About Jason

About Jason

Jason_Graae-3The New York Times recently said, "Nowadays, probably no other performer could infuse (that song) with the manic mischief that Jason Graae, a frisky clown with a real tenor, pumped into it..."

Jason Graae has starred on Broadway in "A Grand Night For Singing", "Falsettos", "Stardust", "Snoopy!", "Do Black Patent Leather Shows Really Reflect Up?". Off- Broadway shows include "Forever Plaid", "Olympus on My Mind", "All in the Timing", "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh" (Drama Desk Nomination- Best Actor in a Musical) and many more. Jason is currently playing the Wonderful Wizard of Oz across America in the National Tour of "Wicked."

Jason made his Metropolitan Opera House debut as the male vocalist in Twyla Tharp's "Everlast" with American Ballet Theatre.  Jason has performed his one man show all over the country from Rainbow and Stars and Birdland in NYC to Feinstein's and the Plush Room in L.A. and San Francisco, winning 4 Bistro Awards and a N.Y Nightlife Award, also making  TimeOut NY's Top Cabaret shows of the year. His critically acclaimed show with Faith Prince, "The Prince and the Showboy" played at 54 Below and the pair won a 2nd Nightlife Award for Best Duo.

get-attachment-14In Los Angeles, Jason won the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award - the Joel Hirschorn Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre. Jason originated the role of "Houdini" in the L.A. production of "Ragtime" at the Shubert Theatre and won an Ovation Award for "Forbidden Broadway Y2KLA!". At the Hollywood Bowl, he played Benny Southstreet in "Guys and Dolls'" and Marcellus in "The Music Man". With the 42nd Street Moon Theatre Co. in San Francisco, he played the 7 Sid Caesar roles in "Little Me" and most recently played Scrooge in the world premiere of "Scrooge in Love", winning the Theatre Bay Area Award for Best Actor in a Musical.

On television, Jason has appeared on many shows including "Six Feet Under", "Rude Awakening", "Friends", "Frasier", "Sabrina the Teenage Witch", "Living Single", "Caroline in the City", "Providence", etc. On PBS, he was a guest soloist twice with the Boston Pops and once with Marvin Hamlisch and the National Symphony on "Holiday for the Troops at The Kennedy Center" and in "Words and Music by Jerry Herman".

Movie appearances include the title role in "Sunshine Barry and the Disco Worms" (2008 Toronto and London Film Festivals), Disney's "Home on the Range", "On Edge", "Gepetto", "The Dukes of Hazzard in Hollywood", and "Awakening of Spring" . He has been heard on many cartoons and for 5 and 1/2 years he was the voice of "Lucky, the Leprechaun" for Lucky Charms Cereal, a balanced part of your complete breakfast.

He made his Los Angeles Opera debut as "Njegus" in "The Merry Widow", repeating the role with Dallas , New Orleans, Houston Grand Opera, and Michigan Opera Theatre (Oscar Wilde Award nomination). Also with L.A. Opera he was featured as "Offenbach" in "The Grand Duchess" , directed by Garry Marshall. He has played "Frosch" in "Die Fledermaus" with the Washington National and San Francisco Operas, the Manhattan School of Music, and most recently with Houston Grand Opera.

Jason has recorded over 45 CDs, including original cast albums, concerts, compilations, and his 3 solo CDs, "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile - Jason Graae Sings Charles Strouse", and "Jason Graae LIVE at The Cinegrill" (Fynsworth Alley), and "Perfect Hermany-the songs of Jerry Herman."

DISCOGRAPHY

Solo CDs

"Perfect Hermany: Jason Graae Sings Jerry Herman"
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"You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile: Jason Graae Sings Charles Strouse" (Varese Sarabande)
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"Jason Graae: LIVE At The Cinegrill" (Fynsworth Alley)
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Original Cast Recordings

"Forever Plaid" (BMG)
"Rodgers And Hammerstein's A Grand Night For Singing" (Varese Sarabande)
"Forbidden Hollywood" (Varese Sarabande)
"Forbidden Broadway: 20th Anniversary Edition" (DRG)
"Olympus On My Mind" (TER)
"LoveSong" (DRG)
"The Broadway Musicals Of 1943" (Bayview)

Concert And Studio Cast Albums

"Have A Heart"
"Leave It To Jane" (Label: TBA)
Sweet Lil Devil- PS classics
Late Night Comic- benefitting the actors fund
"Babes in Arms" (New World Records)
"Sitting Pretty" (New World Records)
"Fifty Million Frenchmen" (New World Records)
"Annie Get Your Gun" (EMI Classics)
"Strike Up The Band" (Elektra Nonesuch)
"Drat The Cat!" (Fynsworth Alley)
"Lucky Stiff" (Fynsworth Alley)
"Colette Collage" (Fynsworth Alley)
"Cinderella" (Fynsworth Alley) Compilation CDs
"Lost In Boston: 3 & 4" (Fynsworth Alley)
"Unsung Musicals: 1 - 4" (Fynsworth)
"Unsung Sondheim" (Fynsworth)
"Unsung Berlin" (Fynsworth)
"Broadway Sings Burt Bacharach" (Fynsworth)
"Broadway Sings Paul Simon" (Fynsworth)
"A Broadway Christmas" (Fynsworth)
"Prime Time Musicals" (Fynsworth)
"Broadway Bound" (Fynsworth)
"Sing For Your Supper" (Shadowland Music)
"Keep Your Undershirt On" (Shadowland Music)
"Everyone Has A Story -- The Songs Of Adryan Russ" (LML)
Cautiously Optimistic- Scott Evan Davis

Upcoming With The London Sinfonietta (Recorded, But Not Released)

Roberta (New World Records)
And the World Goes Round (Kritzerland)