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Jay Paranada

Birth Place: Seattle, WA

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Jay holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Pacific Lutheran University, and also attended the University of York in England. He’s conservatory trained at American Musical and Dramatic Academy (NYC). He has been a proud member of Actors' Equity Association since 2012.

Currently, he can be seen playing Iago in the First National, North American tour of Disney's Aladdin. www.aladdinthemusical.com

New York credits include Feng in The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen (dir. Brian Hill/produced by Somerled Arts), Harrison Fjord in Heart of Rock and Roll (dir. Gordon Greenberg/Huey Lewis developmental reading), Nicely Nicely in Guys and Dolls (Genesis Repertory), Martin Van Buren in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Piper Theatre), Bun Foo in Thoroughly Modern Millie (The Gallery Players), Merrily We Roll Along (Astoria Performing Arts Center), Fleet Foot in Little Mary Sunshine and Captain in Louisiana Purchase! (Musicals Tonight!) and with Prospect Theatre, Musical Theatre Factory, BMI, NYMF, MITF, NY Fringe, NYU Tisch Grad Writing, The Araca Project and several concerts at Lincoln Center.

Regional Theatre credits include Engineer in Miss Saigon, Baker in Into The Woods, Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Chip Tolentino in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Sammy Fong in Flower Drum Song.

When not performing, he enjoys writing and being a foodie. He resides in Fort Lee, NJ with his husband, Scott, and infant daughter Lily Bea. Learn more by following him on social media @jayparanada and website www.jayparanada.com!

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Photos: THE ADDAMS FAMILY At The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre

They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious, and spooky. The Addams Family Musical brings the iconic family to life at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, now playing through June 18. See photos from the production!

Carlos Lopez, Stacey Harris & More to Star in THE ADDAMS FAMILY at The Arrow Rock Lyceum

They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious, and spooky. The Addams Family brings the iconic family musically to life at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, June 9-18.

Prospect Announces The Full Cast For CAPTION THIS, 2022 Musical Theater Lab

Prospect Theater Company has announced the performers who will be appearing in its 2022 Musical Theater Lab Concert presentation: Caption This. Thirty actors from Broadway and beyond will bring their talents to the stage to celebrate the hot-off-the-presses new works generated in this year's lab process. 

Prospect Announces Full Line-up For 11/17 RULE OF THREE Musical Theater Lab, In Concert

 Prospect Theater Company has announced the full cast for a special one-night-only concert performance at NYC’s Symphony Space (2537 Broadway @ 95th Street). On Wednesday, November 17th @ 7:30pm the company will present RULE OF THREE, a concert evening featuring hot-off-the-presses offerings generated in its annual Musical Theater Lab.

Telly Leung, Karen Mason, Ann Harada, and More Announced For BITE-SIZED BROADWAY Musical Podcast

IndieWorks Theatre Company today announced cast members from Broadway, West End, Television and digital media platforms will star in the company's new podcast, Bite-Sized Broadway: A Mini-Musical Podcast.

The Producer's Perspective Pro Announces Invited Reading Of OCEAN IN A TEACUP

The Producer's Perspective PRO Reading Series, which is produced in part by Davenport Theatrical Enterprises, is proud to announce their second presentation, which will be an invited reading of Ocean in a Teacup on Monday, June 24th at 3pm at Sunlight Studios (321 W 44th Street).

Review Roundup: ALADDIN on Tour, What Did the Critics Think?

Disney's 'Aladdin' is currently flying around America, entertaining audiences nationwide with the Agrabah glitz and glamour. What are critics in the various cities saying about the tour? Check out their reviews from tour stops like Tempe, Salt Lake City, San Diego and more below!

Cast Announced For ALADDIN In Salt Lake City!

As it approaches its 2nd anniversary, the North American tour of Disney's Aladdin is pleased to announce that five new principal cast members will join the company starting on April 25 in Salt Lake City, where the hit Broadway musical will play a limited three-week engagement at The Eccles Theatre through May 12.

Kaena Kekoa, Reggie De Leon, and More Join the ALADDIN North American Tour

As it approaches its 2nd anniversary, the North American tour of Disney's Aladdin has announced that five new principal cast members will join the company starting on April 25 in Salt Lake City, where the hit Broadway musical will play a limited three-week engagement at The Eccles Theatre through May 12.

BWW Review: ALADDIN and his Genie Conjure Up Fun and Magic at OC's Segerstrom Center

Remarkably glitzy and broadly amusing, the delightful stage version of Disney's ALADDIN is a fun, lively, and entertaining repackaging of the originally fun, lively, and entertaining animated film classic, which will please both fans of the original and those in the mood for a great big dazzling (and bedazzled) Broadway musical. While this Casey Nicholaw-helmed big-budget extravaganza of dazzling sights and sounds is quite a faithful adaptation in terms of storyline and tone, the stage version abandons the impossible things it couldn't remotely replicate from the animated movie, but instead smartly utilizes the limitations of---and the unique qualities of---musical theater to produce a show that is, astonishingly, still an overall satisfying sensory treat. The show's national tour continues its three-week engagement at OC's Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA through March 23, 2019.

Disney's ALADDIN Coming To Portland This Month

Casting has been announced for the Portland engagement of Disney's Aladdin.  The hit Broadway musical will begin performances at Keller Auditorium on Wednesday, March 27 for a limited engagement through Sunday, April 7. The press opening night is Thursday, March 28 at 7:30 pm. 

BWW Review: ALADDIN at ASU Gammage

Aladdin wants to change his life and he gets the opportunity when he befriends a Genie. Will three wishes be enough to help him win the heart of Princess Jasmine?

BWW Review: ALADDIN Finds Gold With its Own Cave of Wonders at Orpheum Theater

ALADDIN is completely satisfying as a theater experience because it has it all: great music, extravagant sets and lighting, gorgeous costumes, enchanting choreography, solid actors, and humor.

Two Michiganders Featured In Disney's ALADDIN Cast in Detroit

Casting has been announced for the Detroit engagement of Disney's Aladdin. The hit Broadway musical will begin performances at the Detroit Opera House on December 12, 2018 for a limited engagement through January 13, 2019.

BWW Reviews: ALADDIN Gives The Audience Everything They Were Wishing For

Michael James Scott must have known he had some enormous golden slippers to fill when he took over the role of the Genie in the national touring version of DISNEY'S ALADDIN, which will be in Columbus from Oct. 24 to Nov. 4. Not only will Scott be judged against the performance of the late Robin Williams, who masterfully played Genie in the movies, ALADDIN (1992) and ALADDIN AND THE KING OF THIEVES (1996), but he also had to emerge from the big blue shadows of James Monroe Iglehart who won a Tony Award for best performance by a featured actor in the Broadway musical in 2014.

BWW Review: DISNEY'S ALADDIN at Broadway In Louisville

After the disappointment of canceling Waitress following the June 13 fire at the Kentucky Center, Broadway in Louisville kicks off the current season in spectacular style. The 2014 Broadway production of Disney's Aladdin flew into Louisville this week for an extended run.

BWW Interview: Jay Paranada is Evil Sidekick Iago in Disney's ALADDIN

I remember the first time I saw Disney's Aladdin in the movie theatre as a kid. I was only 4 years old, and I was both mystified, entertained, in love with the music, and terrified. So much wrapped up into one movie! A street rat who at heart is a really good guy, but just a little lost and trying to find his place in the world. A princess who teaches us that all the money and comforts in the world don't necessarily bring you joy and that we should always stand up for ourselves. A Genie who grants wishes and ultimately earns his freedom. An evil sorcerer and his trusted sidekick who want nothing more than to rule the world and destroy anyone in their path. But also, there's amazing music and lots of dancing. How could you NOT love this story?!

Casting Announced For Disney's ALADDIN At The Ohio Theatre

Casting has been announced for the Columbus engagement of Disney's Aladdin. The hit Broadway musical will begin performances at the Ohio Theatre beginning Wednesday, October 24, for a limited engagement through Sunday, November 4.

Book On Filipino American Theater History Now Available

A book detailing the histories of Filipino American theater groups and artists is now available. Barangay to Broadway: Filipino American Theater History includes information on Tony Award winners such as Lea Salonga (Actress in a Musical for Miss Saigon), Clint Ramos (Costume Design for Eclipsed), Lena Hall (Featured Actress in a Musical for Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and Robert Lopez (Music for Avenue Q and Book of Mormon).

BWW Review: ALADDIN Is A New Take on an Old-Fashioned Genre at the Benedum

The recent Disney smash feels like it's eighty years old rather than less than ten- but in this case, that's a good thing.

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