John French: Who is Jonathan Roxmouth?
Jonathan Roxmouth: I am a very normal person offstage. I feel that balance is very important. I sleep late, read a lot and like to spend time with my people. And I love Super Mario.
JF: As an actor who has made it, what advice would you give to aspiring actors out there who are still trying to crack it?
JR: Never allow yourself to be bound. Versatility is the only way you can have a long term career in the business.
JF: Are the bright lights of overseas stages calling you?
JR: Show me a performer who isn't! Yes the West End and Broadway are very enticing but I have resigned myself to the fact that when the time is right it will happen. If not, there's always the post office.
JF: Is there a dream role out there that you have not claimed?
JR: Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables"
Jonathan nominated in the 49th Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR MUSIC THEATRE SHOW
- Brendan van Rhyn for The Rocky Horror Show as Frank-N-Furter
- Grant Almirall for Jersey Boys as Frankie Valli
- Jonathan Roxmouth for Sunset Boulevard as Joe Gillis
- Paul du Toit for The Rocky Horror Show as Brad
Prizes will be presented to the winners at a glamorous event which will be held at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town on Sunday 16 March at 6pm.
SUNSET BOULEVARD garnered 4 more nominations namely Best Actress (Angela Kilian), Best Supporting Actor (James Borthwick), Best Supporting Actress (Bethany Dickson) and Costume Design (Penny Simpson).
February 25, 1987
(L-R Grease, The King and I, Hats Off!, Noel & Gertie, A Handful of Keys, Call Me Lee, CATS, The Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, Beauty and the Beast, Jesus Christ Superstar and much much more)
Jonathan Roxmouth performs live on Expresso Show. (Interview)
Rodney Trudgeon’s guest on People of Note on Sunday was the multi-talented and award winning actor and singer JONATHAN ROXMOUTH. After his stunning success as the Phantom in The Phantom of The Opera, Jonathan has gone on to feature in Sunset Boulevard, Hats Off, Topsy Turvy and now he has just launched his new show about Liberace, Call Me Lee.
People of Note is broadcast on Sunday evenings just after 6pm and repeated on Thursdays just after 1pm.
Boksburg Barnyard Theatre
February 8 and 9
Just picked up the first batch of CALL ME LEE Piano Album which will be available after every performance of the show with signings as well!
CALL ME LEE - Liberace On Stage
Best described, Roxmouth says, it’s a concert biography: “It’s about the story, the concert, the costumes, the rings but also the music. You can’t share his life without the music.”
Robin Botha, Jonathan Roxmouth and Anthony Downing - Final Lair
South Africa; 2012
Listen to that Phantom go. One of the best voices and most interesting portrayals in such a long time. One specific thing I love is his “acting” voice is different from his legit singing voice. Like…I’m not sure how to explain this very well. When he’s simply trying to get across the acting of a scene his voice takes on this aged, raspy kind of tone, but then he can immediately snap back into that golden voice of his for the more legit singing sections. I don’t know. Not many Phantoms do that. JRox did! And my God the emotions this man’s voice can portray from one second to the next, his AIAOY Reprise was so soft and tender, then so booming and angry. And he has such amazing control of his voice! He’s just…he’s awesome.
Half of his face is red and distorted, his left eye droops, there are lines around his mouth as he sits in this shrine of homage to Phantoms past.
The first Phantom ever, Michael Crawford, heads the pantheon above the dressing table lights, with Australia’s Anthony Warlow to his right. It takes a grueling hour-and-an half for this good looking young man’s nightly metamorphosis into the tragically deformed character who has obsessed him since boyhood.
From my vantage point I note in the mirror the trust and respect between Jonathan and his petite make-up artist Madelein Krugell.
Before the mask goes on he runs a dry razor over his face, as he says it “gives a better texture to the skin”.
He has been told “his skin is too good” for the heavy make up required and a quick spritz of astringent lotion helps dry it out and constrict the blood vessels.
Madelein deftly slips a latex “monster” mask over half his face and snips it back and front to fit. The mask is based on a mould of Jonathan’s face, so it sits perfectly, and is created daily, together with a raised lacerated cheek piece. Madeline glues it all around and pats on thick pancake make-up. The effect is seamless.
Actors are among the most dedicated to their craft and Jonathan is no exception. The make-up stays on throughout the performance and - under the lights, the white mask and costumes - is ferociously hot. Jonathan drinks “gallons and gallons of water” to stay hydrated, but says he sweats copiously.
But the make-up and costumes are only part of the process of becoming the Phantom. Getting under the skin of the character is just as important (Read more)