Jonathan David Sloate
Composer, Lyricist, Playwright & Screenwriter
Jonathan David Sloate is an award-winning playwright, composer, screenwriter and songwriter. He created the original story, music, lyrics, book, and screenplay to both The Tower Of Babel (26 Awards) and The New Picasso (41 Awards), and he is presently writing several projects for both stage and cinema: Attached At The Wrist, The Devil's In The Detail, King Without A Kingdom, The Letters Of Love, and The Expiration Date.
Jonathan David Sloate was the Winner of 21 Featured Artist Awards as 15 songs from The New Picasso and 6 songs from The Tower Of Babel won Featured Artist Awards at ReverbNation.com with more than 3 million music artists. In February 2014 Jonathan David Sloate was Rank #1 on the ReverbNation Classical Charts for New York City, NY USA, National Rank #4 on the ReverbNation Classical Charts for the United States, and Global Rank #14 on the ReverbNation Classical Charts Worldwide. Jonathan also made the Top 200 music artists in all genres on all ReverbNation Charts for New York, NY USA.
"Everything You Touch Is Beautiful To Me" performed by Brooke Sunny Moriber 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 nominees for Best Theater Song of the Year: "Everything You Touch Is Beautiful To Me" performed by Brooke Sunny Moriber and "Tell Me With Your Heart" performed by Ashley Amber & Max von Essen. The 2009 JPF Music Awards received 42,000 album submissions and 560,000 songs.
The New Picasso - The Musical - Act One (Original Concept Album) hits the "Top 15 Soundtracks Bestsellers" List for an MP3 Album on Amazon.com as well as the "Top 60 Hot New Releases," "Top 9 Hot New Releases Soundtracks," "Top 40 Hot New Releases Pop," "Top 100 Pop Bestsellers," and "Top 160 Bestsellers" for all MP3 Albums on Amazon. The New Picasso - The Musical - Act Two (Original Concept Album) hits the "Top 15 Hot New Releases Soundtracks," "Top 60 Soundtracks Bestsellers," "Top 100 Hot New Releases Pop," "Top 200 Hot New Releases," and the "Bestsellers" List for all MP3 Albums on Amazon.com. The recording features the talents of Tony-nominated Robert Cuccioli (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards: Jekyll & Hyde, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark), Max von Essen (Evita, Les Miserables), Ashley Amber (Curtains), Brooke Sunny Moriber (Les Miserables), Rodney Hicks (Rent) and Tony-nominated Christiane Noll (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards: Ragtime, Jekyll & Hyde) along with several Broadway veterans including William Parry (Sunday in the Park with George), Joseph Dellger (Ragtime), Tony Freeman (The Lion King), and John Jeffrey Martin (Hairspray, Disney’s High School Musical). Several of the tracks feature the 59-piece Prague Symphony Orchestra. Score Highlights from The Musical Concept Albums of The New Picasso and The Tower Of Babel makes the "Top 25 Hot New Releases Soundtracks," "Top 200 Soundtracks Bestsellers," "Top 200 Hot New Releases Pop," "Top 250 Hot New Releases," and the "Bestsellers" List for all MP3 Albums on Amazon. Winning Scripts ranks The New Picasso and The Tower Of Babel as the 1st and 2nd Most Award-Winning Fantasy Screenplays and 1st and 2nd Most Award-Winning Romance Screenplays over the past decade since it began tracking worldwide film festivals and major screenplay competitions. Winning Scripts also ranks them as the 2nd and 3rd Most Award-Winning Family Screenplays.
Both The New Picasso and The Tower Of Babel were Winners for Best Musical Screenplay at the 2006 Indie Gathering. The New Picasso was the Winner of the Seahorse Award for Best Musical Feature Screenplay and the Winner of the Gaia Award for Best Score while The Tower Of Babel was the Winner of the Columbine Award for Best Libretto and a Finalist for Best Score at the 7th Annual Moondance International Film Festival. The New Picasso was the Winner of the Gaia Award for Best Libretto while The Tower Of Babel was the Winner of the Seahorse Award for Best Musical Feature Screenplay at the 6th Annual Moondance International Film Festival. The Tower Of Babel was the Winner of a Remi Award for Best Fantasy Screenplay at the 39th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival. Both The New Picasso and The Tower Of Babel were Honorable Mention for Best Stageplay at the 75th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. The New Picasso was a Finalist for Best Screenplay at the 2005 Westwood International Film Festival, the 2005 WriteMovies International Writing Contest, and the 2005 FirstGlance Film Festival. Both The Tower Of Babel and The New Picasso received Honorable Mention for Best Screenplay at the 2005 Epiphany Screenplay Contest, were Semi-Finalists for Best Screenplay at the 2005 ScriptShark Insider Screenwriting Competition and for both Best Drama Screenplay and Best Family Screenplay at the 2005 Screenplay Festival, were Quarter-Finalists for Best Screenplay at the 10th Annual Fade In Awards and the 12th Annual Writers Network Screenplay & Fiction Competition, and were both recognized for excellence at Creative Screenwriting magazine's 2005 Access Acclaim Achievement (AAA) Screenplay Contest and the 2005 FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards. The Tower Of Babel was a Semi-Finalist for Best Screenplay in the Family Film category at the 2006 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards and for Best Screenplay at the 2006 WriteMovies International Screenwriting Contest. The New Picasso is a Semi-Finalist at the 2006 WriteSafe Present-A-Thon Contest and the 11th Annual Monterey Film County Commission Screenplay Competition. The New Picasso was selected for the 2006 Chicago ScriptWorks Screenplay Festival. The New Picasso is an official selection at the 2006 FilmMakers International Screenwriting Awards. Both The Tower Of Babel and The New Picasso are Quarter-Finalists for Best Screenplay at the 13th Annual Writers Network Screenplay & Fiction Competition. The Tower Of Babel was a Nominee for Best Dramatic Scene at the 2006 Action On Film Festival. The New Picasso is a Finalist for Best Comedy Screenplay and was a Semi-Finalist for Best Family Screenplay while The Tower Of Babel is a Finalist for Best Thriller/Horror Screenplay and was a Semi-Finalist for Best Action/Adventure Screenplay at the 2006 Screenplay Festival.
The New Picasso was workshopped at Shetler Studios in Manhattan with 17 actors in February 2004, and an Off-Broadway staged reading of the musical was performed at New World Stages in October 2006 followed by a Concept Album Cast Recording featuring Tony-nominated Robert Cuccioli (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards: Jeckyll & Hyde, Les Miserables, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark), Felicia Finley (The Wedding Singer, Aida, Smokey Joe's Café), Max von Essen (Evita, Dance of the Vampires, Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar), Michael Gillis (Nat. Tour: The Phantom of the Opera), Brooke Sunny Moriber (The Threepenny Opera, The Wild Party, The Dead, Parade, Follies, Les Miserables, Aspects of Love), Christiane Noll (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards: Ragtime, Jeckyll & Hyde, It Ain't Nothin But The Blues, Jeckyll & Hyde, Grease), Rodney Hicks (Jesus Christ Superstar, Rent), William Parry (Sunday in the Park with George, Passion, The Leaf People. Rockabye Hamlet, Agamemnon, Jesus Christ Superstar, Gypsy, Camelot), Alton Fitzgerald White (The Color Purple, The Lion King, Ragtime, Smokey Joe's Café, The Who's Tommy, Miss Saigon, Nat. Tour: Dreamgirls), Joseph Dellger (Ragtime, Lestat, Nat. Tour: The Phantom of the Opera), Tony Freeman (The Lion King, Caroline or Change), Ashley Amber (Curtains, The Wedding Singer, Aida, Dance of the Vampires, All Shook Up, The Boy From Oz), Sara Chase (Paper Mill Playhouse: Godspell), John Jeffrey Martin (Good Vibrations, Hairspray, The Rocky Horror Show, Disney's High School Musical), Steven M. Goldsmith (Nat. Tour: Joseph…Dreamcoat, Int'l Tour: Fame), music director Jan Rosenberg (Assoc. Conductor: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Jeckyll & Hyde, How to Succeed…, The Who's Tommy, Starlight Express, Cats), director Sam Scalamoni (Assoc. Dir.: Lestat, Beauty and the Beast), casting by Arnold Mungioli and Mungioli Theatricals (The Lion King, Showboat, Ragtime, Fosse, The Phantom of the Opera, Candide), and several songs recorded by the 59-piece Prague Symphony Orchestra.
Jonathan collaborated on multiple projects with action-adventure film producer Lawrence Kasanoff (True Lies, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Mortal Kombat). Jonathan composed all of the music for USA Networks' Mortal Kombat: Defenders Of The Realm animated television series starring Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption, The Hurricane, SpongeBob SquarePants Movie), 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 (Full Metal Jacket, Pacific Heights, Gothika), and Ron Perlman (Alien: Resurrection, Blade II, Hellboy) in collaboration with Film Roman who produce The Simpsons, Family Guy, and King of the Hill for 20th Century Fox Television, and for Warner Bros.' Mortal Kombat Conquest live action television series starring Paolo Montalban (The King and I, Cinderella), Daniel Bernhardt (The Matrix Reloaded), and Kristanna Loken (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines), shot at Disney/MGM Studios in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Jonathan composed the score for New Line's Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins, #1 on Billboard magazine's Top Video Sales Charts®. His music has been featured in theatrical trailer campaigns such as Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Entertainment Group's Oscar-winning Sense and Sensibility starring Kate Winslet (Titanic, The Holiday, Finding Neverland), Hugh Grant (Bridget Jones's Diary, Nine Months, Notting Hill), Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins, Shakespeare in Love, Rush Hour), Emma Thompson (Nanny McPhee, Harry Potter), and Alan Rickman (Die Hard, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Harry Potter), live television events such as Female Star of Tomorrow Claire Danes (Romeo + Juliet, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, The Family Stone) at the ShoWest Awards, and television commercial spots for companies such as PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Hasbro, BMG, Nickelodeon and the NBA. Jonathan wrote the main title theme to the Miramax Films/Dimension Films international theatrical film release of Beowulf starring Christopher Lambert (Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Highlander, Mortal Kombat). In addition, he has worked on numerous independent films.
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. He established Black Forest Productions, Inc. to facilitate his artistic and musical endeavors. He has acted as both music producer and session player on various pop and rock album releases. Jonathan graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A in Political Philosophy while having received Dean's List Honors. 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.