THE SCREENING ROOM: Happy Birthday, Jonathan Groff (Video)

By Playbill Staff
March 26, 2014

Jonathan Groff, known for his performances in Spring Awakening and HBO's "Looking," celebrates his birthday March 26. In celebration of the Tony Award nominee, Playbill.com has compiled favorite moments from Groff — on and off the stage.



Groff, who received a Tony nomination for his performance as radical teenager Melchior Gabor in Spring Awakening, was also seen on Broadway in In My Life. In addition to his work on "Glee," this season he returned in the popular HBO series "Looking" and also voiced the role of Kristoff in the Disney animated film "Frozen."

Learn more about Groff's theatrical history in the Playbill Vault.

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Here are the highlights from the 2013 Miscast gala. Groff performed "If Mama Was Married" with Christian Borle and "Let Me Be Your Star" with Jeremy Jordan. 

Here, the Tony nominee enlisted dancers from Broadway's Tony Award-winning Anything Goes — and even learned Tony winner Kathleen Marshall's choreography — to re-create the eight-minute title tap number from the Cole Porter musical at MCC Theater's 2012 Miscast benefit. Obviously, he wowed the crowd!

At a Birdland concert featuring the music of composer-lyricist Scott Alan, Groff sang "Now," about dealing with a breakup.

Groff often reunites with Spring Awakening co-star — and best friend — Lea Michele. Here, in one of their many cabaret appearances, the duo sang "I'll Be Home for Christmas."

Here, Groff, Michele and the cast of Spring Awakening perform a medley of songs from the Duncan Sheik-Steven Sater musical including "Mama Who Bore Me," "The Bitch of Living" and "Totally F*cked."

Groff often performs "Larger Than Life" from My Favorite Year in his cabaret appearances. Here is his performance of that song by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Groff covered "A Case of You" by Joni Mitchell at a Joe's Pub performance.

On "Glee," Groff was introduced as Vocal Adrenaline bad boy Jesse St. James. Here, he drops by McKinley High and joins Rachel Berry (Michele) for a cover of Adele's hit song "Rolling in the Deep."


szólj hozzá: Rolling in the Deep

Before Groff rose to fame in the Tony-winning Spring Awakening, he made his Broadway debut in the short-lived In My Life. Here, in a sweet shout-out to his mother, he performed "I Am My Mother's Son" from that musical.

Groff was also seen on the New York stage in The Submission, where he played the role of eager playwright Danny Larsen. If you missed his edgy performance, check out highlights from the Off-Broadway run.

Before the Central Park production of Hair transferred to Broadway, Groff performed the lead role of Claude. Here are his performances of "Hair" and "I Got Life."

"I Got Life": 

Since he didn't get to perform this song in Spring Awakening, we thought we'd include it here — Groff's performance of "Mama Who Bore Me."

Playbill Video's "Obsessed!" with Groff. Part One:

Part Two:

Here are highlights from Groff's solo concert in Indianapolis. "The Life of the Party" from Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party:

"Moving Too Fast" from The Last Five Years:

"Everybody's Talking" by Harry Nilsson:

"(Ain't That) Good News" by Sam Cooke:

"Amish Paradise" by Weird Al Yankovic (by way of Coolio):

"Thank You for the Music" by ABBA:

"I Got Lost in His Arms" from Annie Get Your Gun:

"Moon River" by Henry Mancini/Johnny Mercer:

"The Lonely Goatherd" from The Sound of Music:

"Dividing Day" from The Light in the Piazza:

Groff impersonating Spring Awakening co-star Lea Michele:

Talking about his Spring Awakening audition:

"Left Behind" from Spring Awakening:

Talking about forgetting the words to "Left Behind":