Ben Jones : Love Songs Ben Jones : Love Songs

Ben Jones, winner of a 2021 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Award, makes his Blue Strawberry debut in Ben Jones: Love Songs. With musical direction by legendary Ron Abel, Jones sings songs from Broadway and pop that examine all aspects of love, including temptation, obsession and heartbreak. Featuring music from Jerry Herman, Stephen Sondheim, Tom Waits, Jason Robert Brown and Lerner & Loewe, Jones dazzles audiences with touching and hilarious renditions of your favorite songs, old and new. As Michael Tilson Thomas put it, “We’re still trying to figure out what it is that Ben can’t do.” To see what he means, you won’t want to miss this one-night-only event, when one of New York’s most dynamic voices returns to his Midwestern roots to perform at the Blue Strawberry for one night only! Check out Ben’s playlist on Spotify, Apple Music or the YouTube Link below.

Hailed as "Marvelous" by Theatreworld Magazine and "First-rate" by the San Francisco Chronicle, Ben Jones has appeared on the stages of the Wiener Musikverein, the Royal Concertgebouw, the State Opera of Prague, the Rudolfinum, the Mariinsky, the Edinburgh International Festival, the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Shanghai Concert Hall. Favorite regional productions have included Candide (Governor, Vanderdendur), Guys and Dolls (Sky), Follies (Buddy), Show Boat (Ravenal), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jimmy), Cats (Munkustrap/Quaxo), Sweeney Todd (Tobias), The Last Five Years (Jamie) and Chicago (Mary Sunshine). He is proud to have spent a year skewering pop culture figures such as Michael Jackson, George W. Bush, John Travolta, Bill Clinton and Michael Phelps in the San Francisco revue Beach Blanket Babylon. 

Ben has appeared with great American symphony orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the San Diego Symphony, the Oregon Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Columbus Symphony and the Oakland East Bay Symphony, sharing the spotlight with the likes of Michael Tilson Thomas, Frederica von Stade, Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard, Rita Moreno, Helmuth Rilling, Michael Morgan, Val Diamond and the Bang on a Can All-Stars. His versatile voice has been featured on recordings on the Albany, Naxos and Delos labels, on "A Prairie Home Companion,” on the soundtracks for the best-selling video game franchises Halo and Civilization, and on commercials for Coors Light and Meow Mix. 

Ben is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA and AGMA. He has yet to make his Broadway debut.

Ron Abel, the multi-award winning composer, producer, arranger, orchestrator, conductor and musical director whose vast client list ranges from multi-million selling pop diva Taylor Dayne to opera diva and Kennedy Center Honoree, Jessye Norman, is currently composing the scores for several Broadway musicals with his long-time writing partner, Chuck Steffan: HAZEL, A MUSICAL MAID IN AMERICA (with book by Lissa Levin), BRICKTOP, QUEEN OF THE NIGHT, the story of Ada “Bricktop” Smith, the American expatriate and doyenne of Paris in the 1930’s whose nightclub was a regular haunt for Cole Porter, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Josephine Baker, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Also ready for the stage are RE-INTRODUCING LAURETTE BISHOP, the story behind one of the world’s greatest unknown jazz artists, and UNDRESSED, a retelling of the Alexandre Dumas classic love story, Camille. Also coming up is his musical

ROCKWELL, LIFE ON A PALETTE, a visit with the beloved American artist in which his pictures from the 20th century come to life and become musical numbers (book & lyrics by Eleanor Albano & Anthony Barnao). Ron has arranged, orchestrated and conducted for Liza Minnelli, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Dee Snider, Bette Midler, Beth Leavel, Stephanie J. Block, Tonya Pinkins, Adriane Lenox, Bryce Pinkham, (and many, many others) as well as regularly touring world-wide as musical director for: Lucie Arnaz, Michele Lee, Shirley Jones and Valarie Pettiford.