Following on from the success of the 2019/20 Australian tour of Broadway’s longest running American Musical Chicago, Jones Theatre Group is producing the 2020 Australian seasons of the West End smash hit 9 to 5 The Musical and the hit Broadway musical Waitress.
9 to 5 and Waitress are both currently playing in London’s West End. 9 to 5 is also touring the UK, while Waitress is also playing at the De La Mar Theater in Amsterdam, Netherlands as well as on a National Tour of the US.
Melbourne born Suzanne set off in the direction of a career in main stage theatrical productions via degrees in both economics and music. She got her start in the entertainment industry in 1998 as a Sound Engineer at Arts Centre Melbourne. She very quickly went on to become head of sound for System Sound, touring large-scale music theatre productions around Australia and Asia.
In 2006 she left the industry for several years, expanding her skills in other areas however her love of live entertainment saw her return to the industry and join the team at The Gordon Frost Organisation in 2013. She has been involved in producing the Australian tours of the London Palladium production of The Sound of Music, the Queen musical, We Will Rock You, the Australian premiere of the 8-time Tony Award-winning production of Once, The Wizard of Oz and most recently she is the Executive Producer on the Australian tours of Chicago The Musical and Waitress.
Alongside this, in 2016 Suzanne established her own production company, Jones Theatrical Group (JTG). JTG works in Australia and internationally both producing and investing in live entertainment. She has been involved in An Act of Godwith Jim Parsons and Sean Hayes (Broadway), Fiddler on the Roof (Broadway and US Tour), Fully Committed with Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Broadway), School of Rock (West End), Lady Day at the Emerson Bar and Grill with Audra MacDonald (West End), Long Day’s Journey into Night with Jeremy Irons and Leslie Manville (West End), King Lear with Sir Ian McKellen (West End), Carolina or Change (West End), Heathers (West End), Summer and Smoke (West End), Home, I’m Darling (West End), Glengarry Glen Ross (UK Tour), Pinter at the Pinter (West End), Betrayal with Tom Hiddleston (West End), The Price with David Suchet (West End), Bitter Wheat with John Malkovich, 9 to 5 The Musical (West End), Hairspray(West End), Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (West End), #Date Me – An OkCupid Experiment (Off-Broadway). It is also under this banner that Suzanne produced the Australian tour of the Andrew Lloyd Webber production of The Wizard of Oz in 2017/2018. She is currently producing the Australian tours of Chicago The Musical, 9 to 5 the Musical and Waitress.
“Being a new company, we have created a new ethos. We are hands-on and hearts in. Jones Theatrical Group is the investor/producer team that can manage all aspects of main stage theatre.Suzanne Jones
Transparency and ‘make it happen’ skills are the cornerstone to how we work. Moreover, Jones Theatrical Group has investors in for the long haul and the next haul.”