Jason Danieley won a Theatre World and Drama League Award when he made his Broadway debut in Harold Prince's "Candide" and his career has soared ever since! From Broadway to London's West End, Jason has entertained and delighted audiences all over the world in stage shows, concerts with his band The Frontier Heroes, and special evening engagements with his wife, three-time Tony Award nominee Marin Mazzie.
In addition to "Candide," Jason's other Broadway credits include the Tony Award Winning musical "Next To Normal" (in which he and Marin starred in together to much critical acclaim), "Curtains," and "The Full Monty." He is most recognized from his performance in PBS' Great Performances airing of "South Pacific," when he portrayed Lt. Joe Cable. Off-Broadway, Jason has lit up the stage in "The Trojan Women: A Love Story," "Dream True," "Floyd Collins," as well as City Center Encores! productions of "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn" and "Strike Up The Band." Regional audiences have seen Jason in "The Highest Yellow," "Beauty," "Casino Paradise," "110 In The Shade," "Brigadoon."
When Jason is not in a show, he can be found performing with some of the country's best philharmonic orchestra's or performing with his wife Marin Mazzie and his band The Frontier Heroes. Jason has performed with the NY, Boston, and Philly Pops, LA Philharmonic, and the St. Louis, Utah, Minnesota, and Buffalo Symphonies. He has starred in fully staged concert versions of Berstein's "Candide" and Gershwin's "Of Thee I Sing" and "Let Them Eat Cake" with the San Francisco Symphony in addition to other major concert versions of "Carousel" with the Orchestra of St. Luke's and "South Pacific," both at Carnegie Hall. Marin and Jason have starred together in their cabaret show/concert of "Opposite You," which they created for Lincoln Center's American Songbook Series, released a recording of it on PS Classics and performed it nationally at such venus as Joe's Pub in NY and Cinegrill in Los Angeles. Their latest cabaret show/concert, which just debuted at Cafe Carlyle in NYC is called "He Said/She Said," a retelling of how Jason and Marin met. Jason's band, The Frontier Heroes released their self-titled debut CD in 2008 and have since performed together at venues around New York City.
You can catch Jason and The Frontier Heroes this Thursday, June 16 and Thursday, July 21 at 9:30pm at The Metropolitan Room in NYC (34 West 22nd Street, between 5th & 6th Avenue). For much more on Jason be sure to visit http://www.jasondanieley.com and The Fontiers visit http://thefrontierheroes.com!
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? My Grandmother Ruth. She was the "leader" of our family band when I was growing up in St. Louis. She always believed in me and encouraged me without fail to pursue my goals.
2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? James Taylor.
3. What do you get from performing with "The Frontier Heroes" that you don't get from performing in a Broadway Show? I get to put my own stamp on everything from top to bottom. From the kind of music to the style we perform in is a direct influence from my family band. I also get to choose the people I surround myself with. It's very important to me to have a supportive family of musicians who really dig what we are doing.
4. What was your favorite part about performing with Marin in "Next To Normal" and in your cabaret/concert "Opposite You?" N2N was great as it was our first Broadway pairing. It was a show we really believed in and loved doing together. The journey of Dan and Diana was such an emotional roller coaster that in order to dangle our raw emotions out for all to see it was extremely helpful to have the person we trust implicitly on the boards opposite us. Opposite You was just plain old fun an evening that, at first, was entirely comprised of duets. That later morphed to include solos but it was our first cabaret/concert that we put together. We've been doing it for many years all around the country. We just debuted our new concert called "He Said/She Said", at the Cafe Carlyle, which is even more fun as it's a musical retelling of our love story, how we met doing an off-broadway play together.
5. Favorite place to practice/rehearse on your own? At our house in the country.
6. Favorite way to spend your day off? Doing yard work at our house in the country.
7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Running. I'm not a long distance kind of runner, I'm more time oriented, but just getting away from the concrete and surrounding myself with trees and green it's very helpful for the mental.
8. Boxers or Briefs? Really?...briefs.
9. Favorite website? RoadsideAmerica.com is a website dedicated the roadside oddities of America. I love road trips and particularly the old stops along the bygone era of Route 66. Although our approach for The Frontier Heroes is slightly modified for this month to include "Summer Fun" ie. family gatherings, summer vacations, we've previously been all about road trips and our favorite sights along our favorite routes.
10. Superman or Wonder Woman? I'm not really a fan of either. I was always more interested in darker stories. Batman was a favorite growing up. But doing a play a few years ago based on the mind and the "dreamscape," the landscape of our psyche in sleep, I was turned on to a graphic novel called Sandman by Neil Gaiman. So I'd say he'd be my favorite super hero.
11. What is the best advice you've ever received? Be yourself.
12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? If it's sexual then, of course, my wife. If it's a place and a time that I can no longer see it would be my grandparents and our time together in the country down on the homestead in South Eastern Missouri.