Join him as he sits down with triple threat actor James Earl Jones II (yes, related to THAT James Earl Jones). For years he refused to speak more than a few words at a time, e… James Earl Jones II is an actor, known for Breaking In (2018), Chicago Fire (2012) and The Poker House (2008). In conclusion, what advice would you like to give to any aspiring young performers out there?JEJ: I would say these few things. Come From Away is the heartwarming true story of the residents of Gander, Newfoundland who took in over 7,000 passengers when their flights were diverted during 9/11. Chicago actors Harter Clingman and James Earl Jones II star in the national tour of "Come From Away," about airline passengers re-routed to Newfoundland on Sept. 11, 2001. Aaron Michael Ray Standby. I think that anyone who sees me on stage is never caught up in my height. But when we are playing people from Gander, you're generally playing amalgamation of those characters. What is he like to work with?JEJ: Christopher Ashley is amazing because he gets to the bare bones of the story. However, his father’s departure from the family brought him into the entertainment industry. James Earl Jones II is credited as Performer. After I graduated, I actually wasn't pursuing singing at all. Have the two of you ever actually met?JEJ: Yes, we've met. We are doing shows now where there are people who are performing in wheelchairs and people who are performing who have various physical disabilities and yet they are given the opportunity to perform. !Good health and long life to one and all. We can contact them and talk to them when ever we like. Telling this story from city to city is such a cyclical emotional ride because we tell this amazing story and you feel the audience's energy and then their energy in turn makes you feel better. To those wondering, yes, he is related to the legendary actor, James Earl Jones, as they are both distant cousins. 2012 … We don't even know what we're going to do but we want to do with you," that would be awesome. Join / Sign Up Keep track of your favorite shows and movies, across all your devices. Happy 90th Birthday James Earl Jones! Cash & credit cards are accepted. I know it sounds like a moment from Finding Nemo, but that is what she really have to do is you have to just keep going. People will say not today. On opening night at the Orpheum COME FROM AWAY received the loudest, most exuberant cheers I have ever heard. It will be playing at the Durham Performing Arts Center from January 14th-19th. The actor celebrated this with a piece of […] And no, they've never worked together. Coming to the Durham Performing Arts Center from January 14th-19th is the national tour of Come From Away. Amelia Cormack Standby. He has been described as "one of America's most distinguished and versatile" actors for his performances in film, theater and television, and "one of the greatest actors in American history". I wanted to be a doctor, that was my plan. I have done a production of Ragtime, but would like to play the role of Coalhouse Walker, Jr. Though he comes to understand and appreciate the thought of paying it forward, being kinder, being open, and he takes that message back with him to Jersey. My only questions were "How do you change clothes so quickly?" Some of them happen in very quick moments, but I can't tell you all of the characters because I don't want to ruin the surprise. I have no theatrical training. It is what some might call beautiful chaos. Trending Now. The 2017 Tony Award® Nominee for Best Musical, 'Come From Away' was playing in San Francisco at SHN Golden Gate Theatre. Other than that, I would say if there was a show that said that "James, we want to create a show around you. I had sung with my concert choir in high school and decided that I would go to school to sing opera. Sunday Morning- James Earl Jones II ( Lyrics In Description ) - Duration: 2:39. Everything about James Earl Jones’s upbringing can be called varied. Trending Now. James Earl Jones II Picture Gallery on BroadwayWorld.com with James Earl Jones II Photos from stage, special events, red carpets and more. 1 year ago. Jenny Ashman Standby. Performances of Come From Away on Broadway have been suspended through May 30, 2021. Kilty Reidy Standby. 425 Likes, 1 Comments - TheaterMania (@theatermania) on Instagram: “James Earl Jones II as Speedy Valenti with Eileen. He's done a couple of production in Chicago back when I was much younger. (33:19) Jones discusses the Broadway musical ‘Come from Away’ and showcases a tune . I was about to ask if you could ever see yourself playing that role in following the footsteps of your third cousin.JEJ: Yeah. So I live in Chicago, my agent said we have this show. If this is something that you truly want to do, this is something you are truly passionate about. I had just opened a regional production of Memphis on April 25th, the night before I flew out for my audition for Come From Away. I think that business is filled with a great deal of self-deprecation and people who don't believe in himself and don't give himself enough credit, be kind to your folks know that only are you enough, but that you are more than enough. So I sent them a tape and the second week of April, I flew out to audition that following Thursday to New York, April 26th. Keep going. I guess would you mind telling us about getting involved?JEJ: Sure. I didn't really know what I was doing. There's the Broadway cast, the tour, Toronto, the UK, and Australia. James Earl „Todd“ Jones (* 17.Januar 1931 in Arkabutla, Tate County, Mississippi) ist ein US-amerikanischer Schauspieler.Bekannt ist er vor allem im englischsprachigen Raum insbesondere durch seine kräftige Stimme, mit der er auch Darth Vader synchronisiert. However, my story is that I actually changed my major and decided to go to school for opera at the last minute after already getting accepted to Emory University for pre-med. People will try to judge you because of your look or your height or your weight, but know that not only at you enough, but keep going. I play seven characters only, but many of them are blitz. It was a world premiere, I was the first person to do the role. James Earl Jones II has performed with Porchlight Music Theatre in the Jeff-Award winning productions of The Scottsboro Boys and Sondheim on Sondheim. He's getting ready to do Diana, which is another biographical musical connected to a famous tragedy as it's about Princess Diana. I just was coming to see plays that James happened to be in. BroadwayWorld.com. We have five different companies. So I told myself that the very next year, I didn't really know how I would make it work. Band 's original 1977 lineup. Just a wild, amazing ride. As Red Dawn marks its 35th anniversary, it looms large in the pantheon of Reagan-era action flicks.... 3 results. I wasn't really sure what to do, but one of my aunts said, "Well, why don't you go to school for singing?" It was very interesting that I happened to be auditioning for them. Alle Infos zu James Earl Jones II, bekannt aus The Poker House - Nach einer wahren Geschichte: Then, Dean sits down with Dwayne Johnson to … So I would very much like to play the role of Mufassa. I would say be kind to yourself. They actually came on with us for a big opening night bow and we spent four days with them prior to opening when we were previewing the show and they all come to various cities all the time. Directed by Craig Brewer. James Earl Jones II, Soundtrack: Breaking In. Jan. 13, 2020. James Earl Jones full list of movies and tv shows in theaters, in production and upcoming films. The local actor, 28, and the stage vet, 75, are third cousins, namesakes of the same great-grandfather. I was also one of the few people that was not familiar with the show before I auditioned for it. Part of the reason I want to play it is because I want to break the stigma because a lot of people don't talk about it and it's okay, but like a lot of times people make it seem like characters have to be a certain weight, a certain height to play a role. I would just audition for things. Cash & credit cards are accepted. So if we wanted to call them or email them, I don't have a Facebook account, but they are readily available via Facebook. James Earl Jones is the cats pyjama's! 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I would say also if given the chance, I would love to play Mufassa in The Lion King. If you have tickets for any of our canceled performances, you may exchange them or get a refund at the point of purchase. James Earl Jones was born in Arkabutla Township, Mississippi. Thank you for your understanding. I have covered the role and performed it, but haven't actually been offered the role. His parents separated before his birth and he was raised by his grandparents on a farm that had been in the family since Reconstruction. Trending Now . And he said, "Well, I have dressers." His parents initially came from unique job occupations, from maid to teacher to boxer and chauffeur. 1 year ago. As a producer his credits include Heavy D & the Boyz and Playa … The man that gave us the voice of Darth Vader and Mufasa is celebrating 9 wonderful decades from his home in upstate New York. Official return to be announced at a later time. Yet this show move seamlessly. James Earl Jones II Bob & Others. I went to the University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana, and I studied opera. Availability tends to decrease closer to the actual performance date. What: Actor, performing in the role of Bob in Come From Away, which will be at The Saenger Theater from May 28-June 2 as part of the 2018-2019 Hancock Whitney Broadway in New Orleans series. It was a super fast process for me, but it was actually kind of interesting because the producers, Junkyard Dog Production, actually originally produced Memphis on Broadway and the tour. Would you mind telling us about all the characters you play?JEJ: So we each have a couple of more prevalent characters. He feels like a fish out of water over his time spent in Gander. Song for his soundtrack of life right now: “It’s a song called ‘ Ta-dow’ by FKJ and Masego … this song is built up on improv and randomness. I have played Haywood Patterson in a regional production of The Scottsboro Boys, which was really very amazing experience for me. Then, I was like "Yeah, I don't know if I could do that." Get experiences in your life. BAND. Dean’s back from Hawaii! A better understanding of this world or a better audition in a room and most importantly, I would say just keep going. Everyone knows the story of 9/11, yet the story of what happened up in Gander, Newfoundland after that tragic event isn't as well known. James Earl Jones II is not the son of James Earl Jones. Tell us about your director, Christopher Ashley. I then said, "Oh these dressers see you in your underwear?" The actor spoke to USA Today where he said, “I will keep having to remind myself that it’s my birthday.” He added, “I’ll make an exception and enjoy a slice of strawberry shortcake, my favorite!” They wrote this amazing music and Ian Eisendrath, the music supervisor, director, and conductor, he worked with them and they fashioned it to this amazing piece, but it was Chris who said, "This is how we make this work. If they are caught up in my height, then I'm doing something wrong. As Red Dawn marks its 35th anniversary, it looms large in the pantheon of Reagan-era action flicks.... 3 results. It moves for a hundred minutes with no intermission. When he was only five, the family moved north to a farm in rural Michigan, and the young boy found the adaptation so traumatic that he developed an incapacitating stutter. I sang in Europe for a little bit, but I was working in a law firm. Then he becomes Muhumuza, the African traveler. Having been born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Jeffrey took interest in live theater at age 11, Laura Benanti Returns as Melania Trump to Sing a Parody of 'Belle'. We originally produced that show." One, be kind to those around you because you never know who will find themselves in a position of importance where they might have influence over an opportunity for you in the future. He has also been seen regionally in productions Porchlight Music; Goodman; Marriott; Court; Chicago Shakespeare; Writers; Lookingglass; Lyric Opera Chicago; SF Opera; Ravinia; and Broadway in Chicago. When we opened in Seattle in October of 2018, we actually met all of the plane people and come from aways that we characterize. When a performance is sold out, a limited number of $32 standing room tickets are available for purchase at the Gerald Schoenfeld box office. For more information, please visit:www.dpacnc.com/events/detail/come-from-awaywww.comefromaway.com/tickets.php?content=tixtour. It varies week-to-week, but these performances often have the best availability. The African monarch Akeem learns he has a long-lost son in the United States and must return to America to meet this unexpected heir and build a relationship with his son. I was still working with my voice teacher in Chicago, but I wasn't really pursuing anything. Then I did, I focused and stuff, and I just didn't stop. You happen to be a distant cousin of the great James Earl Jones. Julia Knitel Janice & Others. My main character is Bob and he is based on a man from Jersey actually named Tom McKeon. Cameron Moncur. My thing is that I have the voice to do it and I have to presence. He did Othello and Fences. BWW Interview: James Earl Jones II of COME FROM AWAY National Tour. He would give tickets to my dad to come see the shows, and talk to him afterwards. Oscars Best Picture Winners Best Picture Winners Golden Globes Emmys STARmeter Awards San Diego Comic-Con New York Comic-Con Sundance Film Festival Toronto Int'l Film Festival Awards Central Festival Central All Events We are representing one storyline of the plane people. Isaac Alderson. Jane Bunting Standby . They're not. James Earl Jones celebrates his 90th birthday, new wisdom, promising friendship, and future projects / YouTube. I was working a regular job for three years. The career that James Earl Jones III can actually take credit for began in the mid-'70s. In that letter, he basically asked me what I had done with my life and at that point I hadn't done much. Would you like to come in and audition? Sharone Sayegh Bonnie & Others. Going back to the beginning, how did you first get started in the theatre?JEJ: So my journey to theatre was actually very different. He won a Tony Award for his work on the Broadway production in 2017. You have to know that people will say no. They didn't really know a lot about it either and they said, "but it looks very interesting. How familiar were you with the events in Gander prior to getting involved?JEJ: I absolutely had no idea that anything had happened in Gander and to be more clear, I didn't know Gander existed. His TV/film credits include Pokerhouse, Half-Bad, and Chicago Med. Coming to the Durham Performing Arts Center … I think that's what's so great about Chris is that he said, "I realize that you got 1,500 interviews and there is so much information that we could tell, but this is the information that is most important, and this is how we tell it in the most efficient way." It hadn't occurred to me how long I was having to spend there, so I rescinded my offer to Emory, and I was actually kind of lost. Yet, I'm now doing a show where I make quick changes all the time. At that point, I wasn't into acting. It was meant to be that I would work with the producers, this awesome cast and awesome creative team. James Earl Jones, Actor: Rogue One. It is not a maudlin retelling of that terrifying moment in time when all U. S. airspace shut down. Here's how you make it work efficiently. So I'm like five foot eight, and most of the men who have played the role of Mufassa are six feet and above. Limit two per person, subject to availability. An active percussionist on the Atlanta scene, Jones III was part of the S.O.S. We're gonna send them a tape." Danielle K. Thomas Hannah & Others. Joaquina Kalukango Visits Backstage LIVE- Watch Now! IBDB (Internet Broadway Database) archive is the official database for Broadway theatre information. When he died, he left me in his will all of this vocal music and a letter. Part of why the show works so well and so efficiently is because of Chris. I think what was great about David Hein and Irene Sankoff, the married couple who wrote this piece, they did over 1300 interviews, and they put all of this together in this amazing show. This is how we make it work quick. Limit two per person, subject to availability. Have you met Tom McKeon?JEJ: Yes. Chicago actor James Earl Jones II stars in the national tour of Broadway musical "Come From Away." I had a call back that day and then a call back the next morning when I landed back in Chicago, my agent called me and told me that I booked. That's why we have such an amazing effectiveness and five companies is not only because of the amazing writing, the amazing producers, and the really amazing message, but it's because of Chris and the way that he directed us to tell the story. Billy Bivona. Open our interactive chat window to ask questions about ticketing, learn more about the show and our true story, and more! I don't need the height to do it. I didn't know that they were the original producers, and obviously they didn't produce my production in Chicago, but I thought that was such an interesting story and I found that out when I went in for my audition and they were like, "Oh, you're doing Memphis. I would also say to continue to study experience and thrive in this world. So that's what I did. Myrna Conn. Steve … One of the interesting things about a come from away versus the people in Gander is that come from aways, or the plane people, they're generally solo characters, right? But like that to me is a dream role to break the stigma of people feeling like they have to be a super tall person to be considered revered or a character of importance because it's not important. At an early age, he started to take dramatic lessons to calm himself down. James Earl Jones turned 90 on January 17th. Premium seats are the best seats in the house, and may still be available when general tickets are not. No matter where we go, no matter who we perform for, no matter what the demographic, this show is amazing and it continues to be amazing every single day. As Red Dawn marks its 35th anniversary, it looms large in the pantheon of Reagan-era action flicks.... 3 results. I recently had the great pleasure of interviewing actor James Earl Jones II, who is currently in the production playing Bob & others. by Jeffrey Kare. Jeffrey Kare currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina. A limited number of $38 rush tickets are available for purchase in person at the Gerald Schoenfeld box office when it opens 10 AM (noon on Sundays) for that day’s performance only. In accordance with guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and under the continued direction of Governor Andrew Cuomo, Broadway shows in New York City will extend the current suspension of all performances through May 30, 2021. Before that third year, my voice teacher passed away. I had questions for him, but my questions weren't of a theatrical nature because I didn't understand that at that age. James Earl Jones II of the Broadway musical ‘Come from Away’ talks about the importance of the musical and how a small town in Canada played a huge role in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. Widely regarded as the one of greatest stage and screen actors both in his native USA and internationally, James Earl Jones was born on January 17, 1931 in Arkabutla, Mississippi. Then, he said "Sometimes." #backstage #feelthebernstein #wonderfultown” So here I am. ... Christine Toy Johnson, James Earl Jones II, … Be sure to catch the national tour of Come From Away. James Earl Jones at an appearance in New York City Photo: acepixs / ImageCollect “Star Wars” legend James Earl Jones celebrated his 90th birthday with strawberry cake. This is how we do this show in a hundred minutes and get out all of this information and tell this amazing story and still not lose anything from the story." Come From Away performance at the Olivier Awards 2019 with Mastercard - Duration: ... 4:53. Jones also showcases his pipes as he performs “Is Anybody There?” from the musical ‘1776.’. It was all new to me. There was also a “Happy Birthday, Dad” from Luke Skywalker, among others. Learn More. 1 year ago. Click Here for More Articles on COME FROM AWAY. 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