Jonathan Brielle spends his life balancing commerce and art as a successful writer, composer and lyricist. After earning a degree in Music and Business from NYU, Jonathan began performing his songs solo and in rock bands until he created the first songwriters room in New York City, Uncle LuLu’s. Everyone from Doc Polmus to Sammy Cahn would perform and critique each other’s new songs. It was here that Jonathan met Sid Bernstein who introduced him to Hume Cronyn’s agent. His first Broadway show was writing music and lyrics for Foxfire starring theater legends, Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy (who won the Tony) and Keith Carradine.
Subsequently, he became Composer In Residence of the prestigious Circle Repertory Company in New York, providing scores for some of New York’s top playwrights.
Being a pop writer with a Broadway credit also led to Jonathan becoming the go-to writer/producer in New York for live theatrical events. Mr. Brielle wrote hundreds of shows, corporate events, and scores from Stravinsky to Hip Hop for Fortune 500 companies, creating shows with Susan Stroman, Marvin Hamlisch, Wayne Cilento, Scott Ellis, David Thompson among others. While working with some of the leading directors and choreographers of today and some of the biggest budgets imaginable, he learned what entertains 30 to 30,000 people. He built a state of the art recording studio and production company, Brielle Music, in lower Manhattan.
His titillating Las Vegas extravaganza, Enter the Night (book, music, lyrics) headlined the Stardust Hotel for twelve years. His critically acclaimed, MadHattan (book, music, lyrics) a review of New York street performers, opened and headlined The New York, New York Hotel for over two years. Brielle was Executive Musical Supervisor of Rugrats, world tour, and Composer/Lyricist and Co-Producer of the world tour of Goosebumps Live! with Book Writer, Rupert Holmes and Co-Producer, Kenneth Feld.
During this time Brielle Music studios became a home for Jay-Z and Roc-A-Fella Records, at the height of the New York rap scene. In 2001, after the 9/11 tragedy only blocks away, Jonathan sold his studios in TriBeCa to Busta Rhymes, and re-dedicated himself to his first love, writing new American musicals. Having grown up on R&B, Rock n Roll as well as the Sound of Music, he is committed to bringing contemporary music back to theater while honoring the great masters.
His recent credits include: Himself and Nora (book, music, lyrics) American Theatre Group 2013, NYMF 2012, James Joyce Center Dublin 2008, 2009, Old Globe 2005; Nightmare Alley (book, music, lyrics) NYMF summer 2013 and Geffen Playhouse 2010, legendary Gil Gates Director; Jonathan’s newest musical, 40 Naked Women, A Monkey and Me (book, music, lyrics) made its world premiere summer 2012 at The Eugene O’Neill Cabaret Conference.
As co-producer for the re-launch of “Wonderama”, a national weekly “Today Show” for kids with Armstrong Interactive, Mr. Brielle is writing the music and supervising weekly musical guest stars, who include Hunter Hayes and Selena Gomez.
Mr. Brielle volunteers and is serving his third term as Vice President of the Johnny Mercer Foundation, where he has initiated educational programs that meet national standards for Title I Schools in New York City, Newark, Los Angeles and Miami. He has also created and serves as Writer/Producer in Residence of the Johnny Mercer Writers’ Colony at Goodspeed Musicals for the working professional in theater, and helps to oversee the Johnny Mercer Songwriting Project at Northwestern University. Mr. Brielle mentors, teaches, and co-writes with young writers. He also teaches a Songwriting Residency he created for public school Seventh Grade Language Arts Classes.
Jonathan Brielle believes the American Musical is one of the greatest ways to communicate the human experience.
- Representative Corporate
- NEW YORK LIFE created original musical extravaganza for their 150th Anniversary Celebration, at Madison Square Garden, attended by 30,000 insurance agents; hosted by Regis and Kathy Lee and Hal Holbrook; featuring Liza Minnelli, Marvin Hamlisch, full circus including elephants, 60 piece orchestra and a cast of 200 singers and dancers
- MC DONALDS created shows, including original songs, musical cast numbers, videos and parodies for over eight years for their Manager Tours and Owner/Operator Shows
- GILLETTE created the launch of the Sensor Razor, Mach III, in an arena, revealing a 60-piece orchestra on the head of a 300 foot model of the razor complete with multimedia, lasers, original score and singers.
- FORD wrote original music and theme songs for Ford announcement shows for 10 years
- MILLER BEER created original musical extravaganza, including singers and dancing bottles, staged by Tony Award winning director/choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers)
- STATE FARM created an original musical with 30 singers and dancers, staged and directed by Tony Award winner Wayne Cilento (Tommy)
- MERCEDES BENZ created an original score, performed by the London Philharmonic for the launch of the C Class car, revealed ascending from the depths of a swimming pool in Cannes, France
- REPRESENTATIVE COMMERCIALS ABC Radio, Burger King, Hasbro, GI Joe, Lifetime, Levi’s, Oil of Olay, Oxydol, Ringling Bros., Showtime, TNT
- WONDERAMA (Producer and music creator) a national network show on Sunday mornings currently in pre-production, in association with Armstrong Interactive and Osmond Entertainment, Based on the hit show of the 1960.s with Sonny Fox and Bob McAllister.
- SPANX created original theme song for Spanx “Gotta Get Your Spanx On” as well as Assets by Spanx “A Girl Has Got The Right To Slip On Her Assets”, television commercials and in store promotions. 2012 to present
- MTV MUSIC AWARDS (music, lyrics, music director) Opening number with Rosanne Barr and twenty-five male Rockettes
- CNN INTERNATIONAL (Theme Music) eight years
- HIMSELF AND NORA (book, music, lyrics) Off-Broadway 2015; UCPAC, NJ, 2013; cast album release June 2104; NYMF 2012; Mill Theater, Dublin 2009; James Joyce Center, Dublin 2008; Old Globe Theater, San Diego 2005.
- NIGHTMARE ALLEY (book, music, lyrics) NYMF 2013; Geffen Playhouse- Gil Cates, director, 2010
- 40 NAKED WOMEN, A MONKEY, AND ME (book, music, lyrics) Eugene O’Neill Conference, Waterford, CT 2011, 2012
- FOXFIRE (music, lyrics, musical director) Barrymore Theater, New York; The Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis; The Stratford Theater, Canada; Jessica Tandy, (Tony Award) Hume Cronyn & Keith Carradine
- GREAT GRANDSON OF JEDIDIAH KOHLER (music& lyrics, Circle Rep, New York) William Hurt
- BESIDES HERSELF (music & lyrics, Circle Rep, New York) Calista Flockhart, William Hurt
- HIMSELF! (music & lyrics, Caldwell Theater, Florida). Len Cariou, Carbonel Award
- CIRCLE REP Composer in Residence. Wrote over a dozen scores for Lanford Wilson, Marshall Mason, Joe Montello, & John Bishop
- Las Vegas
- ENTER THE NIGHT (book, music, lyrics) Stardust Hotel 1988 – 2000 (Cast Album)
- MADHATTAN (book, music, lyrics) The New York, New York Hotel 1998-2000 (Cast Album)
- RINGLING BROTHERS, BARNUM & BAILEY 132nd CIRCUS (music)
- GOOSEBUMPS, LIVE ON STAGE (music) book Rupert Holmes, Co-produced with Kenneth Feld, US & UK Tour staring Russ Abbott 1998
- RUGRATS MTV Executive Music Producer, US Tour 1998-2000
- LIVING HOPE GALA FUNDRAISING EVENT for Cancer and Fertility Society, Cipriani Wall Street, May 12, 2006 Cancer and Fertility Society
- NEW YORK SONGWRITER’S SHOWCASE (Host & Creator, Bottom Line, New York) Sammy Cahn, Rupert Holmes, Ruberta Flack, Phoebe Snow, Kander & Ebb, Chita Rivera
- SONGWRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA (National Projects Director)
- THE DEVELOPMENT WING (Founder and Co-Artistic Director with Rupert Holmes) A non-for-profit production company showcasing new works by American Playwrights
- Non Profit
- THE JOHNNY MERCER FOUNDATION Current fourth term Executive Vice President. Created and oversees musical educational programs celebrating and nurturing the craft of songwriting
- SONGWRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA former National Projects Director
- THE DEVELOPMENT WING Founder, Artistic Director - A non-profit company supporting new American musicals