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Jon Rua

 
Bio:
Recently portraying Charles Lee & Featured Ensemble in Hamilton on Disney Plus, Jon Rua‚Äôs acting career crosses the stage & screen. With four Tony Nominated Broadway shows under his belt, originating roles such as ‚ÄúPatchy the Pirate‚ÄĚ in Spongebob Squarepants, ‚ÄúCharles Lee‚ÄĚ in the Tony & ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Recently portraying Charles Lee & Featured Ensemble in Hamilton on Disney Plus, Jon Rua‚Äôs acting career crosses the stage & screen. With four Tony Nominated Broadway shows under his belt, originating roles such as ‚ÄúPatchy the Pirate‚ÄĚ in Spongebob Squarepants, ‚ÄúCharles Lee‚ÄĚ in the Tony & ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [St. Louis, MO (Regional)]
Muny Production, 2018
Rooster
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2017
Ensemble
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2015
Ensemble
Hamilton (Understudy) [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
World Premiere Production, 2015
Ensemble
  [Off-Broadway]
Signature Theatre Company Production, 2014
Performer
  [Broadway]
La Jolla Playhouse Broadway Transfer, 2013
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Second Stage Theatre Production, 2010
Macedonio Guerra (Understudy)
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Summer Stars Revival, 2008
Ensemble
  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 2008
Graffiti Pete [Replacement]
Sonny [Replacement]
Performer (Swing) [Replacement]
Grafitti Pete (Understudy) [Replacement]
Usnavi (Understudy) [Replacement]
Sonny (Understudy) [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2007
Ensemble [Replacement]

Productions

 
[St. Louis, MO (Regional), 2017]
Choreographer

Actor Credits:



2022 The Hombres (Two River Theater) : Beto



2011 Somewhere (The Old Globe) : Alejandro



Choreographer Credits:



2022 The Hombres (Two River Theater)



2019 West Side Story (Milwaukee Repertory Theater)



2018 The Cher Show (Neil Simon Theater) :  Co-Choreographer "Believe"



2017 SpongeBob Squarepants (The Palace Theater): Co-Choreographer "When The Going Gets Tough"



2016 Aida (The Muny)



 



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 Victor Cruz and Jon Rua Photo

Victor Cruz and Jon Rua

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03/18/2022
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Gerardo Rodriguez, Victor Cruz and Jon Rua

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03/18/2022
Jennifer Simard, Holly Ann Butler, Jon Rua Photo

Jennifer Simard, Holly Ann Butler, Jon Rua

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07/19/2018
Jennifer Simard, Holly Ann Butler, Jon Rua Photo

Jennifer Simard, Holly Ann Butler, Jon Rua

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07/19/2018
Jennifer Simard, Holly Ann Butler, Jon Rua Photo

Jennifer Simard, Holly Ann Butler, Jon Rua

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07/19/2018

 

Stage

Performances
  [St. Louis, MO (Regional)]
Muny Production, 2018
Rooster

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2017
Ensemble

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2015
Ensemble

Hamilton (Understudy) [Replacement]

  [Off-Broadway]
World Premiere Production, 2015
Ensemble

  [Off-Broadway]
Signature Theatre Company Production, 2014
Performer

  [Broadway]
La Jolla Playhouse Broadway Transfer, 2013
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Second Stage Theatre Production, 2010
Macedonio Guerra (Understudy)

  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Summer Stars Revival, 2008
Ensemble

  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 2008
Graffiti Pete [Replacement]

Sonny [Replacement]

Performer (Swing) [Replacement]

Grafitti Pete (Understudy) [Replacement]

Usnavi (Understudy) [Replacement]

Sonny (Understudy) [Replacement]

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2007
Ensemble [Replacement]

Productions

Choreographer

Actor Credits:



2022 The Hombres (Two River Theater) : Beto



2011 Somewhere (The Old Globe) : Alejandro



Choreographer Credits:



2022 The Hombres (Two River Theater)



2019 West Side Story (Milwaukee Repertory Theater)



2018 The Cher Show (Neil Simon Theater) :  Co-Choreographer "Believe"



2017 SpongeBob Squarepants (The Palace Theater): Co-Choreographer "When The Going Gets Tough"



2016 Aida (The Muny)



 


Jon Rua Biography

Recently portraying Charles Lee & Featured Ensemble in Hamilton on Disney Plus, Jon Rua‚Äôs acting career crosses the stage & screen. With four Tony Nominated Broadway shows under his belt, originating roles such as ‚ÄúPatchy the Pirate‚ÄĚ in Spongebob Squarepants, ‚ÄúCharles Lee‚ÄĚ in the Tony & Grammy Award Winning hit musical Hamilton, where he also served as the ‚ÄúHamilton‚ÄĚ Standby, and ‚ÄėJesus Pena‚Äô in the docu-based musical Hands on a Hardbody. Other theater credits include ‚ÄúSonny‚ÄĚ & Graffiti Pete‚ÄĚ in Broadway‚Äôs In the Heights, ‚ÄúRooster‚ÄĚ in The Muny‚Äôs Annie; Matthew Lopez‚Äôs ‚ÄėSomewhere‚Äô at the Old Globe, nominated for a Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play; Kung Fu at the Signature Theater; Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at Second Stage Theater, and The Hombres at Two River Theater in 2022.

On the screen, Rua has guest starred on Blacklist, Blue Bloods, Law & Order, and in films such as Fall to Rise, First Reformed, and Isn’t It Romantic.

TEENAGE SOUL, a dance narrative written, choreographed, and performed by Jon Rua, has been commissioned by Milwaukee Rep and has begun its developmental process with the hopes of public performances as soon as 2023!

The Co-Creative Director/Choreographer of the sold out 2019 Madison Square Garden NYE PHISH concert, Jon continues to innovate movement on stage & screen. With such work as Coheed & Cambria (‚ÄúOld Flames‚ÄĚ), West Side Story at Milwaukee Rep, The Muny‚Äôs Aida & Jesus Christ Superstar, Isn‚Äôt It Romantic, Travelers Insurance, ABC's Celebrity Wife Swap, NBA, NYMF, Broadway Bares. In 2022, keep an eye out for The Hombres at Two River Theater.

Jon is the Co-Choreographer for individual production numbers in Broadway’s The Cher Show, SpongeBob Squarepants, SpongeBob Musical Live on Nick, and has been influential to Broadway’s Hamilton, Bring It On The Musical, Hands on a Hardbody, On Your Feet, & Flashdance. Jon has also danced for Mariah Carey, Phish, Don Omar, Soulja Boy, Target, Billboard, Puma, Reebok, IBM, and Panasonic.

Rua, originally hailing from New Jersey, graduated Rutgers University with a B.A. in Communication + Public Relations before heading to New York, where he now resides and creates.




Jon Rua News

THE 24 HOUR PLAYS: VIRAL MONOLOGUES Returns Tonight! Photo THE 24 HOUR PLAYS: VIRAL MONOLOGUES Returns Tonight!
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 13, 2022

The 24 Hour Plays welcome new and returning artists alike for Season Three, Episode Five of The 24 Hour Plays: VIral Monologues tonight.

Review: Pittsburgh CLO Slightly Reinvents GODSPELL at Benedum Center Photo Review: Pittsburgh CLO Slightly Reinvents GODSPELL at Benedum Center
by Greg Kerestan - Jul 19, 2022

Pittsburgh's greatest musical theatre creation comes home, in a production that's something old, something new. If you're going to talk about musicals in Pittsburgh, let alone musicals FROM Pittsburgh, the story is ultimately going to revolve around Godspell. Created by bookwriter John-Michael Tebelak as his master's thesis at CMU circa the early 1970s, the musical quickly headed to Off-Broadway, with a brief Broadway run and a historic Toronto production that formed that roots of the seventies sketch comedy scene. Soon, there was a movie, and after that point, the little Jesus-clown musical from Pittsburgh was a worldwide sensation. Pippin, which shares composer Stephen Schwartz, had a similar Pittsburgh-to-Broadway trajectory, but a show as niche and nihilistic as Pippin will never be able to compete with the mix of loose hippie vibes, vaudeville throwbacks and old-time religion that give Godspell its heart.

Idina Menzel, Beth Malone, Jose Llana, Mykal Kilgore & More to Star in THE BIG MIX at Photo Idina Menzel, Beth Malone, Jose Llana, Mykal Kilgore & More to Star in THE BIG MIX at Little Island
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 9, 2022

Little Island, New York City’s new public park in Hudson River Park by W. 13th Street, announced today the complete casting for The Big Mix, a three-week, three-holiday, one-of-a-kind performance party. Get the scoop on who's performing and how to attend!

Baayork Lee, Jon Rua, Josh Rhodes and More Join Pittsburgh CLO's Summer Musicals Photo Baayork Lee, Jon Rua, Josh Rhodes and More Join Pittsburgh CLO's Summer Musicals
by A.A. Cristi - May 20, 2022

Pittsburgh CLO has announced the creative teams for the 2022 Summer of Musicals at the Benedum Center. This talented and highly sought-after group of creative specialists will bring Broadway's best to life at the Benedum Center all summer long!

BWW Review: THE HOMBRES at Two River Theater Brings Dynamic Male Relationships to the Photo BWW Review: THE HOMBRES at Two River Theater Brings Dynamic Male Relationships to the Stage
by Marina Kennedy - Mar 22, 2022

A new play, The Hombres by Tony Meneses is now on stage at Two River Theater in Red Bank.  This view of emerging male friendships will be performed through April 10 in the Marion Huber Theater. 

Photos: First Look at THE HOMBRES at Two River Theater Photo Photos: First Look at THE HOMBRES at Two River Theater
by Stephi Wild - Mar 18, 2022

This new play by¬†Tony Meneses¬†(Two River‚Äôs¬†The Women of Padilla, Guadalupe in the Guest Room) is a fresh and nuanced look at the complexity and intimacy of male friendship. Set in New Jersey (‚Äúsomewhere off the NJ Transit line‚ÄĚ), the play follows Juli√°n, a gay Latino yoga teacher, as he clashes with the straight and macho Latino construction workers outside his studio‚ÄĒparticularly the older head of the crew, H√©ctor, who seeks from Juli√°n something he never expected.¬†Annie Tippe¬†(Lortel Award-winning¬†Octet)¬†to direct.

Cast & Crew Announced For Two River's World Premiere Of THE HOMBRES Photo Cast & Crew Announced For Two River's World Premiere Of THE HOMBRES
by Stephi Wild - Feb 14, 2022

Two River Theater announces the cast and creative team for its third world premiere written by playwright Tony Meneses, The Hombres, which will be directed by Annie Tippe in the theater's Marion Huber Theater this spring.

Choreographer Jon Rua Receives Award from STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS FOUNDATI Photo Choreographer Jon Rua Receives Award from STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS FOUNDATION
by Marissa Tomeo - Jan 23, 2022

The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF), the not-for profit foundation of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), has announced that the Breakout Award will be awarded to Jon Rua. The SDCF Awards, which will feature the presentation of the Breakout Award along with the previously announced Gordon Davidson Award and Zelda  Fichandler Award, will be hosted by Anne Kauffman virtually on Monday January 24, 2022 at 8pm ET. 

Broadway Community Reacts to Stephen Sondheim's Passing Photo Broadway Community Reacts to Stephen Sondheim's Passing
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 26, 2021

In the wake of Stephen Sondheim's passing, there has been an outpouring of grief from the Broadway community and beyond. Read them all here.

Wake Up With BWW 10/11: CHICKEN & BISCUITS Reviews, TINA and CAROLINE, OR CHANGE Begi Photo Wake Up With BWW 10/11: CHICKEN & BISCUITS Reviews, TINA and CAROLINE, OR CHANGE Begin, and More!
by Stephi Wild - Oct 11, 2021

Today's top stories: read the reviews for Chicken & Biscuits, plus check out our coverage for the first performances of Tina - The Tina Turner Musical and Caroline, Or Change!

Jon Rua Videos

VIDEO: Jon Rua Visits Backstage with Richard Ridge- Watch Now! VideoVIDEO: Jon Rua Visits Backstage with Richard Ridge- Watch Now!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Oct 10, 2021

Today Richard chats with Broadway favorite Jon Rua, who has kept hard at work over the past year and a half creating incredible dance content for the world to enjoy. You can check out his work on his Youtube channel, or watch his RUA POP UP series, his work with Phish at Madison Square Garden, and Coheed & Cambria's music video. 

VIDEO: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr. & Renée Elise Goldsberry Take Us 'Behind  VideoVIDEO: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr. & Renée Elise Goldsberry Take Us 'Behind the Scene' of HAMILTON
by Stage Tube - Feb 25, 2021

Actress¬†Ren√©e Elise Goldsberry, who plays Angelica Schuyler, and¬†Leslie Odom Jr., who¬†plays Aaron Burr, take the audience ‚ÄúBehind the Scene‚ÄĚ of this show about Alexander Hamilton‚Äôs rise from one of the Founding Fathers of the United States to his fatal duel with Aaron Burr.

VIDEO: Renee Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo and Jasmine Cephas Jones Talk HAMILTON on VideoVIDEO: Renee Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo and Jasmine Cephas Jones Talk HAMILTON on GMA
by Stage Tube - Jun 30, 2020

Renee Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo and Jasmine Cephas Jones, who originally played the Schuyler Sisters in the Broadway musical Hamilton, stop by Good Morning America on Tuesday to discuss the upcoming production on Disney+.

VIDEO: Watch the Second All New Trailer For HAMILTON on Disney+ VideoVIDEO: Watch the Second All New Trailer For HAMILTON on Disney+
by Stage Tube - Jun 28, 2020

The second trailer has dropped for the upcoming Hamilton film, coming to Disney+ on July 3!

VIDEO: Watch a Clip of 'The Room Where it Happens' From the HAMILTON Film VideoVIDEO: Watch a Clip of 'The Room Where it Happens' From the HAMILTON Film
by Stage Tube - Jun 27, 2020

Get a first look at Leslie Odom, Jr. and the cast of Hamilton performing 'The Room Where it Happens' from the upcoming filmed version of the show coming to Disney+ on July 3! 

VIDEO: Get A First Look At 'Alexander Hamilton' From The HAMILTON Film VideoVIDEO: Get A First Look At 'Alexander Hamilton' From The HAMILTON Film
by Alan Henry - Jun 24, 2020

BroadwayWorld has a first look at the opening song from the HAMILTON film. Check out the original Broadway cast in action below! The show was filmed live on stage with the original cast at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in 2016.

VIDEO: Original HAMILTON Cast Reunites to Sing 'Alexander Hamilton' on John Krasinski VideoVIDEO: Original HAMILTON Cast Reunites to Sing 'Alexander Hamilton' on John Krasinski's SOME GOOD NEWS
by Stage Tube - Apr 6, 2020

The entire original Broadway cast of Hamilton has reunited - virtually - for a performance of Alexander Hamilton on John Krasinski's YouTube series, Some Good News.

VIDEO: Christopher Jackson Talks the Upcoming HAMILTON Movie VideoVIDEO: Christopher Jackson Talks the Upcoming HAMILTON Movie
by Stage Tube - Feb 24, 2020

Christopher Jackson was a guest on the Monday, February 24 episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan to talk about his CBS series Bull. During the interview, hosts Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest brought up the recently announced Hamilton film.

#TBT: Looking Back At HAMILTON's Off-Broadway Opening In Honor Of Lin-Manuel Miranda' Video#TBT: Looking Back At HAMILTON's Off-Broadway Opening In Honor Of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Birthday
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 16, 2020

They'll tell the story of tonight becuase today, January 16, marks the birthday of legendary In the Heights and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. In honor of the ocassion, we're looking back at where the story of the ten-dollar founding father began: The Public Theater. Check out the video to see Lin alongside Leslie Odom Jr., Phillipa Soo, Renée Elise Goldsberry, and more celebrating the show's Off-Broadway opening night!

80 Gifs From THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL To Up Your Social Media Game Video80 Gifs From THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL To Up Your Social Media Game
by Alan Henry - Dec 9, 2019

This past Saturday was the best day ever because Nickelodeon aired The Spongebob Musical: Live on Stage, a filmed version of the Broadway musical, which reunited members of the original cast. Now that we've all had a sufficient amount of time to recover from the excitement of the big night, we're sure you have opinions to share on social media, and we've got all the best Bikini Bottom moments from Saturday night for you to upgrade your tweets! Check out all the gifs!


Jon Rua Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Jon Rua been in?
Jon Rua has appeared on Broadway in 4 shows.

How many West End shows has Jon Rua been in?
Jon Rua has not appeared in the West End