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  DETECTIVE PARTNER HERO VILLAIN, a new play by Brett Neveu, received its west-coast premiere, running April 18-May 24, 2014, featuring incidental music by Jonathan Price.  Directed by Price, and performed by Anthony Backman, Bob Rusch, Paul A. Hicks, and Jeff Alan-Lee.  Produced by A Theatre Connection in association with SkyPilot Theatre.

"Cleverly staged and directed by Jonathan Price (who also composed the film noir stylized original music) this play has an almost 'Twilight Zone' flavor to it." —Lorenzo Marchessi, The Geek Authority

5 out of 5 Stars: "When director Jonathan Price brought these four superb actors together he created an utterly enjoyable presentation of Brett Neveu's quirky play." —Ron Irwin, Examiner.com

Recommended: "Lively pacing by director Jonathan Price gives Brett Neveu's script an extra punch." —M. Jarrett Christensen, The Tolucan Times

"The play kept me guessing with a surprise ending that only a good writer and seasoned director could have pulled off." —Nancy Bianconi, NoHoArtsDistrict.com

GO!: "As directed by Jonathan Price, it's a droll undertaking, beautifully acted..." —Steven Leigh Morris, LA Weekly

  THE MATADOR, an anti-play by Robert Plowman, received its west-coast premiere, running August 30-September 22, 2013, featuring music by Jonathan Price and lyrics by Robert Plowman.  Directed by Todd Ristau, and performed by Mark Ostrander, Susanna Young, Emma Sperka, and Kareem Cervantes.  Produced by Klepto Theatre Workshop with The Playwright's Lab at Hollins University.

"...when I wasn't laughing, I was being dazzled by some fancy footwork choreographed by Young, a Tango Argentino performed by Ostrander and Sperka to Jonathan Price's tuneful melodies." —Steven Stanley, StageSceneLA

  3 Songs from The Tempest, settings of Shakespeare for 2 Sopranos/1 Mezzo/Piano, premiered as part of Lauri's List unSUNg: songs uncommon and new.  Tania Solomon, Elyse Cook, and Ashlei Romanowski performed, accompanied by Leonardo Sciolis on piano. 

  Music for Knott's Berry Farm.

 

   THE ISLAND, a new musical comedy produced by SkyPilot Theatre Co., ran from July 13-August 18, 2013.  Book and music by Jonathan Price, lyrics by Chana Wise, inspired by William Shakespeare's The Tempest.  Directed by Jeanette Farr and featuring Catherine Davis Cox, JR Esposito, Jude Evans, Ashley Fuller, Jason Kobielus, Lindsey Mixon, Mark Ostrander, and Allison Perkins.

"Nobody writes a sweetly wistful, romantic ballad like the composer-lyricist team of Jonathan Price and Chana Wise." —Bill Raden, LA Weekly

 

ÆSOPERA, a pentaptych chamber opera inspired by the fables of Æsop, received a world-premiere production by SCLT & Alison Eliel-Kalmus at The Open Fist Theatre, as part of The Hollywood Fringe Festival, from June 9-30. 2013.  Music by Jonathan Price; Libretti by Jeff Goode, Jan Michael Alejandro & the Composer.  Featuring the operatic talents of Eric C. Castro, Elyse Cook, Katherine Giaquinto, Victoria Graves, Kyle Hester, Victor Mazzone, Craig McEldowny, Blanche Ramirez, Sarah Reynolds, Tania Solomon, Jeffrey Stackhouse, and Kaylie Warfield.  Musical direction and piano by Leonardo Sciolis and stage direction by Kirk Arnold-Smith and Alison Eliel-Kalmus.  Winner of the American Composers Forum Subito Grant and the New Opera Works' OIAM competition.

"...Price's luscious music...beautiful soaring melodies...a sophisticated evening of classical entertainment." Ellen Dostal, Musicals in LA

  GIRL MEETS BOY, starring Ben Savage, Anna Pheil, Jake Busey, and Richard Riehle, was released on DVD by Screen Media Films on June 4, 2013.  The romantic comedy, featuring a score by Price, is written and directed by Damion Stephens.

  WALT, a play written by Wm. W. Whitman, featuring settings of Walt Whitman's poetry by Price, received a Southeast-premiere production by The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC from May 10-19, 2013.  Directed by Jeri Lynn Schulke, with music direction by Glenn Mehrbach.  Price received an ACTF/Kennedy Center Award for the musical composition of Walt. 

"Jonathan Price composed melodies and harmonies which were powerful and subtly interspersed with text." —Karma Lisa Edwards, The Daily Iowan

  EARTHBOUND, a new musical produced by SkyPilot Theatre Co., ran from June 9-July 15, 2012.  Book by Adam Hahn, music by Jonathan Price, and lyrics by Chana Wise.  Directed by Christian Levatino and featuring JR Esposito, Chera Holland, Jason Kobielus, Ali Perkins, Lindsey Mixon, Mackenzie English, Samantha Macher, and Ashley Fuller as the voice of Miami.  An official selection of the 2012 Festival of New American Musicals.

 

LA Weekly's "Pick of the Week": "...composer Jonathan Price and lyricist Chana Wise may have finally broken the sci-fi barrier with this powerfully poignant and wistful 'electronica musical.'  [...]  A terrific ensemble vocalizes Price's soaring ballads, mournful laments and comedy numbers with equal skill, while Chera Holland and Esposito bring the house to tears with their moving duet on 'Never.'" Bill Raden, LA Weekly

  ÆSOPERA was presented in concert by SCLT & Alison Eliel-Kalmus at The Carrie Hamilton Theatre at The Pasadena Playhouse from July 16-24. 2012.  Music by Jonathan Price; Libretti by Jeff Goode, Jan Michael Alejandro & the Composer.  Featuring the operatic talents of Brooke deRosa, Elyse Cook, Nandani Maria Sinha, Miguel Vargas, Jonathan Medina, and Jeffrey Stackhouse.  Musical direction and piano by Leonardo Sciolis and stage direction by Kirk Arnold-Smith and Alison Eliel-Kalmus.

"This production is truly a creative, powerful re-examination and re-interpretation of the classic Aesop’s fables... Between elaborate costumes, an authentic Roman set, haunting, stirring melodies based on riddles, and beloved, timeless fables, the talented ensemble maintains a comfortable, natural rapport, with a full range of emotions and vocals, bringing opera to the masses... Aesopera is sure to appeal to opera lovers and novices, of every generation, with its amazing, inspiring lyrics and grand drama." Bonnie Priever, The Tolucan Times

  Music for the teaser The Man of Stone and Light.

                    

  Reel People, a mini-musical featuring book & music by Jonathan Price and lyrics by Chana Wise, was produced by SkyPilot Theatre as part of their PLANE TALK at T.U. Studios, North Hollywood, from January 21-February 26, 2012.  It was directed by Jonathan Price and featured Ashley Fuller, Jason Kobielus, Lindsey Mixon, and Amelia Rose.

"My favorite was called 'Reel People' (the only musical scene) -- written flairfully by Chana Wise and Jonathan Price, who also directs. We view two mouthy 'entertainment biz' types, hyping their own importance. The bored, unimpressed woman sitting between them cleverly beats them at their own game. Fun! Well played by Ashley Fuller, Amelia Rose, and Jason Kobielus." —Pat Taylor, The Tolucan Times

  ÆSOPERA was presented in concert by Social Arts & SCLT at The Historic Blinn House in Pasadena, CA on October 15, 2011.  Music by Jonathan Price; Libretti by Jeff Goode, Jan Michael Alejandro & the Composer.  Featuring the operatic talents of Brooke deRosa, Diana Briscoe, Nandani Maria Sinha, Miguel Vargas, Paul Wong, and Jeffrey Stackhouse.  Musical direction and piano by Leonardo Sciolis and stage direction by Kirk Arnold-Smith and Alison Eliel-Kalmus.  The event was supported in part through Subito, the quick advancement grant program of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Composers Forum.

"Jonathan Price, et. al., with the recent launch of their new chamber opera, have hit upon something truly original and blithely entertaining.  Displaying wit, skill and very clever social commentary, Price and his two librettists, Jeff Goode and Jan Michael Alejandro, have transformed five of Æsop's fables to make them not only relevant, but pointed and timely in the modern age."  —Lauri Goldenhersh, Lauri's List

  Brian Wilson's beard is home to many things...including music by Jonathan Price.

 

  A preview of the incidental music for The Tempest was performed by the award-winning SCLT Troubadours, under the direction of Alison Eliel-Kalmus, at Theatre Americana Festival of the Arts on June 25, 2011 at Farnsworth Park in Altadena, CA.

  Jonathan Price was a featured composer in No Extra Notes' "Composer Takeover 06" where he shared music from his operas, musicals and film scores.

  An original arrangement of the Celtic folk tune "My Lagan Love" is included on the compilation CD Celtic Gold, performed by the flute/harp/cello trio carisma, released by Australia's premier classical label ABC Classics.  The CD is available at ABC Shop"Classics like The Last Rose of Summer and My Lagan Love have never sounded more moving."  —The Music Pages

  Jonathan Price is the proud recipient of the American Composers Forum Subito Grant to be used toward a 2011 production of his pentaptych chamber opera Æsopera, featuring libretti by Jeff Goode, Jan Michael Alejandro, and the composer.

  Wandering Willows, a new mini-musical featuring book & music by Jonathan Price and lyrics by Chana Wise, was produced by SkyPilot Theatre as part of their REWIND—Saturday Edition at The Victory Theatre, Burbank.  It was directed & choreographed by Allison Bibicoff and featured Ben Ryan, Lindsey Mixon, Trey Thompson, Erika Whalen, Lauren Mayfield, Brian Wallis and Jeremy Aldridge. 

"It's a delightful comedy musical where everyday store patrons sing and dance, and an unexpected love can walk in the front door when you least expect it.  Don't be surprised if you walk out the door humming as you go." —Musicals in LA

"Wandering Willows closes the evening on a musical note.  With the book and music by Jonathan Price and lyrics by Chana Wise, this final one-act speaks to all who are easily seduced and transported by sweeping movie musicals.  Billy (Ben Ryan) wants nothing more than to get lost in the perfect world of melodies, but he simultaneously wants that world all to himself.  Or does he?  Allison Bibicoff directs and choreographs the piece with an even hand, and a steadfast eye on the acting.  Again, great ensemble chemistry.  Equal parts silly and sweet, Wandering Willows is the last of several great treats in the evening of one-acts." LA SPLASH

"The show closed with Wandering Willows, a beautifully choreographed song-and-dance number about a video store clerk’s love for a sappy movie musical, despite his co-worker’s penchant for shoot ‘em up action movies.  Allison Bibicoff choreographed and directed the play and some of the dance moves were about as flawless as any I’ve seen on stage. Wandering Willows was an unexpected close to an enjoyable night of live comedy." The Burbank Leader

  December 12, 2010 SkyPilot Theatre presented a reading of the libretto (w/o music) to a new holiday opera The Christmas Ogre by Jeff Goode (librettist) and Jonathan Price (composer).  It was followed immediately by a short presentation of a 10-minute snippet of the opening scene with opera singers Eric Castro as the Ogre and Christina Linton as the Boy Ogre.

  Jonathan Price has been named one of the playwrights-in-residence at SkyPilot Theatre.

  In the summer of 2010, Jonathan Price was a visiting lecturer in the graduate playwriting program at Hollins University in Roanoke, where he led master classes in musical theatre.

  Commercial with quirky music from Jonathan Price:

  An original arrangement of the Celtic folk tune "My Lagan Love" is included on the compilation CD From the Emerald Isle: The Haunting Sounds of Ireland, performed by the flute/harp/cello trio carisma, released by Australia's premier classical label ABC Classics.  The CD is available at ABC Shop"Classics like The Last Rose of Summer and My Lagan Love have never sounded more moving."  The Music Pages

      The film Necrosis, starring James Kyson Lee, George Stults and Tiffany, was nominated for Best Original Score in the 2009 Los Angeles Reel Film Festival.  "I did quite like the 'spooky child singing' soundtrack..." --cyberhal, QuietEarth

   The mini-opera The Gift of the Magi premiered at Secret Rose Theatre on December 17, 2009 in North Hollywood, California as part of their NoHo Ho Holiday Show.  Della was performed by Diana Briscoe and Christina Linton and Jim by Gabriel Manro and Bernardo Bermudez.  Music by Jonathan Price and libretto by Jan Michael Alejandro & the composer, after the eponymous short story by O. Henry.

 

   Film Music, a compilation album of scores from New Line's Cyber Wars, Showtime's Rustin, American World Pictures' Necrosis and more from composer Jonathan Price, is now available for download from iTunes and amazon.

   The mini-opera The Queen & the Dragon premiered at The Secret Rose Theatre in North Hollywood on June 25, 2009 as part of their Mini-Musical Festival.  With music by Jonathan Price, and a libretto by Jan Michael Alejandro and the composer, it featured some great opera singers from the LA area, including DeReau K. Farrar, Christina Linton, Nandani Maria Sinha, Diana Briscoe, Miguel Vargas, Debbie Dey and Gabriel Manro.

  Original arrangements of the Celtic folk tunes "My Lagan Love" and "She Moved Through the Fair" are included on the CD Celtic Dreams, performed by the flute/harp/cello trio carisma, released by ABC Classics.  The CD is available at buywell.com"Classics like The Last Rose of Summer and My Lagan Love have never sounded more moving."  The Music Pages

  Rumpelstiltskin, a children's musical with book and co-lyrics by Jeff Goode (creator of The Disney Channel's American Dragon: Jake Long), is now available from Samuel French.

  The track Rustin (based on Rustin Main Title) is included on the CD Classical Chill, performed by the flute/harp/cello trio carisma, released by ABC Classics.  It spent 18 weeks in the Top 50 of ABC's Best Sellers list and the track has been featured regularly on Classic FM's Classic Drive with Julia Lester.  The CD is available at ABC Shop.

  The track Rustin (based on Rustin Main Title) is included on the CD Lily's Eyes by the flute/harp/cello trio carisma, released by ABC Classics. The CD is available at buywell.com  "A personal favourite moment would have to be the extremely laid-back arrangement of Recuerdos de la Alhambra which flows through beautifully into the following track, Rustin - a soothing flow that continues until the last note fades out."  Mark Chapman, The Daily

    The Lion & the Wood Nymph, a mini-opera, was chosen as a winner of New Opera Works' OIAM opera composition competition.  It was performed in concert on August 16, 2007 in American Fork, Utah at the Historic City Hall.  "The Lion & the Wood Nymph is just plain beautiful." M. Ryan Taylor, VocalWorks.

  The song "Ji Tuo (Our Hopes)," from the musical Lao Jiu, was part of a special musical presentation at Singapore Day '07 in New York's Central Park on April 21, 2007.  The live concert presented iconic songs from Singapore's theatrical history.  The song was performed by Judy Tan and Skye.

      The new musical Marley's Christmas, featuring book and lyrics by Jeff Goode (author of The Eight: Reindeer Monologues), received a concert reading May 23 & 24, 2006 at Unknown Theater, Los Angeles.  The official website is www.marleyschristmas.com"Jonathan Price has added fun, meaningful, vigorous music to Jeff Goode's play, which had already earned accolades of 'innovative, unique...an unforgettable holiday journey.' Old writing buds becoming pros and then re-teaming years later to make a good show even better is my definition of how the world should work, ladies and gents." —Jeffrey Stackhouse, shadowlandonline.net

  Check out netflix for the feature film Cyber Wars, featuring David Warner and Joan Chen, released by New Line.  "A resonant score by Jonathan Price." Paul Di Filippo, SciFi.com.

  The musical Lao Jiu opened November 11, 2005 in Singapore at the New Drama Centre to rave reviews:

"Lao Jiu: The Musical was close to perfect as a production, with its innovative use of songs and puppets, seamless choreography, authentic dialogue, honest plot and characters, all coming together brilliantly with rare aesthetic cohesiveness.  Full of energy and creativity, the gravity and lightness of the tale flowed and ebbed as naturally as breath.  Lao Jiu: The Musical firmly captured the imaginations of its audience, affirming its place in Singapore's theatrical history."     Deanna Tan, The Flying Inkpot

"Lim and Ng were remarkable in their evocation of their characters' enduring camaraderie.  Their duet of the song The Pendulum Of Time is the bitter-sweet heart of this production, its lament about the fading colours of their era underscored by the slightly hoarse timbre of their weary voices.  The theme of unfulfilled dreams was also given play in the song Our Hopes, which saw two of Lao Jiu's sisters (Celine Rosa Tan and Magdalene See) singing to him about their hopes for his future. Their gentle voices weaved around him a musical cocoon of love and expectation that felt both comforting and constricting.  Composer Jonathan Price's score was refreshingly eclectic."     Hong Xinyi, The Straits Times

"Equally promising and exciting as a downtown concert, Lao Jiu — The Musical  offers some pleasant surprises that marked a rebirth from its former theatrical interpretation 15 years ago.  An earnest remaking all in its own style, the musical is presented with refreshing takes concocted with a cocktail of original music compositions and creative choreography, manned with some stunning visual treats of puppetry works."     —Jimmy Huang, Funkygrad.com

"This production of Lao Jiu makes genuine attempts at innovation which are welcome. The tone of the music and the hearty, mournful sentimentality of the Mandarin lyrics, sung partly in dialect, are lovely, especially those sung by Shifu and by Lao Jiu's ex-gangster father."     Matthew Phan, The Business Times

"The musical Lao Jiu soars, carried by magnificent production values.  Interspersed with drama, puppetry and music, it has a tight ensemble and cast."     David Chew, TODAY

   The song, "Hubba Hubba Hula", with lyrics by Jeff Goode, is featured in the episode, "Jake Takes the Cake," of the Disney Channel's Jake Long: American Dragon.

   The film Rustin, featuring Meat Loaf and Zachery Ty Bryan, is available on amazon.


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