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Jonathan Freeman

 
Birth Place:
Bay Village, OH, USA
Bio:
Mary Poppins; The Little Mermaid; Beauty And The Beast; The Producers; 42nd Street; On The Town; How To Succeed…; She Loves Me (Tony Nomination); Platinum; Sherlock Holmes; Finian’s Rainbow (Irish Rep.); A Class Act (MTC); Lil’ Abner and Of Thee I Sing (City Center Encores); Sail Away and The ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: February 05, 1950 (72)

Birth Place: Bay Village, OH, USA

Bio:
Mary Poppins; The Little Mermaid; Beauty And The Beast; The Producers; 42nd Street; On The Town; How To Succeed…; She Loves Me (Tony Nomination); Platinum; Sherlock Holmes; Finian’s Rainbow (Irish Rep.); A Class Act (MTC); Lil’ Abner and Of Thee I Sing (City Center Encores); Sail Away and The ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [New York]
MasterVoices One Night Production, 2017
Uncle Barnaby
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2014
Jafar [Replacement]
Jafar
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2008
Grimsby
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2006
Bank Chairman [Replacement]
Admiral Boom [Replacement]
  [New York]
Reading, 2006
Urania
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 2006
Senator Robert E. Lyons
  [Off-Broadway]
2004
Finian McLonergan
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2001
Bert Barry
Bert Barry [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2001
Roger De Bris [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2000
Lehman
Lehman
  [Off-Broadway]
2000
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
New York Concert, 1999
Joe
  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer Production, 1998
Pitkin W. Bridgework
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 1998
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
1997
Pitkin W. Bridgework
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1995
Bert Bratt
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1994
Cogsworth [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1993
Headwaiter
  [Off-Broadway]
1989
Zoot Alors/Gut Bucket
  [Off-Broadway]
1987
Sam Krulike/Harvey Wheatcraft (Understudy)
  [Regional (US)]
Goodspeed Revival, 1983
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1978
Minky
Alan Fairmont
Schultz (Understudy)
  [Broadway]
1974
"Lightfoot" McTague [Replacement]
Jim Craigin (Understudy) [Replacement]

Photos

Dennis Stowe, Jonathan Freeman Photo

Dennis Stowe, Jonathan Freeman

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Date:
01/23/2022
Dennis Stowe, Jonathan Freeman Photo

Dennis Stowe, Jonathan Freeman

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Date:
01/23/2022
Dennis Stowe, Jonathan Freeman Photo

Dennis Stowe, Jonathan Freeman

From: 
Date:
01/23/2022
Dennis Stowe, Jonathan Freeman Photo

Dennis Stowe, Jonathan Freeman

From: 
Date:
01/23/2022
Dennis Stowe, Jonathan Freeman Photo

Dennis Stowe, Jonathan Freeman

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Date:
01/23/2022

 

Stage

Performances
  [New York]
MasterVoices One Night Production, 2017
Uncle Barnaby

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2014
Jafar [Replacement]

Jafar

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2008
Grimsby

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2006
Bank Chairman [Replacement]

Admiral Boom [Replacement]

  [New York]
Reading, 2006
Urania

  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 2006
Senator Robert E. Lyons

  [Off-Broadway]
2004
Finian McLonergan

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2001
Bert Barry

Bert Barry [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2001
Roger De Bris [Replacement]

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2000
Lehman

Lehman

  [Off-Broadway]
2000
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
New York Concert, 1999
Joe

  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer Production, 1998
Pitkin W. Bridgework

  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 1998
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
1997
Pitkin W. Bridgework

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1995
Bert Bratt

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1994
Cogsworth [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1993
Headwaiter

  [Off-Broadway]
1989
Zoot Alors/Gut Bucket

  [Off-Broadway]
1987
Sam Krulike/Harvey Wheatcraft (Understudy)

  [Regional (US)]
Goodspeed Revival, 1983
Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1978
Minky

Alan Fairmont

Schultz (Understudy)

  [Broadway]
1974
"Lightfoot" McTague [Replacement]

Jim Craigin (Understudy) [Replacement]

Jonathan Freeman Biography

Mary Poppins; The Little Mermaid; Beauty And The Beast; The Producers; 42nd Street; On The Town; How To Succeed…; She Loves Me (Tony Nomination); Platinum; Sherlock Holmes; Finian’s Rainbow (Irish Rep.); A Class Act (MTC); Lil’ Abner and Of Thee I Sing (City Center Encores); Sail Away and The Mikado (Carnegie Hall). TV/film: Elementary, Too Big To Fail, "Law And Order," "Gossip Girl," "Shining Time Station," "Remember Wenn," The Ice Storm, Life Animated. Jonathan is the voice of Jafar in Disney’s animated feature Aladdin.

Jonathan Freeman Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 1994 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Jonathan Freeman , She Loves Me

Jonathan Freeman News

Give Kids The World Village's DIS Con 2022 to Feature 50+ Iconic Disney Personalities Photo Give Kids The World Village's DIS Con 2022 to Feature 50+ Iconic Disney Personalities
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 24, 2022

¬†An Aladdin 30th¬†Anniversary Reunion will headline DIS Con 2022, a one-of-a-kind expo celebrating all facets of the wonderful world of Disney ‚Äď from Disney, Marvel and Pixar animation to film, television, theme parks, music and memorabilia.

Wake Up With BWW 1/25: Jonathan Freeman's Final ALADDIN Performance, Tony Voter Bias  Photo Wake Up With BWW 1/25: Jonathan Freeman's Final ALADDIN Performance, Tony Voter Bias Training, and More!
by - Jan 25, 2022

Today's top stories include the final performance of original Aladdin cast member Jonathan Freeman, who performed his last show as Jafar on January 23. Check out photos and video from his final performance here! Plus, BroadwayWorld has learned that Tony voters will be required to complete unconscious bias training beginning this season.

VIDEO: Watch ALADDIN's Jonathan Freeman Give Emotional Curtain Call Speech Photo VIDEO: Watch ALADDIN's Jonathan Freeman Give Emotional Curtain Call Speech
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 24, 2022

Tony Award¬ģ nominee and original Broadway cast member Jonathan Freeman played his final performance as Jafar in Disney's hit musical Aladdin just yesterday, January 23, 2022. Fellow original Broadway cast member Dennis Stowe will assume the role beginning Tuesday, January 25. Watch his emotional final curtain call.

Photos: Jonathan Freeman Takes Final Bows In ALADDIN Photo Photos: Jonathan Freeman Takes Final Bows In ALADDIN
by Jennifer Broski - Jan 24, 2022

Tony Award nominee and original Broadway cast member Jonathan Freeman played his final performance as Jafar in Disney’s hit musical Aladdin on Sunday, January 23, 2022. Fellow original Broadway cast member Dennis Stowe will assume the role beginning Tuesday, January 25.  

Wake Up With BWW 1/14: ANYTHING GOES With Sutton Foster Comes to US Cinemas, and More Photo Wake Up With BWW 1/14: ANYTHING GOES With Sutton Foster Comes to US Cinemas, and More!
by - Jan 14, 2022

Today's top stories include Anything Goes, starring Sutton Foster, coming to US cinemas! The filmed London production will stream in theaters across America for two days only this March! Plus, original Broadway cast member Jonathan Freeman will play his final performance as Jafar in Aladdin on Sunday, January 23, 2022.

Dennis Stowe Will Play Jafar in ALADDIN From January 25 Photo Dennis Stowe Will Play Jafar in ALADDIN From January 25
by Stephi Wild - Jan 13, 2022

Tony Award¬ģ nominee and original Broadway cast member Jonathan Freeman will play his final performance as Jafar in Disney‚Äôs hit musical Aladdin on Sunday, January 23, 2022. Current Jafar/Sultan standby and fellow original Broadway cast member Dennis Stowe will assume the role beginning Tuesday, January 25.¬†

RCM Participating In The Sir Elton John Global Exchange Programme Photo RCM Participating In The Sir Elton John Global Exchange Programme
by Stephi Wild - Dec 10, 2021

The Royal Conservatory's Glenn Gould School is among the 12 leading music education institutions in the world invited to participate in the new Sir Elton John Global Exchange Programme, launched today by the Royal Academy of Music and endorsed by Sir Elton John.

VIDEO: Watch the Cast of ALADDIN Perform on GOOD MORNING AMERICA Photo VIDEO: Watch the Cast of ALADDIN Perform on GOOD MORNING AMERICA
by Michael Major - Nov 24, 2021

This morning, Good Morning America shared the first-ever televised broadcast of the magic carpet flight during 'A Whole New World' in Aladdin, featuring new cast members Michael Maliakel as Aladdin and Shoba Narayan as Jasmine. They were then joined by Michael James Scott as the Genie, who led the cast into Times Square to perform 'Friend Like Me'.

ALADDIN Cancels Additional Broadway Performances Through October 10th Due to Addition Photo ALADDIN Cancels Additional Broadway Performances Through October 10th Due to Additional Covid-19 Cases
by Robert Diamond - Oct 1, 2021

BroadwayWorld has just learned that Aladdin has canceled performances for Friday, October 1st through Sunday, October 10th. Their next planned performance is Tuesday, October 12th at 7pm.

ALADDIN Will Resume Broadway Performances Tonight with COVID Protocols in Place Photo ALADDIN Will Resume Broadway Performances Tonight with COVID Protocols in Place
by Nicole Rosky - Sep 30, 2021

BroadwayWorld has just learned that Aladdin will resume performances tonight, Thursday, September 30th at 7pm at The New Amsterdam Theatre.  

Jonathan Freeman Videos

VIDEO: Watch ALADDIN's Jonathan Freeman Give Emotional Curtain Call Speech VideoVIDEO: Watch ALADDIN's Jonathan Freeman Give Emotional Curtain Call Speech
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 24, 2022

Tony Award¬ģ nominee and original Broadway cast member Jonathan Freeman played his final performance as Jafar in Disney's hit musical Aladdin just yesterday, January 23, 2022. Fellow original Broadway cast member Dennis Stowe will assume the role beginning Tuesday, January 25. Watch his emotional final curtain call.

VIDEO: Watch the Cast of ALADDIN Perform on GOOD MORNING AMERICA VideoVIDEO: Watch the Cast of ALADDIN Perform on GOOD MORNING AMERICA
by Michael Major - Nov 24, 2021

This morning, Good Morning America shared the first-ever televised broadcast of the magic carpet flight during 'A Whole New World' in Aladdin, featuring new cast members Michael Maliakel as Aladdin and Shoba Narayan as Jasmine. They were then joined by Michael James Scott as the Genie, who led the cast into Times Square to perform 'Friend Like Me'.

VIDEO: Go Inside ALADDIN's Magical Re-Opening Night! VideoVIDEO: Go Inside ALADDIN's Magical Re-Opening Night!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 29, 2021

The New Amsterdam Theatre was shining, shimmering, splendid once again last night as Disney's smash hit musical comedy Aladdin returned to Broadway, following the unprecedented 18-month shutdown of the theater industry.

VIDEO: What's the Best Disney Song to Describe Quarantine? The Stars of THE LION KING VideoVIDEO: What's the Best Disney Song to Describe Quarantine? The Stars of THE LION KING and ALADDIN Answer!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 14, 2021

We asked the stars of Disney on Broadway's The Lion King and Aladdin which Disney song best describes their quarantine experience. Check out their responses!

VIDEO: ALADDIN Cast Reunites for First Day Back in Rehearsals VideoVIDEO: ALADDIN Cast Reunites for First Day Back in Rehearsals
by Stage Tube - Sep 1, 2021

The Broadway cast of Aladdin began rehearsals this week for the company’s reopening later this month. As previously announced, Aladdin will resume performances on Tuesday, September 28 at the New Amsterdam Theatre.

VIDEO: Disney on Broadway Stars Align Onstage at the New Amsterdam Theatre VideoVIDEO: Disney on Broadway Stars Align Onstage at the New Amsterdam Theatre
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 22, 2021

Broadway has been dark for well over a year, but the circle of life will go on! The Lion King and Aladdin will return to Broadway this fall and both companies will welcome back nearly all of the cast members who were performing when Broadway shut down last March, along with exciting fresh faces, including new actors in the starring roles of Simba in The Lion King and Aladdin and Jasmine in Aladdin.

Broadway Rewind: ALADDIN Creates a Whole New World on Broadway VideoBroadway Rewind: ALADDIN Creates a Whole New World on Broadway
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 5, 2020

Today we rewind to 2014, when Aladdin was getting ready for Broadway. Aladdin opened on March 20 at the New Amsterdam Theatre, where it has played 2506 performances (as of March 15).

VIDEO: Watch the Original Voice of Jafar, Jonathan Freeman, Receive a Surprise Serena VideoVIDEO: Watch the Original Voice of Jafar, Jonathan Freeman, Receive a Surprise Serenade From ALADDIN Cast Members
by Stage Tube - Feb 5, 2020

Watch the original voice of Jafar and Jafar on Broadway actor Jonathan Freeman receive a surprise serenade from his fellow cast and audience members for his 70th Birthday. See video below!

VIDEO: James Monroe Iglehart and 4 More Genies Stop The Show At ALADDIN's 5th Broadwa VideoVIDEO: James Monroe Iglehart and 4 More Genies Stop The Show At ALADDIN's 5th Broadway Anniversary
by Alan Henry - Mar 31, 2019

To celebrate the 5th anniversary of Aladdin on Broadway, 5 current and former Genies stopped the show following today's matinee with a medley of Aladdin hits at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The 5 Genies were Tony Award winner James Monroe Iglehart, current star Michael James Scott, tour Genie Major Attaway, and current Broadway Genie standbys Juwan Crawley and Deonte L. Warren.

VIDEO: On This Day, March 20- Are You Gonna Love This Guy! ALADDIN Opens On Broadway VideoVIDEO: On This Day, March 20- Are You Gonna Love This Guy! ALADDIN Opens On Broadway
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 20, 2019

On this day in 2014, Disney's Aladdin, a new musical comedy based on the Academy Award-winning animated film, opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre.


Jonathan Freeman Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Jonathan Freeman been in?
Jonathan Freeman has appeared on Broadway in 11 shows.

How many West End shows has Jonathan Freeman been in?
Jonathan Freeman has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Jonathan Freeman been nominated for?
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for She Loves Me .