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Jonathan David Sloate

In 2018, AllThingsBroadway named The New Picasso to the Top 40 Broadway Musicals alongside critically acclaimed / mega hits The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Next to Normal, Hamilton, The Hunchback of Norte Dame, Beauty and the Beast, Dear Evan Hansen, Come from Away, Frozen, Sweeney Todd, Aladdin, Once, Into the Woods, Ragtime, Blood Brothers, Sunday in the Park with George, Finding Neverland, In the Heights, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, and Wicked.

BroadwayWorld nominated The New Picasso for "Best New Concept Cast or Studio Cast Recording" at the 2014 BroadwayWorld Album Awards alongside Sony Pictures' ratings smash success The Sound of Music Live! on NBC which had 18.62 million live viewers.

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 as redemption and revenge set course for a high-impact head-on collision..

'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

'UNDER THE RADAR: In development for several years, winning awards as a screenplay first and just recently given a staged industry reading in New York, here's a musical on a big scale with big emotions - and a big score, too. Its two acts take up two CDs, available separately. Jonathan David Sloate created the music, lyrics and book (a little dialogue is included). Immediately upon hearing the intense, pounding opening of the overture, you know you're in for angst and high drama with THE NEW PICASSO. What follows reinforces that first impression: oh, the music is churning! ... the characters are yearning! ... the flame of love is burning! ... the emotional tide is turning! This story of a man with a passion to be a great painter who has his share of troubles with professional rejection and personal/romantic troubles, encouraged finally by a departed loved one to stick to it and believe in himself, thus has a bit in common with SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE. However, often its intensity, florid flavor, and leaning toward musical melodrama is more in the vein of SUNSET BOULEVARD and this non-cheery, sometimes dreary show, in its declamatory and tragic numbers recalls the anguish of characters in LES MISERABLES, if less miserable. Often grand and sweeping, it also has some quiet, sincere, heart-on-the-sleeve numbers that are tender. There are some very attractive melodies ("Wind-Up Doll," "Girl of My Dreams") and some powerful and elegant ones ("I Believe" is, I believe, both at the same time)...When [the lyrics] do find the right balance, they can be convincing and even riveting ("All the Lonely People"). There's talent evident in the work of this writer, with a gift for melody and capturing a strong if generalized sense of emotion in the musical choices. Some of the tracks were recorded with a 59-piece orchestra in Prague - not what you might expect on a demo recording. With impressive commitment, sensitivity and fervor playing the lead character Jon [Bernard] is Max von Essen and he's featured on half the vocal tracks. His performance is often exciting and vocally dynamic - throbbing and sobbing to be sure, but with several especially rewarding subtle moments. Robert Cuccioli is the "ever-scheming" art dealer [Jules de Medici], clearly the villain of the piece and he sings and fumes with diabolical rage, going full throttle. His performance recalls his work in Jekyll and Hyde (his co-star from that musical, Christiane Noll, has a small but striking role as the mother [Nicolette Bernard], with the anthem-like "Live Your Dream," heard in both acts). Brooke Sunny Moriber has some lovely moments on the act one disc as the childhood sweetheart [Jennifer Robbins]...The other main female singer, Ashley Amber, appears in both acts and is given a variety of material which she handles well, including a sentimental but rather effective duet with Max von Essen, "Tell Me with Your Heart."...Probably best appreciated by musical theatre fans with a preference for earnest or grandiose tones, this is a musical described on the album as an "epic tale of betrayal, obsession, resurrection and the quest for love's ultimate redemption: The Soul." It does feel epic to the max - and Max turns in a star performance.' -Talkin' Broadway by Rob Lester

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 original scores are featured in productions starring Kate Winslet (Titanic, Avatar 2), Hugh Grant (Love Actually, Notting Hill), Tom Wilkinson (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Shakespeare in Love), Emma Thompson (Harry Potter, Nanny McPhee), Alan Rickman (Die Hard, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), Claire Danes (Homeland, Romeo + Juliet), Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men, Pretty in Pink), Kate Burton (Grey's Anatomy, Scandal), Ron Perlman (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Hand of God), Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption, Thor: Ragnarok), John Vernon (Animal House, Dirty Harry), Brian Tochi (Police Academy, Revenge of the Nerds), Olivia d'Abo (Wayne's World 2, Conan the Destroyer), Cree Summer (The Rugrats Movie, Atlantis: The Lost Empire), Luke Perry (The Fifth Element, Beverly Hills, 90210), Dorian Harewood (Full Metal Jacket, Pacific Heights), Christopher Lambert (Highlander, Beowulf), Paolo Montalban (The King and I, Cinderella), Daniel Bernhardt (Atomic Blonde, The Matrix Reloaded), Kristanna Loken (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, In the Name of the King; A Dungeon Siege Tale), Robin Shou (Mortal Kombat, Death Race), Linden Ashby (Resident Evil: Extinction, Wyatt Earp), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Planet of the Apes, Pearl Harbor), Bridgette Wilson-Sampras (Billy Madison, The Wedding Planner), Talisa Soto (Licence to Kill, Spy Hard), and Trevor Goddard (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Deep Rising).

Jonathan created the original story, music, lyrics, book and screenplay to both The New Picasso and The Tower of Babel, which rank #1 and #2 for fantasy and romance genres respectively as well as rank #2 and #3 for the family genre garnering 68 awards at worldwide festivals. Notable award wins include the Remi Award at the 39th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival, the Star Award at The Indie Gathering and Best Stageplay at the 75th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition.

The New Picasso is a passionate drama where self-acceptance leads to true love and redemption as a talented artist, tormented by his mother's death, chases after fame and a stunning temptress lured by a treacherous art dealer to the brink of ruin.

The Tower of Babel is a biblical fairy tale in which true love conquers all as twin brothers vie for the princess they both desire and the right to be King of Babylon.

Jonathan formed an original rock/blues band entitled Midnight Sun and toured the Chicagoland area performing with legendary blues artists Buddy Guy, Junior Wells and the Marshall Tucker Band at iconic venues like the Checkerboard Lounge, Buddy Guy's Legends, B.L.U.E.S. Etc., and Biddy Mulligans. Jonathan won 21 Featured Artist Awards, received 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 January and February 2016 Jonathan ranks #1 on the ReverbNation Classical Charts for New York, NY USA, ranks #4 on the ReverbNation National Classical Charts for the United States, ranks #4 on the ReverbNation Global Classical Charts Worldwide, and made both the Top 58 Music Artists and the Top 8 Local Artists in The Local Scene in all genres on all ReverbNation Charts for New York, NY USA. 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. 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. In August 2014 The New Picasso: The Musical (Act One) [Original Broadway Cast Orchestra Recording] was 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] were Editors' Picks at CDBaby.com. Jonathan's song "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 (Evita, Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar). The 2009 JPF Music Awards received 42,000 album submissions and 560,000 song entries. 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. Jonathan holds a B.A. from Northwestern University. Affiliations include the Commercial Theater Institute, the Producer Development Program and New Producers Alliance within The Broadway League (The League of American Theatres and Producers), The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc., The Writers Guild of America East, The Society of Composers & Lyricists, The American Screenwriters Association, and The American Federation of Musicians.

Broadway luminaries that have participated in the development of Jonathan's musicals include Tony award nominee and Drama Desk winner Robert Cuccioli (Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, Les Miserables, Jekyll & Hyde), Felicia Finley (The Wedding Singer, Aida, Smokey Joe's Cafe), Tony award nominee Max von Essen (Anastasia, An American in Paris, Evita, Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar), Brooke Sunny Moriber (The Threepenny Opera, The Wild Party, Les Miserables), Tony award nominee Christiane Noll (Chaplin, Ragtime, Jekyll & Hyde), Rodney Hicks (Come from Away, The Scottsboro Boys, Jesus Christ Superstar, Rent), William Parry (Groundhog Day, Sunday in the Park with George, Jesus Christ Superstar, Camelot), Alton Fitzgerald White (The Color Purple, The Lion King, Ragtime, Miss Saigon), Joseph Dellger (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, Ragtime), Tony Freeman (The Lion King), Ashley Amber (Evita, The Wedding Singer, Aida), Sara Chase (Godspell), John Jeffrey Martin (Kinky Boots, Hairspray, Disney's High School Musical), Michael Gillis (Love Never Dies, The Phantom of the Opera), Elizabeth Earley (Hello, Dolly!, Something Rotten!), music director Jan Rosenberg (Assoc. Conductor: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Jekyll & Hyde, Cats), director Sam Scalamoni (Assoc. Dir.: Elf The Musical, Beauty and the Beast), casting director Arnold Mungioli (Fela!, The Lion King, Ragtime, The Phantom of the Opera), and director Jeff Lee (Worldwide Assoc. Dir.: The Lion King, Tarzan, Cats).

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