Jonas Schwartz is Vice President of the prestigious Los Angeles Critics Circle. He was the Los Angeles Columnist for the New York based Theatermania.com for 15 years, reviewing, among others, the sold out tours of Book of Mormon and Hamilton. He is now thrilled to work with Broadway World.
Jonas has been a film critic for over 20 years at Comcast Cable and Maryland Nightlife. He is currently a columnist for one of his favorite writers, John Kenneth Muir, on http://reflectionsonfilmandtelevision.blogspot.com/. He has been certified by the MPAA and is a founding board member of the International Press Academy. He chairs several voting boards, particularly the Satellite Awards DVD and Television nominating committees. His reviews have been carried by an array of publications including Comcast Cable, Lord of the Rings Fan Site (which surprisingly spotlighted a negative review of the first Lord of the Rings) and The Drudge Report.
Jonas is also working on a novel, 10VE: A Binary Love Story, about a girl who falls in love with a man over the Internet. Catastrophe results when she ignores the dangerous implications of taking the written word as purer than the intentions of its manipulative author. Rather than a crime thriller, the book focuses on how a woman can take tragic situations and grow beyond them.
Jonas graduated from University of Southern California with a major in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Film Criticism.
BWW Review: Vegas In Three Acts. From The Sublime To The Obscene To The Badonkadonk.
March 4, 2020
And now, the Supermodel of the World, RuPaul Charles has transferred her fierce Drag Queens to the Flamingo Hotel to recreate her award-winning reality show RuPaul's Drag Race where the audience gets to be the judge.
BWW Review: Clutch Your Pearls, THE BOOK OF MORMON Has Returned to Town
February 22, 2020
After three successful runs in Los Angeles in 2012, 2014, and 2017 at the Pantages, that smut-mouthed, but endearing musical comedy The Book Of Mormon has squatted downtown at the Ahmanson, and third time around, it has lost none of its luster, or its smut.
BWW Interview: I CAN DO THAT, Hector Guerrero's Sojourn Across A Chorus Line
January 8, 2020
The Welk Resort Theatre, located at the Welk Resort in San Diego, launches the Pulitzer Prize/Tony-winning A Chorus Line as part of its 39th Season. Director/Choreographer Hector Guerrero makes his debut on the Welk Resort stage with this beloved musical created by Michael Bennett in 1975 with music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Ed Kleban, and a book by James Kirkwood Jr and Nicholas Dante. Guerrero spoke about his evolution as a dancer, choreographer, director as well as how this musical speaks to him.
BWW Interview: Director/Choreographer Daniel Pelzig Returns To Musical Theatre West With Irving Berlin's HOLIDAY INN!
December 6, 2019
Ballet, opera and musical theater director Daniel Pelzig helms the musical version of Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn, playing at Musical Theatre West. This is Pelzig's fourth production with MTW, after My Fair Lady in 2015, Mary Poppins in 2017 and The Little Mermaid earlier this year.
BWW Review: BANDSTAND at Broadway In Thousand Oaks Has All The Right Moves But Something Is Out Of Tune.
December 2, 2019
The musical Bandstand, which is now part of the American Theater Guild tour across the country, thrives when Andy Blankenbuehler's Tony-winning choreography is front and center. Restaged for this production by Marc Heitzman, who was Dance Captain in the Broadway production, the dances display vitality that makes audiences want to stand up and join in. The book and score do not hold up their end of the bargain, and in this production, Bandstand is further saddled with lackluster performances that should have been re-enlivened by tour director Gina Rattan.
BWW Review: BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY at Fountain Theatre
October 23, 2019
BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY, which makes its Los Angeles debut at The Fountain Theatre, is a hard-hitting drama about wanderers, those unattached, ungrounded people who lack the support to make smart choices, but still deserve grace and hope. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2015, the play features all that one expects from playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis: incisive dialogue, complex characterizations and relationships that are unique but also relatable. The cast and director Guillermo Cienfuegos serve the play well.
BWW Review: Languid Production of FRANKENSTEIN Will Have No One Clamoring, “It's Alive!”
August 23, 2019
The California Premiere of Nick Dear's adaptation of Frankenstein features a heartbreaking performance by Michael Manuel as a creature born innocent but ugly, taught to hate and rebel against humanity. Manuel carries the production on his hulking shoulders, which becomes crippling due to a confounding script and unusually lifeless direction from Los Angeles star director Michael Michetti.
BWW Interview: Erik Patterson of HANDJOB at Echo Theatre Company
August 23, 2019
Erik Patterson has made a name for himself in the LA Theater community. A mentor to burgeoning playwrights and a stinging satirist who has racked up nominations and awards, such as the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Writing award for 2017's ONE OF THE NICE ONES, Patterson writes confrontational plays about that most rickety of life forms, humanity. Patterson's new play HANDJOB opens at Echo Theatre Company, directed by Chris Fields, and stars Steven Culp from Desperate Housewives and The West Wing.
BWW Review: GOOD BOYS at Pasadena Playhouse
July 5, 2019
RIVERDALE Scribe Explores The Fruits Of The Poisonous Trees in GOOD BOYS.
BWW Review: DEATH OF A SALESMAN at Ruskin Group Theatre
June 26, 2019
DEATH OF A SALESMAN, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Arthur Miller, is the American Hamlet for actors of a certain age. Its protagonist is a complex, frighteningly bare role, that provides an acting challenge relished by the greats. Rob Morrow, best known for Robert Redford's QUIZ SHOW and the quirky TV dramedy NORTHERN EXPOSURE, pulls off the tricky role by adding an impish quality to the crumbling man, bringing a fresh light to the production at Ruskin Group Theatre.