'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
Jonathan David Sloate
Composer, Lyricist, Playwright & Screenwriter
Jonathan David Sloate, award-winning playwright, composer, screenwriter & songwriter, composed the scores for the Mortal Kombat franchise produced by Warner Bros., New Line, Disney-MGM Studios, USA Network, Film Roman, BMG, CBS, and TNT, the worldwide campaign for Columbia Pictures Academy Awards winning Sense and Sensibility, Beowulf produced by Dimension Films / Miramax Films, the ShoWest Awards, and movies starring Kate Winslet (Titanic, Finding Neverland), Hugh Grant (Notting Hill, About a Boy), Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins, Shakespeare in Love, Rush Hour), Emma Thompson (Nanny McPhee, Harry Potter), Alan Rickman (Die Hard, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Harry Potter), Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie), Christopher Lambert (Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Highlander, Mortal Kombat), Brian Tochi (Revenge of the Nerds, Police Academy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Olivia d'Abo (Wayne's World 2, Conan the Destroyer, The Wonder Years), Cree Summer (The Rugrats Movies), Luke Perry (The Fifth Element, Beverly Hills 90210), Dorian Harewood (Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, Gothika), Ron Perlman (Alien: Resurrection, Blade II, Hellboy), Paolo Montalban (The King and I, Cinderella), Daniel Bernhardt (The Matrix Reloaded), Kristanna Loken (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines), Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men, Pretty in Pink), Kate Burton (Grey's Anatomy, 127 Hours), and Claire Danes (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Romeo + Juliet, Homeland).
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. BroadwayWorld.com recently nominated The New Picasso for "Best New Concept Cast or Studio Cast Recording" at the 2014 BroadwayWorld Album Awards along with the soundtrack of legendary movie The Sound of Music on NBC.
The New Picasso (imagine Great Expectations & Titanic meet Moulin Rouge! & The Great Gatsby) 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 (imagine The Lord of the Rings / the Hobbit meet Cinderella & Disney's Frozen) 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 for several years 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 David Sloate, winner of 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 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 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-nominated Robert Cuccioli (Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, Les Miserables, Jekyll & Hyde), Felicia Finley (The Wedding Singer, Aida, Smokey Joe's Cafe), Max von Essen (Evita, Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar), Brooke Sunny Moriber (The Threepenny Opera, The Wild Party, Les Miserables), Tony-nominated Christiane Noll (Chaplin, Ragtime, Jekyll & Hyde), Rodney Hicks (The Scottsboro Boys, Jesus Christ Superstar, Rent), William Parry (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), 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).