Opening tomorrow, East West Player’s 2018 Visionary Award Winner, stage (Miss Saigon) and screen (American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace) actor, Jon Jon Briones will star as ‘Herman’ in Reprise 2.0’s Sweet Charity.
Briones was born and raised in the Philippines. In 1989 he joined the original London cast of Miss Saigon and later in 2014 starred as the Engineer in the London West End revival, which transferred to Broadway in 2017 (Olivier and a Drama Desk Award nominee; winner What’s On Stage, Broadway World, and Theater World Awards). He also appeared in tours of Miss Saigon in Germany, Asia, North America (twice), and returned to the original UK production for its final year. In Los Angeles, he played Georges in La Cage Aux Folles at East West Players (Ovation nomination); He was also nominated for an Ovation and an LA Weekly Award for playing the title character in The Romance of Magno Rubio at [Inside] the Ford and starred in the new work, Sweet Karma, as the lead character, Vichear Lam. He was involved in the pre-Broadway development of the musical, Allegiance with Lea Salonga and George Takei both in New York workshops and at the Old Globe in San Diego. Other roles in Los Angeles, New York and around the globe include: Fredrik Egerman in A Little Night Music, Enjolras in Les Miserables, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Tateh in Ragtime, Lion in the The Wiz, Laertes in Hamlet, Rapunzel’s Prince in Into the Woods, Slovitch in Fools, Man 1 in Closer Than Ever, and Lukas in Peregrinasyon with Ma-Yi Theater Company. Television guest star appearances include “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” “Las Vegas,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” “Designated Survivor,” “Bones,” “The Mentalist,” “Monk,” “Southland,” “Miami Medical,” “General Hospital,” “Law & Order LA” and “Moonlight.” Film credits include: Model Home, Blood Ransom, The Fifth Voyage of Sinbad, Breathe, Brown Soup Thing, An Immigrant Girl’s Journey, Proud American, Finding Foosball, Potluck, Feast and Yokai. He now resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.
Based on Federico Fellini’s “Nights of Cabiria”, Sweet Charity was director Bob Fosse’s riotously colorful valentine to his then-wife, Broadway dancing phenomenon Gwen Verdon. Premiering in 1966, it was nominated for nine Tony Awards and ran for 608 performances. Sweet Charity was played in London by Juliet Prowse and by numerous stars in subsequent New York revivals, most recently in 2016 by Sutton Foster.
The stage play will run from Wednesday, June 20 to Sunday, July 1 with fifteen performances at the Freud Playhouse in UCLA’s Macgowan Hall in Westwood, California.
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