Broadway, TV and film favorite Jonathan Groff will perform Get Back, an evening of songs and reminiscences about his “let’s put on a show in the barn” past, for one night only on November 24 at The 52nd Street Project’s Five Angels Theater. All proceeds will benefit The 52nd Street Project, which pairs neighborhood kids with theater professionals who mentor them through the creation of original theater.
The theme of Groff's autobiographical evening is that imagination during childhood leads to self-confidence and success later in life, echoing both Groff’s life story and of The 52nd Street Project’s work. When the future Broadway star was a child in rural Pennsylvania, his parents encouraged him to play, dress up, sing and dance. They owned a horse barn where they watched him and his brother put on shows. (Click here to watch Susan Blackwell's visit to the Groff family farm, including meeting the actor's goat, Lea Michele.)
Music Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell (Big Fish, The Addams Family, Company) will accompany Groff throughout, and Project kid Imani Lewis, 13, among other guests, will perform with him.
Groff received a Tony nomination for originating the role of Melchior Gabor in the Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening. Other stage appearances include Hair, Prayer for My Enemy, The Singing Forest, Deathtrap, The Bacchae, The Submission and Red. Groff’s TV and film credits include Glee, Taking Woodstock, The Conspirator, Twelve-Thirty, Boss and The Good Wife. He will appear in the upcoming Looking, Frozen, The Normal Heart and Sophie.