Jon Bee

Jon Bee

Jon Bee comes to Denver by way of St. Louis, MO. A longtime musician and thespian, he has worked with the Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis, as well as STAGES St. Louis, both in the administrative offices and as a Teaching Artist for the metropolitan area. Identifying as a musician first and foremost, Jon holds a BA in Music from Millikin University where he was a member of the Millikin University Choir, as well as, the flagship vocal jazz ensemble, One Voice. Jon most recently completed his MFA in Arts Management & Leadership at Webster University. While in St. Louis, he worked regularly as a freelance Music Director and performer for local theater productions. Most recently, Jon portrayed Younger Brother in the award winning production of Ragtime with Stray Dog Theatre. His musical inspirations come from a variety of sources, including Musical Theater, Jazz, and Choral Music. Jon currently works for Rocky Ridge Music Center as the Student Services Administrator and Voice Faculty member for both the Denver and Boulder locations. 




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BWW Review: LA TRAVIATA at Opera ColoradoBWW Review: LA TRAVIATA at Opera Colorado
Posted: Nov. 23, 2018


BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY at BDT StageBWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY at BDT Stage
Posted: Dec. 13, 2018


BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at DCPABWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at DCPA
Posted: Dec. 13, 2018


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BWW Review: Touring Production Gives New Life to LES MISERABLES at DCPABWW Review: Touring Production Gives New Life to LES MISERABLES at DCPA
Posted: Jul. 30, 2018


BWW Review: GREEN DAY'S AMERICAN IDIOT at Town Hall Arts CenterBWW Review: GREEN DAY'S AMERICAN IDIOT at Town Hall Arts Center
Posted: Sep. 19, 2018


BWW Review: MAMMA MIA at Arvada Arts CenterBWW Review: MAMMA MIA at Arvada Arts Center
Posted: Sep. 19, 2018


BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at BDT StageBWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at BDT Stage
Posted: Jun. 27, 2018


BWW Review: LA TRAVIATA at Opera ColoradoBWW Review: LA TRAVIATA at Opera Colorado
Posted: Nov. 23, 2018


BWW Review: Students Steal the Show in School of Rock At DCPABWW Review: Students Steal the Show in School of Rock At DCPA
Posted: Jun. 1, 2018


BWW Review: REEFER MADNESS at Equinox Will Drive You CrazyBWW Review: REEFER MADNESS at Equinox Will Drive You Crazy
Posted: Apr. 24, 2018


BWW Review: WHITE CHRISTMAS at Denver Center for the Performing ArtsBWW Review: WHITE CHRISTMAS at Denver Center for the Performing Arts
December 14, 2018

One of my earliest Christmas memories is watching the movie version of White Christmas with my family. To this day, it is still a valued family tradition to sit back and tune in to a film that defined part of my childhood, as I'm sure it did for many. With the stage version on the road, it is the perfect opportunity to dive headfirst into the holiday spirit.

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at DCPABWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at DCPA
December 13, 2018

A Christmas Carol in and of itself, is a Christmas tradition, if not for all, certainly for many families across the world. In fact, when the book first went to print on December 19, 1843, it sold out by Christmas Eve. I suppose the story has been a tradition for some stemming back generations; back to the beginning. AT DCPA, the telling of A Christmas Carol is what many look forward to each holiday season, and this year's production does not disappoint.

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY at BDT StageBWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY at BDT Stage
December 13, 2018

Some shows in the Christmas theatre canon are taken from classic stories such as A Christmas Carol, while others perhaps form a more original holiday tale. And then there are the special few that can only be described as "cult-classic." In A Christmas Story, we once again meet little Ralphie and his family as he hopes for a Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun from Santa - or at least his parents. From the infamous scene at the flag pole to the leg-lamp in the window for all the neighbors to see, this current production at BDT Stage has it all for those wishing to live out a live version of their favorite Christmas movie.

BWW Review: LA TRAVIATA at Opera ColoradoBWW Review: LA TRAVIATA at Opera Colorado
November 23, 2018

Opera is not just a classical style of performance. It is the foundation for everything that would come after. Thus, knowing where we came from is just as important as knowing where we're going. In Opera Colorado's production of Verdi's La Traviata, the classical art form is presented at it's best with elements of both the past and present.

BWW Review: MY NAME IS ASHER LEV at Cherry Creek TheatreBWW Review: MY NAME IS ASHER LEV at Cherry Creek Theatre
November 8, 2018

Art, as we know, is subjective. It can also be beautiful, controversial, awe-inspiring, or sometimes all of the above. But what happens when art comes between religion and family? In the current production at Cherry Creek Theatre, My Name is Asher Lev, a boy learns these struggles at an early age, but doesn't understand what they mean until it's too late.

BWW Review: HARVEY at Phamaly Theatre CompanyBWW Review: HARVEY at Phamaly Theatre Company
November 2, 2018

Did you ever have an imaginary friend as a child? Perhaps something like a "heffalump" or even fairy godparents? Creative minds will take children far, but what about an adult man whose best friend is a six foot tall invisible rabbit? We might say he is in need of some psychological assistance. In the classic, Harvey, that's exactly the scenario we find at the home of Elwood P. Dowd, his sister, Veta Louise Simmons, and her daughter, Myrtle Mae.

BWW Review: LOVE NEVER DIES (Or Does It?) at DCPABWW Review: LOVE NEVER DIES (Or Does It?) at DCPA
October 26, 2018

It's no secret that entertainment culture has an obsession with sequels and beyond. Movie trilogies become sagas and soon enough Jude Law is playing young Albus Dumbledore. This desire to expand the story; to pick up where you left off is prevalent even on the stage, although perhaps not as regularly. In Andrew Llyod Webber's Love Never Dies, the story isn't over just yet for Christine Daae, The Phantom, and many other important players from it's predecessor, The Phantom of the Opera.

BWW Review: SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD at Aurora Fox Arts CenterBWW Review: SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD at Aurora Fox Arts Center
September 27, 2018

Not all shows need to have exuberant sets, notable actors, or even a solidified plotlines to be impactful. As we move further and further into the age of 'contemporary musical theater,' more song cycles - shows composed primarily of music with no dialogue and presented themes instead of a plot - are making their way into the limelight. Musicals like Edges and Smokey Joe's Cafe are among those that have cemented their place in time, as is Songs for a New World, currently playing at the Aurora Fox Arts Center.

BWW Review: GREEN DAY'S AMERICAN IDIOT at Town Hall Arts CenterBWW Review: GREEN DAY'S AMERICAN IDIOT at Town Hall Arts Center
September 19, 2018

Teen angst is not something to ignore. Often times, it is the only semblance of emotion that youths exhibit in hopes of finding comfort from others and answers from themselves. Just as these emotions are real, so too is the music that exemplifies these feelings. The combination of these ideas leads us to such musical performances as Green Day's American Idiotat Town Hall Arts Center.

BWW Review: MAMMA MIA at Arvada Arts CenterBWW Review: MAMMA MIA at Arvada Arts Center
September 19, 2018

In today's musical theater songbook, you'd probably find a handful of tunes from bio-shows and juke box musicals. From Carole King to Elvis Presley, there plenty of stories to tell, even if they are not those of the music artists. In Arvada's latest production, Mamma Mia, music sensation ABBA is highlighted in all the right ways.

BWW Review: MARY POPPINS at Candlelight Dinner PlayhouseBWW Review: MARY POPPINS at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
September 18, 2018

Not every tale begins with 'once upon a time' just as they are not always a love story. Rather, a different kind of love - an equally important love - is presented. In Candlelight's Dinner Playhouse's latest production, Mary Poppins, the love between children and adults, whether it be between kids and their parents or a lovable, stern nanny, is the certain focal point.

BWW Review: VIETGONE Gives New Light to the War at DCPABWW Review: VIETGONE Gives New Light to the War at DCPA
September 10, 2018

In some ways, history is all we have in terms of building a brighter future. At times, we either forget that history, or we never learn about such events that would lead us to make more informed decisions. Remembering historical events clearly isn't the most sought after activity to spend your time. Thus enters the world of theater, where people come to delve into stories and as an added bonus walk out after the show a little more educated than they were walking in. Such was the case for myself in taking in DCPA's production of Vietgone.

BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL, THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at DCPABWW Review: BEAUTIFUL, THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL at DCPA
September 7, 2018

Throughout history, performance artists have become staples in pop culture, many of which can rightfully claim "icon" status. However, aside from music performance, songwriting has long been an underrated quality in the music industry. Even if songwriters become notable performers, it is not always widely known that they have written, and continue to write, for other top artists. Such is the case of Carole King, as told by Beautiful, The Carole King Musical.

BWW Review: WAISTWATCHERS, THE MUSICAL at Lakewood Cultural CenterBWW Review: WAISTWATCHERS, THE MUSICAL at Lakewood Cultural Center
August 15, 2018

Art, above all, is subjective. It can be anything and everything if artistic intent is the drive behind the creation. With that in mind, art can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and quality. Such was the case for the touring production of Waist Watchers, The Musical at Lakewood Cultural Center.

BWW Review: ON YOUR FEET at DCPABWW Review: ON YOUR FEET at DCPA
August 14, 2018

Icon. A word of only four letters, and yet it holds so much weight for many people. It is not hard to think of musical icons: Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, even Britney Spears. Among the elite is also Gloria Estefan, whose own personal life is on full display in the latest show to come to DCPA, On Your Feet!

BWW Review: Touring Production Gives New Life to LES MISERABLES at DCPABWW Review: Touring Production Gives New Life to LES MISERABLES at DCPA
July 30, 2018

In the history of musical theater certain shows have had their place in time while others seem to transcend lifetimes. Parents bring their children to the same musical that their parents brought them to at their age and suddenly a new family tradition has started. The nice thing about traditions is that they grow and evolve, just like the latest show to come to DCPA: The new touring production of Les Miserables.

BWW Review: DISNEY'S NEWSIES Sing All About It at Candlelight Dinner PlayhouseBWW Review: DISNEY'S NEWSIES Sing All About It at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
July 16, 2018

Disney has a history of fantasy. Truly, this is the area in which they find their greatest achievements. Bringing such magic to the stage has long been in their wheelhouse. However, the land of imagination is not limited to fantasy. In Disney's Newsies, the only magic in the air is that which comes from theater, as the patrons of Candlelight Dinner Playhouse's latest production will tell you.

BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at BDT StageBWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at BDT Stage
June 27, 2018

As a child of the 90s, the classic Disney movies have a special place in my heart. The company's track record of transforming these tales into full-length musical productions has always been met with anticipation of how the magic of the movies will blossom on stage. The Little Mermaid, the current production at BDT Stage, is no exception to the glitz.

BWW Review: Students Steal the Show in School of Rock At DCPABWW Review: Students Steal the Show in School of Rock At DCPA
June 1, 2018

Over time, we have come to a point where the musical theater genre is as identifiable as any other genre. In today's age, we have come full circle in that the line between musical theater and other genres is thinner than ever. Lin Manuel's Hamilton is a perfect example of the next generation of musical theater, as is DCPA's latest touring production, School of Rock

BWW Review: ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE Shines at BDT StageBWW Review: ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE Shines at BDT Stage
May 15, 2018

Theater is a business built on fantasy. We attend productions with suspended disbelief in an effort to step into a world different than our own, and yet, some of the most groundbreaking theatrical works are grounded in historical reference. Some of these shows are on my list of personal favorites, and some get added later, including BDT Stage's latest production, AlwaysPatsy Cline.



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