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J. Oconer Navarro

 
Bio:
J. Oconer Navarro is an award-winning writer, music director, arranger, pianist, and vocal coach based in NYC. J. is a recipient of the American Theatre Wing Jonathan Larson Grant, an alumnus of the Composer-Librettist Studio at New Dramatists, and is widely recognized for his work in Music ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
J. Oconer Navarro is an award-winning writer, music director, arranger, pianist, and vocal coach based in NYC. J. is a recipient of the American Theatre Wing Jonathan Larson Grant, an alumnus of the Composer-Librettist Studio at New Dramatists, and is widely recognized for his work in Music ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Boston, 2019]
Associate Music Director/Conductor
 
[Milburn, NJ (Regional), 2019]
Music Director
 
[San Diego, CA (Regional), 2017]
Music Director
 
[San Diego, CA (Regional), 2016]
Music Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2010]
Musical Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2008]
Musical Director
Musical Director

Photos

 J. Oconer Navarro, Anastasia McClesky , Jodie Moore, Caissie Levy  Photo

J. Oconer Navarro, Anastasia McClesky , Jodie Moore, Caissie Levy

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Date:
02/29/2020
L-RL Skye Dearborn (Trombone), Lev Mamuya (Cello), Robert Shultz (Drums/Percussion),  Photo

L-RL Skye Dearborn (Trombone), Lev Mamuya (Cello), Robert Shultz (Drums/Percussion), Dave Malloy (Music, Lyrics, Book, and Orchestrations), J. Oconer Navarro (Conductor/Piano), Marissa Licata (Violin), Jason Fisher (Music Contractor/Viola), Lizzie Burns (Bass), Austin Yancey (Alto & Soprano Saxophone/Flute) Absent: Paul Mardy (Tenor Saxophone/Flute)

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Date:
12/13/2019
Music Director and Supervisor Or Matias and Associate Music Director J. Oconer Navarr Photo

Music Director and Supervisor Or Matias and Associate Music Director J. Oconer Navarro

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Date:
11/13/2019


Jonathan Butterell, Judith Blazer, J. Oconer Navarro, Josh Schmidt, Andy Boroson and David Simpatico

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Date:
03/10/2010


Laura Pietropinto, J. Oconer Navarro, Joel B. New, Zachary Prince, Rick Hip-Flores, Peter Lerman, Alison Posner, Kait Kerrigan, Phoebe Strole, Lilli Cooper, Eli Bolin, Krysta Rodriguez, Gemma Ashley-Kaplan, Bobby Cronin, Michelle Kinney, Josh Young, Kerry

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Date:
08/06/2009

 

Stage

Productions

[Boston, 2019]
Associate Music Director/Conductor

[Milburn, NJ (Regional), 2019]
Music Director

[San Diego, CA (Regional), 2017]
Music Director

[San Diego, CA (Regional), 2016]
Music Director

[Off-Broadway, 2010]
Musical Director

[Off-Broadway, 2008]
Musical Director

Musical Director

J. Oconer Navarro Biography

J. Oconer Navarro is an award-winning writer, music director, arranger, pianist, and vocal coach based in NYC. J. is a recipient of the American Theatre Wing Jonathan Larson Grant, an alumnus of the Composer-Librettist Studio at New Dramatists, and is widely recognized for his work in Music Direction. Off-Broadway: FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE (The Public Theater; Cast Album: Ghostlight/Sh-K-Boom Records), ?iOW@? (Playwrights Horizons), ADDING MACHINE (Minetta Lane Theatre; Lortel, Obie, and Outer Critics Circle Awards; Cast Album: PS Classics), SUMMER AND SMOKE (Transport Group/Classic Stage Company), WE THE PEOPLE (Theatreworks USA; Lortel Nomination), WHIDA PERU: RESURRECTION TANGLE (Primary Stages), TWELFTH NIGHT (The Public Theater/Public Works/Shakespeare in the Park) Regional: MY SCARY GIRL (Barrington Stage Company), THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, RAGTIME (Hangar Theatre), BARRIO GRRRL! (The Kennedy Center; Helen Hayes Nomination), BENNY AND JOON (The Old Globe, Paper Mill Playhouse), RAIN (The Old Globe, World Premiere), Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD (Two River Theater Company). Workshops/Concerts: The Guthrie Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, New York Stage and Film, Theatreworks - Silicon Valley, Westport Country Playhouse. Additionally, J. is Arranger for CAMP BROADWAY, Resident Music Director at LINCOLN CENTER THEATER - Education Department, Resident Composer for THE CHURCH OF SAINT PAUL THE APOSTLE, NYC. Teaching: Founding Faculty, NYU/Tisch School of the Arts - New Studio on Broadway; Faculty, Stella Adler Studio of Acting - Musical Theatre Intensive Education: MFA, NYU




J. Oconer Navarro News

Carolee Carmello and Javier Mu√Īoz to Star in LOS OTROS New York Premiere Photo Carolee Carmello and Javier Mu√Īoz to Star in LOS OTROS New York Premiere
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 31, 2022

PREMIERES NYC has announced the expansion of its bi-annual commissioning series INNER VOICES with the New York premiere production of Los Otros, a musical in one act with book & lyrics by Tony Award nominee Ellen Fitzhugh (Grind, Paradise Found) and music by five-time Tony Award nominee Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild Party, Giant). 

Listen: Ann Harada, Deb Radloff and Devin Illaw Perform the Title Song from THE NEW P Photo Listen: Ann Harada, Deb Radloff and Devin Illaw Perform the Title Song from THE NEW PEGGY
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 1, 2021

Hear Ann Harada, Deb Radloff and Devin Ilaw perform the title song from hilariously dark new musical, The New Peggy, featuring book & lyrics by Drew Larimore and music & lyrics by Larson Award-winner J. Oconer Navarro, produced by the Micro Musical Theatre Show.

WCSU Department Of Theatre Presents NEW WORKS - NEW VOICES, A Virtual Production Seri Photo WCSU Department Of Theatre Presents NEW WORKS - NEW VOICES, A Virtual Production Series
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 17, 2020

The Department of Theatre Arts at Western Connecticut State University will present New Works - New Voices, a virtual production series dedicated to amplifying the voices of marginalized and underrepresented playwrights and composers.

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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 17, 2020

New York Theatre Barn to Live Stream Excerpts From New Musicals By Tim Rosser, Charli Photo New York Theatre Barn to Live Stream Excerpts From New Musicals By Tim Rosser, Charlie Sohne and J. Oconer Navarro
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 10, 2020

New York Theatre Barn will host a free live stream of its New Works Series on Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 at 7PM EDT, featuring excerpts from the new musicals Talk to Me and F.L.I.P.PED.

New York Theatre Barn to Feature New Musicals From Jaime Cepero, Joey Contreras, Zoe  Photo New York Theatre Barn to Feature New Musicals From Jaime Cepero, Joey Contreras, Zoe Sarnak & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 6, 2020

New York Theatre Barn will continue to host weekly free live streams of its New Works Series each Wednesday evening at 7PM ET. Upcoming July installments of the series include excerpts from the new musicals Francois and the Rebels, Forget Me Not, A Crossing, American Morning, Tenn and more.

Photo Flash: The Cast and Crew of CAROLINE, OR CHANGE Meet the Press Photo Photo Flash: The Cast and Crew of CAROLINE, OR CHANGE Meet the Press
by Stephi Wild - Feb 29, 2020

Roundabout Theatre Company's Caroline, or Change will begin performances on March 13, 2020 and open on April 7, 2020 at Studio 54 on Broadway (254 West 54th Street).

BWW Review: MOBY DICK: The One That Got Away Photo BWW Review: MOBY DICK: The One That Got Away
by Nancy Grossman - Dec 14, 2019

The much-anticipated MOBY DICK (A Musical Reckoning), from the team that brought you NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 in 2015, has finally surfaced at the Loeb Drama Center of the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge. Based on the iconic American novel by Herman Melville, the three-and-a-half-hour-long musical endeavors to theatricalize about 40 of the book's 135 chapters, taking a much larger bite from the source material than the mere 70- page section of Leo Tolstoy's WAR AND PEACE adapted for THE GREAT COMET. Oh, would that Dave Malloy (music, book, lyrics, and orchestrations) and Rachel Chavkin (director, co-developer) had approached this project with such surgical skill, rather than casting the broadest of nets upon the waters.

Photo Flash: Opening Night Photos of MOBY-DICK At A.R.T Photo Photo Flash: Opening Night Photos of MOBY-DICK At A.R.T
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 13, 2019

Moby-Dick began previews on Tuesday, December 3 and opened on December 12 at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA. It plays through Sunday, January 12. 

Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsals For MOBY-DICK at ART Photo Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsals For MOBY-DICK at ART
by Stephi Wild - Nov 13, 2019

Moby-Dick begins previews on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA. It opens Wednesday, December 11, and plays through Sunday, January 12, 2020.

J. Oconer Navarro Videos

VIDEO: First Look at Bryce Pinkham, Hannah Elless, and More in BENNY & JOON at Paper  VideoVIDEO: First Look at Bryce Pinkham, Hannah Elless, and More in BENNY & JOON at Paper Mill Playhouse
by Alan Henry - Apr 26, 2019

Paper Mill Playhouse presents the East Coast premiere of Benny & Joon with book by Kirsten Guenther, music by Nolan Gasser, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, based on the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture written by Barry Berman and Leslie McNeil. Benny & Joon began performances Thursday, April 4, 2019, and will continue through Sunday, May 5, 2019, at Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ). Benny & Joon is presented by special arrangement with Larry Hirschhorn. Opening Night is set for Sunday, April 14, 2019, at 7:00pm.

VIDEO: Watch Clips of Bryce Pinkham, Hannah Elless, and More in BENNY & JOON at Paper VideoVIDEO: Watch Clips of Bryce Pinkham, Hannah Elless, and More in BENNY & JOON at Paper Mill Playhouse
by Stage Tube - Apr 12, 2019

Paper Mill Playhouse presents the East Coast premiere of Benny & Joon with book by Kirsten Guenther, music by Nolan Gasser, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, based on the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture written by Barry Berman and Leslie McNeil. Benny & Joon began performances Thursday, April 4, 2019, and will continue through Sunday, May 5, 2019, at Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ). Benny & Joon is presented by special arrangement with Larry Hirschhorn. Opening Night is set for Sunday, April 14, 2019, at 7:00pm.

VIDEO: Get A First Look At BENNY & JOON At The Old Globe Theatre VideoVIDEO: Get A First Look At BENNY & JOON At The Old Globe Theatre
by Alan Henry - Sep 13, 2017

The world premiere of BENNY & JOON will run at The Old Globe Theatre through October 22. Based on the 1993 movie of the same name with a screenplay by Barry Berman and Lesley McNeil, BENNY & JOON follows the story of auto mechanic Benny, who is the only care taker of his eccentric sister Joon. Things become complicated when Sam, with his own take on the world, steps into the picture and turns everything upside down. BENNY & JOON explores what happens when you step outside of what you know, and take the leap toward love.

Exclusive Podcast & Video: Joel B. New Welcomes 'Backstage Bite' Host Katie Lynch
by Something New - Apr 24, 2017

In Episode 506 of the Something New podcast, award-winning songwriter Joel B. New sat down with Katie Lynch, creator and host of the Broadway World web series, 'Backstage Bite.' On 'Backstage Bite,' viewers are invited to come into Katie's kitchen with some of Broadway's brightest as they eat, drink and merrily mix it up in this new cooking show! See your favorite stars out of their element as they whip up dishes inspired by their Broadway show. Get to know some of your favorite performers with quirky segments like Quickfire Questions!

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from LaChiusa's RAIN at The Old Globe, Starring Eden Espinosa!
by Stage Tube - Apr 7, 2016

The Old Globe welcomes Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, making his musical directing debut with RAIN, a sumptuous world premiere musical by one of the most significant teams working in theatre today: composer and lyricist Michael John LaChiusa and book writer Sybille Pearson. Based on the short story by Somerset Maugham, RAIN will play now through May 1, 2016 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. BroadwayWorld has a first look at Eden Espinosa and the company in action below!

STAGE TUBE: Eden Espinosa Performs 'Sunshine' from LaChiusa's New Musical RAIN at The Old Globe
by Stage Tube - Mar 18, 2016

The Old Globe welcomes Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, making his musical directing debut with RAIN, a sumptuous world premiere musical by one of the most significant teams working in theatre today: composer and lyricist Michael John LaChiusa and book writer Sybille Pearson. Below, BroadwayWorld presents a first listen to the tune 'Sunshine' from the new musical, sung by star Eden Espinosa!

BWW TV Exclusive: CUTTING-EDGE COMPOSERS CORNER- Ryann Redmond Sings Carmel Dean and Jenny Stafford's 'I Love You, New York'
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 14, 2015

We're thrilled to present a brand new song by Carmel Dean and Jenny Stafford! 'I LOVE YOU is a song about the love/hate relationship every New Yorker has with their city'. Here is If/Then's Ryann Redmond singing it at our concert at 54 Below.

STAGE TUBE: Jesse Tyer Ferguson Theaterworks' Influence on His Career
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 26, 2010

In the clip below, Jesse Tyler Ferguson discusses the impact Theaterworks USA, the nation's leading not-for-profit professional theatre for family audiences, has had on his career.