Jonathan Groff is coming home

By on January 14, 2015

Star of ‘Frozen’ plans benefit concert in Ephrata

The Ephrata Performing Arts Center will present Broadway and Hollywood star Jonathan Groff in a benefit concert at EPAC’s Sharadin Bigler Theatre on Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. Proceeds from this event will benefit EPAC’s capital fund, and a special announcement about the fund will be made during the event.

The theatre’s thrust stage and intimate setting provide an ideal space for an up-close performance with Jonathan, who will be accompanied on piano by acclaimed music director Mary-Mitchell Campbell.

Groff received a 2007 Tony nomination for Best Actor for creating the role of Melchior Gabor in the rock musical Spring Awakening. He appeared in a pair of off-Broadway Craig Lucas plays, “Prayer for My Enemy” and “The Singing Forest,” and Central Park productions of “Hair” and “The Bacchae.” He starred in the West End revival of “Deathtrap” before returning to New York to star in “The Submission.” He will be appearing in “A New Brain” at the New York City Center June 24 through 27.

Jonathan Groff

Jonathan Groff

Jonathan gained worldwide recognition for his voicing role of Kristoff in Disney’s “Frozen” in 2013. Other movies include “C.O.G.,” “The Conspirator” and “Taking Woodstock.”

His television roles include Jesse St. James in the hit show “Glee” and the television movie “The Normal Heart.” He can currently be seen on HBO’s “Looking.”

An EPAC alumnus, Jonathan appeared the playhouse’s 2002 production of “Honk” in the role of Ugly. In 2004 he played the title role in the hit musical “Bat Boy” in the newly renovated Sharadin Bigler Theatre.

“Jonathan Groff is EPAC family, and we could not be more proud of his success,” EPAC Artistic Director Edward R. Fernandez says. “He is a warm and wonderful performer, and we are thrilled to welcome him back on our stage.”

Jonathan’s performances in more intimate venues typically include show tunes, pop music, and specialty numbers. An after-party with Jonathan at Ephrata’s American Legion Cloister Post 429, across from the theater’s parking lot, can be chosen as part of a ticket option for this event. The performance portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible.

Tickets for EPAC Presents An Evening with Jonathan Groff went on sale to the general public Jan. 12. The box office can be reached at 733-7966 Monday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased online at Ticket prices for this benefit begin at $150, with several options available for seating and the after-party.

EPAC is located in the Ephrata Community Park, in the Ephrata Borough, at 320 Cocalico St. The American Legion Cloister Post 429 is located at 300 Cocalico St.

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