Jonathan Groff is quickly emerging as one of the most exciting young talents in the industry. He was most recently seen in the critically-praised hit series, "Glee," as the lead male vocalist of the rival glee club, Vocal Adrenaline, as well as the love interest for Lea Michele's character, 'Rachel.'
Jonathan was most recently seen making his big screen debut in Ang Lee's highly-anticipated TAKING WOODSTOCK. The film, adapted by James Schamus from the autobiography "Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, a Concert, and a Life" by Eliot Tibor and Tom Monte, tells the true story of a young man working at his parents' motel in the Catskills who inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969. In the film, Groff plays 'Michael Lang,' the legendary concert promoter and co-creator of the famed Woodstock Music and Art Festival.
Groff also recently completed production on the upcoming film TWELVE-THIRTY, written and directed by Jeff Lipsky, is an independent drama about a broken family with adult children, and a self-centered young man (Groff) who, in the span of a week, becomes entangled in each of their lives, wreaking havoc in the process.
A young veteran of the theater, Groff was most recently seen starring as Dionysus, the god of wine, in the Public Theater's summer staging of Euripides' "The Bacchae." The production, helmed by Obie Award-winning director JoAnne Akalaitis and featuring original music by Philip Glass, was part of the annual "Shakespeare in the Park" series at Central Park's Delacorte Theatre.
Prior to his feature film debut, Groff starred as 'Melchior Gabor' in the Tony Award-winning musical, "Spring Awakening." With music by Duncan Sheik and book & lyrics by Steven Sater, "Spring Awakening," based on Frank Wedekind's controversial 1891 play of the same name, concerns a group of teenagers who are discovering the inner and outer tumult of their sexuality. Jonathan's role as 'Melchior Gabor' earned his a 2007 Theatre World Award, in addition to Tony, Drama Desk, and Drama League Award nominations. Groff created the role Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theatre Company, prior to reprising the role on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre.
Following his lauded run in "Spring Awakening," Groff transitioned into the famed role of 'Claude Hooper Bukowski' in The Public Theater's heralded revival of "Hair," the seminal rock musical of the 1960's. The show, about a tribe of politically active hippies fighting against the Vietnam War draft and living a bohemian life together in New York City, also ran as part of The Public Theater's "Shakespeare in the Park" series at the Delacorte Theatre, and introduced an entirely new generation of fans to the beloved musical.
Furthermore, Groff was recently seen tackling difficult roles in two plays by acclaimed playwright/screenwriter Craig Lucas ("Prelude to a Kiss," "Longtime Companion"), for which he was the recipient of a Village Voice Obie Award for Outstanding Performance. First, Jonathan starred as 'Billy,' a young U.S. soldier, opposite Tony Award winners Victoria Clark and Michelle Pawk, in "Prayer for My Enemy" at Playwrights Horizons. The show, directed by Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher, travels the terrain of a dysfunctional American family after Billy unexpectedly reunites with a childhood friend on the eve of his departure for the Iraq War.
More recently, Groff starred opposite Academy Award-winner Olympia Dukakis, in the New York premiere of Lucas' "The Singing Forest" at The Public Theater. Shifting from New York in the year 2000, to Freud's Vienna in the 1930s, and to Paris immediately after World War II, the play takes a surprising look at psychotherapy, celebrity and one family's quest for redemption, forgiveness and love.
Groff's other theatre credits include roles in the Broadway musical, "In My Life," and regional tours of "The Sound of Music," "Fame," "Bat Boy," and "Honk!"
Additionally, Jonathan starred alongside Joseph Fiennes, Carrie-Ann Moss, and Blythe Danner in the Ryan Murphy pilot, "Pretty/Beautiful," and had a recurring role on ABC's "One Life to Live."
A Lancaster, Pennsylvania native, Jonathan currently resides in New York City.