Broadway director, actor and writer, director of “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill,” Emmy Winner
Lonny directed Glenn Close in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard at the English National Opera, and Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, starring Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel, also at the ENO, after having staged the musical with the stars previously at Lincoln Center, in New York. His Broadway production of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, for which Audra McDonald won her record-breaking 6th Tony Award, will transfer to Wyndham's Theater in the West End in June. Other recent productions include Company (starring Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Colbert, Patti LuPone), Sondheim: The Birthday Concert (Emmy Award) and Candide, (starring Kristen Chenowith.). On Broadway he directed Audra McDonald in 110 in the Shade; Danny Glover in Athol Fugard's 'Master Harold' ... and the Boys; Joan Rivers in Sally Marr and Her Escorts (which he co-wrote with Rivers and Erin Sanders); Jenn Colella in Urban Cowboy; and himself in A Class Act, for which he also co-wrote the book (with Linda Kline) and was nominated for a Tony Award. Some of his off-Broadway work includes Visiting Mr. Green, starring Eli Wallach; Beautiful Girls, starring Zoe Caldwell, and Athol Fugard's Valley Song. He made his opera directing debut at the Houston Grand Opera directing Audra McDonald in Poulenc's La Voix humaine and Michael John LaChiusa's Send. His first feature film, 'Master Harold' ... and the Boys (starring Freddie Highmore and Ving Rhames) received the 2011 Best Drama Award at the New York International Film and Video Festival, as well as his receiving a Best Director of a Drama Award. He directed the television captures of his SWEENEY TODD (Emmy Award), COMPANY, and CANDIDE, as well as Jonathan Kent's West End production of GYPSY, starring Imelda Staunton.