Now through July 23, catch Jonathan in one of America’s most beloved musicals…HELLO, DOLLY! Starring four-time Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh (GOLDA’S BALCONY) as the beloved matchmaker-extraordinaire Dolly Gallagher Levi, Paper Mill Playouse‘s DOLLY is the show-stopping “perfect match” for every musical fan!
In addition to Ms. Feldshuh’s glowing reviews, here’s what the critics say of Jonathan’s performance:
“Interacting with all the above characters with ebullience and charisma galore is Jonathan Rayson in the major role of Cornelius, the 33-year-old clerk determined to finally get a life. From the moment he emerges via a door on the stage floor, he captivates with his character’s eyes on the prize of ‘adventure’ in the big city and with comic flair and disarming earnestness. A thoroughly convincing romantic idealism comes to a fully satisfying climax with his monologue about discovering love, leading into a sincere and glorious rendition of the ballad ‘It Only Takes a Moment.’ It’s HIS moment, and he grabs it. Correction: he embraces it….”
“One of the most rewarding featured roles in musical comedy must be that of Vandergelder’s put upon chief clerk Cornelius Hackl. As Hackl, Jonathan Rayson, dancing and singing with unforced humor and charm, wins our hearts….”
“Also notable in this large cast are Jonathan Rayson and Brian Sears, who make the most of their comic roles as Cornelius Hackl and Barnaby Tucker, clerks in Vandergelder’s feed store…When Vandergelder appears at the hat shop, the hectic scene that ensues as the young men try to hide from their boss would have made the Marx Brothers proud….”
Paper Mill Playhouse
Millburn, NJ 07041