The Stars Don’t Get Brighter Than This

Multi-award winning musical theatre star Jonathan Roxmouth bounced onto our radar screen opposite Roelof Colyn in Ian Von Memerty’s phenomenally successful ‘A Handful of Keys’ in 2009. A skilled and gifted performer who sings, plays a mean piano and can act, in just six short years Jonathan has made the stage his own and has become a firm favourite with audiences.

He has sung most of the coveted roles in South African musical theatre, including Nicely-Nicely Johnson in ‘Guys and Dolls’, Pooh-Bah in ‘The Mikado’, The Pirate King in ‘The Pirates of Penzance’, Buddy in ‘The Buddy Holly Story’, Lun Tha in ‘The King And I’, Gaston in Disney’s ‘Beauty and The Beast’, Munkustrap in ‘CATS’, Danny Zuko in ‘Grease’, Judas Iscariot in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, The Phantom in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ and Joe Gillis in ‘Sunset Boulevard’.

Not content to take it easy between musicals, Jonathan has created a cluster of his own shows, including ‘In Black & White’, ‘Hats Off! – The Hilarious Songbook of Flanders & Swann’ with Louis Zurnamer, ‘Topsy Turvy, A Fresh Look at Gilbert & Sullivan’, ‘Call Me Lee The Songs of Liberace’ and his big band concert debut, ‘From The Footlights’, on at the Teatro at Montecasino for three performances in September. Earlier this year, ‘Stage by Stage’, which features songs from his first album of the same name, played at Theatre on the Bay to capacity audiences.

Other roles that Jonathan has taken on with great aplomb include Noël Coward in ‘Noël & Gertie’ and Bertie Wooster in ‘Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense’.

Jonathan completes the run of ‘West Side Story’, in which he plays Tony, at Artscape this week before the short, two-week season of a revised ‘Stage by Stage II’ from Tuesday 25 August to Saturday 05 September. He goes on to play alongside Sharon Spiegel-Wagner in ‘I’m Playing Your Song – The Marvin Hamlisch Story’ at the Teatro Studio from 04 December ‘15 to 17 January ‘16.

Then comes the Musical Thriller that we’re all looking forward to, in which Jonathan takes the titular role of Sweeney Todd opposite Charon Williams-Ros as Mrs. Lovett in Steven Sondheim’s iconic ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ playing at the Montecasino Theatre in October of this year and transferring to Theatre on the Bay in February 2016.

That’s an impressive biography for such a young performer, and audiences can be assured of many more exciting roles from Jonathan!

Tracy Cahill
19 August ‘15