When Las Vegas staples The Bronx Wanderers open their new Jonathan Tessero-helmed show at Ceasar’s Linq Hotel and Casino later this month, it will mark the end of a busy 14 months for the multi-hypenate Music Director and Arranger turned Creative Producer and Director. In that time, and in addition to providing The Bronx Wanderers with an all new physical production and story structure, he has also directed and produced the creative for two Broadway shows, produced and directed Bianca Ryan’s America’s Got Talent: The Champions appearances and ensuing hit single, and led the development of a major production show celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock which he will stage in Italy later this year. And that’s all in addition to the new musical he was the music producer and music director of for music legend Ron Dante and the creative and executive producing company that he runs on a day to day basis which has supplied live events for top-tier companies like Harrah’s/Ceasars Entertainment, Coca-Cola, Chase, The National WWII Museum, SMG Worldwide, Ford, and Time, Inc.
He has directed and produced the creative for live shows that have starred American Idol Winners Ruben Studdard and Candice Glover, The Voice Winner Josh Kaufman, America’s Got Talent Winner Bianca Ryan, Celebrities Clay Aiken, Boris Kodjoe, and Kaitlyn Bristowe; a documentary starring Angela Lansbury and Branford Marsalis; and the 18th edition of a music festival that would attract headliners Beyoncé, Maxwell, Janell Monáe, Brandy, Keyshia Cole, Trey Songz, Jill Scott, Faith Evans, Solange and its biggest audience to date: 540,000 people. In 2015, he was referred to as “ever-capable” by LA BEAT for the additional material he authored with comedy legend Barry Humphries for Dame Edna’s Glorious Good-Bye’s North American Tour, for which he was the on-stage pianist and music director.
The New York Times called his direction of Ruben and Clay’s Christmas Show on Broadway “Really Funny” and the show “A Christmas Miracle”, Theater Scene called his direction “expert”, the script “skillful”, and the company “marvelous” with DC Metro, Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda, and Whoopie Goldberg all touted the the show as “Hilarious” and “A Must See”. His Stars of Christmas tour played Broadway as Home for the Holidays in 2018 with Showstopper VIP calling it “Broadway’s No. 1 Christmas Show”, METRO listing it as a “Top 10 New York City Christmas Event”, and The New Yorker referring to it as a “victory lap” for competition show winners. His direction was praised as “excellent” by Black Tie Magazine who “enjoyed every minute of this enchanting show” and arrangements touted as “lush and lively” (Howard Shapiro), with Zeal NYC and WABC both hoping the show would become a holiday tradition. His music direction and conducting of pops and theater orchestra presentations around the world has also garnered him accolades by the likes of Paul Myrvold’s Theatre Notes (“The Music Direction by Jonathan Tessero is exemplary.”) and The Buffalo News (“He shows much promise and, on the podium, cut a fine, impeccably starched figure.”).
He was the Creative Director for the scenic compounds from which every live CBS asset would broadcast their coverage of Super Bowl XLVII, earning the network an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Studio Design/Art Direction; his live-orchestra-to-film tour sold out two performances of London’s Royal Albert Hall during its six-week European Arena and month-long Australian Theater Tour; the music director and arranger of a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade segment starring Emmy Nominee Titus Burgess; has directed the media assets for the opening season presentation of an NBA team, a 12-story-tall projection map installation, and the Christmas experience of a 10-acre casino and family resort; and built the creative departments and authored the business plans, loan documents, and business development efforts for two major production services and gear rental companies.
A consummate musician, he has played fine Yamaha Pianos at home, on stage, and in the studio… since he was three years old and is a graduate of New York University’s Music Business Program. While he claims to live in Los Angeles he spends an awfully lot of time on airplanes headed to other places.