to the Finger Lakes for this beautiful Adam Guettal musical, I learned Italian and grew out a mustache to play the role of Signor Naccarelli. Directed by Brett Smock with musical direction by Jeff Theiss. (Check out my parody video "Goulet in the Piazza")
“Smooth, worldly, and eminently likeable.”
MARTIAN CHRONICLES - After a well-received mini-concert last year as part of the Entertaining Science series at Cornelius Street Cabaret, an upcoming longer presentation of this musical is coming soon. I first performed this piece several years ago with composer Daniel Levy and librettist Elizabeth Margid in a workshop at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Florida.
SEUSSICAL - This charming and funny musical opened to rave reviews at The Muny in late July with John Tartaglia as the Cat in the Hat. The show by songwriting team Flaherty and Ahrens has a bevy of Seussian characters, and in addition to playing a Hippo, I took on the notorious role of the Grinch. This was my first time in the show and at this huge outdoor theater. Dan Knechtges was director/choreographer with Valerie Gebert, music director from THE ADDAMS FAMILY National Tour, also on the creative team.
MARY POPPINS - During the summer I returned to Merry-Go-Round Playhouse to star as George Banks in this wonderous Disney musical. The retiring Producing Director Ed Sayles directed this production, the first regional one to use the original Broadway choreography (thanks to Brian Collier), with Jeff Theiss as Music Director. Interestingly, I was first offered the role of Mr. Banks a year and half ago at a different theater but turned it down to do the EVITA National Tour. Little did I know that I would eventually leave that tour to take on this role.
“Jones plays the uptight disgruntled father with such ‘precision and order’
and has a standout moment during “A Man Has Dreams.””
NY Theater Guide
EVITA - The first National Equity Tour of the recent Broadway revival featured me in the ensemble and as understudy for the role of Juan Peron. This production are in the capable hands of Associate Director Seth Sklar-Heyn and Associate Choreographer Chis Bailey with Music Supervision by the incomparable Kristen Blodgette. The tour opened in Providence, RI and after almost nine months with the show, I ended my time on the road in Houston to take the job at Merry Go Round Playhouse.
HELEN OF TROY - In the role of Agamemnon, I took part in this new work presented by New York Theatre Barn in their Reading Series at the Daryl Roth Theater D-Lounge. This musical, by award-winning composer Doug Cohen, with book & lyrics by Zoe Samuel, is a comedy that twists the story of the Trojan War on its head and recounts the tale of a beautiful but spoiled princess.
SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON - I made my New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF) debut in this retelling of the famous story by Johann David Wyss, performing the role of the dastardly comedic French pirate, Francois DuBois. And how fitting that a family of brothers were the creative force behind the show: John Kennedy (Book, Music, Lyrics), Patrick Kennedy (Book, Producer, Director), and Walter Kennedy (Choreography, Staging). Musical direction and orchestrations were by Matt Aument.
“Jones plays the hopeless romantic DuBois with a French accent that never falters
and an arrow shot straight to our hearts.”
NY Theater Guide
THE ADDAMS FAMILY - After a retooling of the Broadway production, the First National Equity Tour opened in New Orleans and traveled across North America for a year and half. It starred Douglas Sills & Sarah Gettelfinger, under the direction of the wonderful Jerry Zaks with choreography by Sergio Trujillo. I was one of the Ancestors, understudying the roles of Lurch and Mal Beineke, both of which I had the joy of performing numerous times on the road.
MADAME FURY’S TRAVELING SHOW - This new musical by Jeff Thomson & Jordan Mann received its first showcase production with me as one of the co-producers. The main character, Lillian, lives with her mother and longs to find her absent father. With depression and desperation all around her, she finds herself transported from her 1930s life to the fantastical world of Madam Fury's magical circus in the dust. Amidst the curious characters, including the alluring, but mysterious namesake, Lillian discovers who her father truly was, who she is, and who she wants to become.
LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT - They say you aren’t a “real NY actor” till you’ve done a Law & Order. So in its final season, I co-starred as Defense Attorney Neal Coates in an interrogation scene with Vincent D’Onofrio for the fifth episode “Cadaver” that aired on USA Networks. Now I’m official!
BLUE BLOODS - In a guest starring role, I was so excited to make my television debut in a scene with lead actor Tom Selleck that filmed outside City Hall in New York City. “To Tell the Truth” aired during the show’s first season on CBS.
MAGDALENE - This world premiere, Off-Broadway musical follows the story of Mary Magdalene as recounted in the Gnostic Gospels. While understudying the role of Pilatus, Patrick played Constantine, the Roman Emporer, as well as the Roman Soldier who is Pilatus’ right-hand man. The creative team was led by Richard Maltby, Jr. with music/book by James Olm and book by J.C. Hanley.
BED & SOFA - The year started off in the wintery Finger Lakes region of New York with this Kitchen Theatre Company production. I played the role of Volodya in this chamber musical based on a 1928 Russian silent film, which tells of a couple living in Moscow and how their lives are affected when they take in a boarder. A story of love and feminism that was way ahead of its time. Susannah Berryman directed this intimate, three-person musical.
THE EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARY - I proudly made my Off-Broadway debut in this new musical written by Scott Burkell & Paul Loesel. The show revolves around six friends and the one event that changed each of their lives in different ways. My character, Zach, is a man frustrated by his meaningless job and struggling marriage. (See Playbill Photo Gallery.) Dreamlight Theatre Company and Third Coast Creative produced this limited engagement, with the wonderful Lynne Shankel as music supervisor and orchestrator, for which she received a 2011 Drama Desk Award Nomination.
THE STAR CHILD - For one night only in New York, the Emerging Artists Theater presented a special workshop reading of this new musical based on a short story by Oscar Wilde. With direction by Josh Penzell and musical direction by Willem Oosthuysen, this fun-filled family musical follows Mattan, who believes he is the most beautiful boy the world has ever seen. I portrayed the salesman, Mark Etingman, out to use the boy for fame and fortune. This originated as a project in NYU’s Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program with music by Josh Freilich, lyrics by Sarah Underwood, and book by Jennifer Stafford.
RAINDOGS - This new rock musical, based on Lanford Wilson’s first full-length play BALM IN GILEAD, had a promising workshop at Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbour. I played the role of Frank in the one-night-only presentation under the direction of Andrew MacBean, founder of Theaterworks in London, and Boko Suzuki as music director. (For more info check out Playbill.)
MAN OF LA MANCHA - Also in upstate New York, I joined Merry-Go-Round Playhouse to play the dual role of Duke/Carrasco and understudy the title character Don Quixote. This gripping musical was directed by Jen Waldman and was actually my second time in the role, having done it about 15 years ago in Birmingham.
“He brought nuance, understatement, and gravity to the role.”
The Who’s TOMMY - The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina brought this rock musical to Hilton Head. Under the direction of Russell Garrett, I starred as the fatherly Captain Walker alongside long-time friend and stalwart regional actress Laura Hodos as Mrs. Walker.
OH, WHAT A NIGHT! - At the start of a long summer away from NYC, I joined the cast on the Norwegian Pearl as they set sail to Alaska. In this headlining tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, I sang lead tenor in such classic hits as “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Let’s Hang On” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.” This tribute show was created and produced by Chapquist Entertainment, which is based in Las Vegas, and has performed to sold-out audiences throughout the U.S.
THE NETWORK ONE-ACT FESTIVAL - Taking on the additional roles of producer and casting director, I performed in two new one-act plays for the festival at The Barrow Group Theater. Both MIRAGE (a two-person drama about meeting and connecting) and THIS FUNCTIONAL FAMILY (a farcical look at a teenager and family preparing for prom night) are written by up-and-coming playwright Tait Moline and were directed by David Alpert and Ellie Moon, respectively. Each production made it to the semi-finals of the festival, which was voted on by the audience and industry professionals.