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Birth Place:
Chicago, IL
Bio:
James Earl Jones II has performed with Porchlight Music Theatre in the Jeff-Award winning productions of The Scottsboro Boys and Sondheim on Sondheim. For Sondheim on Sondheim he was personally nominated for the Jeff Award. Also at Porchlight he hosted New Faces Sing Broadway 1949. His other Chicago ... (read complete bio)
 

Birth Place: Chicago, IL

Bio:
James Earl Jones II has performed with Porchlight Music Theatre in the Jeff-Award winning productions of The Scottsboro Boys and Sondheim on Sondheim. For Sondheim on Sondheim he was personally nominated for the Jeff Award. Also at Porchlight he hosted New Faces Sing Broadway 1949. His other Chicago ... (read complete bio)
First Folio Theatre to Stream CYMBELINE: A Folk Tale With Music June 3-14 Photo First Folio Theatre to Stream CYMBELINE: A Folk Tale With Music June 3-14
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2020

 As a way to help address the absence of live theater performances, First Folio Theatre will offer a streaming video recording of the award-winning Cymbeline: A Folk Tale with Music, directed by Michael Goldberg. Adapted from Shakespeare's romance by David Rice with original music and lyrics by Michael Keefe and David Rice, this production was recorded live during a 2013 performance on First Folio's outdoor stage. The show will be streaming on the Vimeo video service June 3 a?" 14. With an original bluegrass/gospel score played by the cast members themselves, Cymbeline is just the tonic folks need in these difficult times.

Jessie Mueller, Sean Allan Krill, David Cromer and More to Take Part in Porchlight's  Photo Jessie Mueller, Sean Allan Krill, David Cromer and More to Take Part in Porchlight's SONDHEIM @ 90 ROUNDTABLE
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2020

Porchlight Music Theatre's 25th Anniversary season continues with its new free virtual series 'Sondheim @ 90 Roundtable' with host Michael Weber, on Porchlight's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/PorchlightMusicTheatre.

Porchlight Music Theatre Launches New Free Virtual Series Celebrating Stephen Sondhei Photo Porchlight Music Theatre Launches New Free Virtual Series Celebrating Stephen Sondheim
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2020

Porchlight Music Theatre's 25th Anniversary season continues with a new free virtual series a?oeSondheim @ 90 Roundtablea?? with host Michael Weber, debuting Saturday, April 25 at 7 p.m. CST on Porchlight's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/PorchlightMusicTheatre.

CHICAGO OFFSTAGE! Live Virtual Benefit Concert to Air 4/19 Photo CHICAGO OFFSTAGE! Live Virtual Benefit Concert to Air 4/19
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2020

Join WGN-TV's a?oeAround Towna?? correspondent Ana Belaval and a star-studded line-up of more than 20 top Chicago stage performers for Chicago Offstage! Live at Home, a virtual streaming event debuting live on Season of Concern's new YouTube channel (https://tinyurl.com/soctube) on Sunday, April 19, at 6 p.m. CST.

BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY Simply Shines at Texas Performing Arts Photo BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY Simply Shines at Texas Performing Arts
by Joni Lorraine - Feb 19, 2020

Gift yourself with the Tony nominated COME FROM AWAY.  It's simply marvelous.

BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY Tour Brings Heartfelt Hope And Humor To OKC Broadway Photo BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY Tour Brings Heartfelt Hope And Humor To OKC Broadway
by Ronn Burton - Feb 8, 2020

COME FROM AWAY a?oeshouldn'ta?? work. I didn't walk away humming many of the melodies, there are very few solos songs to speak of a?? and yet, I am forever changed by the story of the kindness of the strangers from Gander, Newfoundland, Canada. COME FROM AWAY is the a?oelittle musical that coulda?? a?? it restores a small piece of your heart and your faith in humanity. Don't miss it.

The National Tour of COME FROM AWAY is Coming to Popejoy Hall Photo The National Tour of COME FROM AWAY is Coming to Popejoy Hall
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2020

Albuquerque has announced the national tour of COME FROM AWAY, a Broadway musical about the true story of the small town that welcomed the world, will make its Albuquerque debut in Popejoy Hall for a limited engagement June 9-14, 2020. COME FROM AWAY tickets are on sale now! To purchase tickets, visit popejoypresents.com, call 505-925-5858 or visit UNM Ticketing Services located at the UNM Bookstore or visit the new location on south campus at 800 Bradbury Drive SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106. For groups of ten or more inquire at groups@popejoypresents.com.

BWW Interview: James Earl Jones II of COME FROM AWAY National Tour Photo BWW Interview: James Earl Jones II of COME FROM AWAY National Tour
by Jeffrey Kare - Jan 13, 2020

Coming to the Durham Performing Arts Center from January 14th-19th is the national tour of Come From Away. I recently had the great pleasure of interviewing actor James Earl Jones II, who is currently in the production playing Bob & others.

BWW Review:  COME FROM AWAY Makes Triumphant Return to DC at Kennedy Center Photo BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY Makes Triumphant Return to DC at Kennedy Center
by Jennifer Perry - Dec 15, 2019

All told, Come From Away, provides a powerfully inviting experience and is perfect for this holiday season. It preaches hope and love in a way that can be appreciated by everyone.

COME FROM AWAY Will Make its Dallas Debut at the Music Hall at Fair Park Photo COME FROM AWAY Will Make its Dallas Debut at the Music Hall at Fair Park
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2019

Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM) and Broadway Across America (BAA) have announced the national tour of Come From Away, a Broadway musical about the true story of the small town that welcomed the world, will make its Dallas debut at the Music Hall at Fair Park for a limited engagement March 10-22, 2020. Come From Away tickets are on sale now!

RBTL And COME FROM AWAY Celebrate Acts Of Kindness During Rochester Engagement Photo RBTL And COME FROM AWAY Celebrate Acts Of Kindness During Rochester Engagement
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2019

COME FROM AWAY opened at RBTL's Auditorium Theatre on Tuesday, November 19th. During the shows run in Rochester, November 19-24, COME FROM AWAY and RBTL celebrated multiple small acts of kindness. Following suit with the themes of COME FROM AWAY and the kindness shown by those in Gander Newfoundland on 9/11 and the days that followed, RBTL and COME FROM AWAY are pleased to announce that a portion of proceeds from the Wednesday evening, 11/20 performance of COME FROM AWAY were donated to the Rochester Firefighters' Benevolent Association (RFBA). Cast members Kevin Carolan and James Earl Jones II presented the donation to Devon Monin, who is not only the Secretary for the Rochester Firefighters' Benevolent Association, but a firefighter as well. Prior to Wednesday evening's performance, there was a special recognition to those first responders in the audience. The RFBA was created back in the early 1800s and many generations of Rochester Fire Department personnel have kept the association going through the decades that have passed since then. To learn more, please visit http://www.rfba.us.

Tickets Are Now On Sale For COME FROM AWAY in Indianapolis Photo Tickets Are Now On Sale For COME FROM AWAY in Indianapolis
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2019

The national tour of COME FROM AWAY, a Broadway musical about the true story of the small town that welcomed the world, will make its Indianapolis debut at Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler Arts Center for a limited engagement January 21-26. COME FROM AWAY tickets are on sale now at the Butler Arts Center box office, online at ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 1-800-982-2787. Groups of 10 or more can book now by calling 317-632-7469 x103.

Photo Flash: Porchlight Kicks Off Season With CHICAGO SINGS Photo Photo Flash: Porchlight Kicks Off Season With CHICAGO SINGS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2019

Porchlight Music Theatre's 25th anniversary season began with the 14th Annual Chicago Sings concert: Chicago Sings 25 Years of Porchlight, Monday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m., at The Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave, directed by Christopher Pazdernik and Artistic Director Michael Weber with music direction by David Fiorello and a band featuring Kelsey Boltz, Cara Hartz, John McCreary, Greg Strauss, Celeste Park and Jake Saleh.

VIDEO: Watch COME FROM AWAY's Becky Gulsvig Eat Chicago Deep Dish Pizza And More! Photo VIDEO: Watch COME FROM AWAY's Becky Gulsvig Eat Chicago Deep Dish Pizza And More!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2019

Direct from the Come From Away National Tour, Becky Gulsvig gets In Too Deep with T.J. Pieffer as they contemplate accents, Peter Pan, and Giordano's Deep Dish Pizza.

Photo Flash: COME FROM AWAY First National Tour Performs at Benefit For The Gander Le Photo Photo Flash: COME FROM AWAY First National Tour Performs at Benefit For The Gander Legion
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2019

On Monday evening, July 22, members of the first National/North American tour of the Broadway hit musical COME FROM AWAY performed a special cabaret to benefit the Gander Legion in Gander, Newfoundland.

Porchlight Music Theatre Begins 25th Season With CHICAGO SINGS Photo Porchlight Music Theatre Begins 25th Season With CHICAGO SINGS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 4, 2019

Porchlight Music Theatre is proud to announce the 14th Annual Chicago Sings concert: Chicago Sings 25 Years of Porchlight, Monday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m., at The Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave, directed by Christopher Pazdernik and Artistic Director Michael Weber with music direction by David Fiorello. Reception begins at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour and light appetizers. Performances, awards ceremony and paddle raising begins at 7 p.m. in the Edlis Neeson Theatre. Tickets are on sale for $125 at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org or by calling 773.777.9884. Tickets at the door will be $150. The event has reserved seating and supports Porchlight Music Theatre's educational and artistic programming.

COME FROM AWAY Presents One Night Only Cabaret In Cleveland To Benefit The Gander Leg Photo COME FROM AWAY Presents One Night Only Cabaret In Cleveland To Benefit The Gander Legion
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2019

On Monday evening, July 22, members of the first NationalNorth American tour of the Broadway hit musical COME FROM AWAY will bring a special cabaret to Cleveland to benefit the Gander Legion in Gander, Newfoundland.

BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY at Adrienne Arsht Center For The Performing Arts Photo BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY at Adrienne Arsht Center For The Performing Arts
by David McKibbin - Jun 19, 2019

'On the northeast tip of North America, on an island called Newfoundland, there's an airport. It used to be one of the biggest airports in the world. And next to it is a town, called Gander.' These first lines of dialogue set the tone for a musical about community and acceptance in the face of adversity. That musical, Come From Away, just opened in Miami at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts as a leg of its first North American tour.

BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY at Dr. Phillips Center Shows Us the Best of Humanity in th Photo BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY at Dr. Phillips Center Shows Us the Best of Humanity in the Worst of Times
by Aaron Wallace - Jun 12, 2019

That the odds are against it underscores just what a tremendous achievement COME FROM AWAY represents. Almost two decades later, this still isn't easy ground to tread - not for creators and certainly not for audiences. But COME FROM AWAY rings true. It is reverent but not funereal, stirring but not saccharine. It works, perhaps, because it looks at 9/11 from a distance - not from the streets of Manhattan but the distant shores of Canada instead. And it purposely eschews the maudlin. There is no emotional browbeating in this show... It speaks to a part of us that we sometimes forget we have - the part that, we hope, will rise to the occasion and respond to tragedy with compassion and care...

BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY Captivates Edmonton Photo BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY Captivates Edmonton
by Sarah Dussome - Mar 14, 2019

On September 11, 2001, approximately 7,000 airline passengers were stranded in the sleepy Maritime town of Gander, Newfoundland. In a tremendous display of warmth and compassion, the townspeople opened their homes to the frightened newcomers, welcoming them like cherished friends. Their story is beautifully told in Come From Away, a beloved Broadway musical.

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