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Overview (2)

Born in Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameJoanne Rose Jonas

Mini Bio (2)

Joanne was an original cast member of "Godspell" in its off-Broadway production, first at the Cherry Lane Theatre in 1971 and later uptown at the Promenade where it ran for 2,124 performances. The characters' names were based on the actors', so it's difficult to say what role she created, except that each character had a lead in one of the songs. The character she created sang "O Bless The Lord". However, in the film she moved to the character originally played by Sonia Manzano, and sang "Turn Back, O Man" while Lynne Thigpen took her part. She also has the credit of assistant choreographer in the film. Following the film she literally disappeared from the theatrical/film scene.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tom White

Several years after finishing up Godspell and other projects Joanne Rose Jonas moved from New York City to Northern California (1976) with her fellow actor boyfriend.

She did not as reported elsewhere, attend Law School and become a theatrical agent.

She is married, continues to live in Northern California with her husband and son Josh and is involved in a health care related concern.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Moishe

Spouse (1)

Rollin (? - present) ( 1 child)

Trivia (4)

From a family with long theatrical associations.
Granddaughter of Abraham "Bert" Jonas, theatrical agent famous for giving many Afro-American entertainers their "breaks" in the theatrical business, some of the acts were: Nipsey Russell, Sammy Davis Junior and the Will Maston Trio, Bobby "tables" Davis, The Nicholas Brothers, etc.

Joanne's aunt married Carl Florian Zittel, (Zit) "right hand man" to Marcus Loew..founder of the Loews theatrical empire, also associated with William Randolph Hearst Sr., as publisher of Zit's Weekly which pre-dated Variety by many years.
Sister of Darrell Judith Jonas
In the mountains of Northern California [June 2006]

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