“Not only is Shonn Wiley one of the small handful of true triple threat performers in the city, but he is one of an even smaller group that can hold an audience in the palm of his hand for an entire one-person musical." An actor, Shonn “brings enormous warmth, commitment, and sensitivity to a role that needs it. He succeeds brilliantly. As an actor, singer, and dancer, he manages to be charming and riveting at the same time.”
2010 was an incredible year for Shonn. After closing out his run as Bob Gaudio in the Chicago company of Jersey Boys, Shonn and fellow castmates, Michael Ingersoll, Michael Cunio, and former Jersey Boys alumi Christopher Kale Jones started the group Under the Streetlamp. Under the Streetlamp is not just an incredible evening of music and laughter; the project moves forward with a mission. The band creatively join forces with performing arts venues and not-for-profit organizations across the country in an effort to raise significant funds for causes ranging from arts in education to fighting cancer, leukemia, and AIDS. Under the Streetlamp is overjoyed to report that the project has recently surpassed the two million dollar mark in raised charitable contributions. Check our website for details.
He was also seen as Anthony Hope in the Barrington Stage production of Sweeney Todd, and served as Choreographer. Shonn had the privelage of performing for Stephen Sondheim at the final performace of Seeeney along side Harriet Harris, Jeff McCarthy, and Ed Dixon. He was then asked to Choreograph the new musical Pool Boy in the Barrington Stage Developmental Lab which is chaired by Award Winning composer William Finn. The was directed by Daniella Topol.
2009 started with Shonn finishing his critically aclaimed run as Jack Donahue in the Off-Broadway production of My Vaudeville Man at the York Theatre. He was also nominated for both the 2009 Lucielle Lortel Award, and The 2009 Drama Desk Award for his Choreography for My Vaudeville Man. He then joined the Chicago Cast of Jersey Boys as Bob Gaudio. Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune says, "...a new Gaudio in Shonn Wiley, another very skillful young actor...Wiley, an excellent singer, has that cultural separation down, which contrasts nicely with the sentimentality of the authorized book." Shonn appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show as a member of Jersey Boys.
Shonn started 2008 off wonderfully with his unexpected debut as the title character in Candide at New York City Opera. That same month he filmed a scene opposite Isla Fisher in the up-coming Disney movie, Confessions of a Shopaholic. Shonn was then seen as the “impossibly patient lover” Tom Trainor in City Center Encores! No, No, Nanette. In October, Shonn will begin rehearsals for the new off-Broadway musical My Vaudeville Man at The York Theatre. The show was originally seen last year in the New York Music Theatre Festival, titled Mud Donahue & Son. Shonn will reprise the role of Jack Donahue and also serve as co-choreographer. For more information and to hear songs from the up-coming album visit www.myvaudevilleman.com
2006 and 2007 proved very busy for Shonn as he wrapped filming on the teen-slasher movie Redhook (2009), Co-Starred in Stairway to Paradise opposite Kristen Chenoweth for City Center Encores!, starred as the male lead in the upcoming movie Tiny Dancer (2009), and helped develop the conspiracy web-series titled Code Name:.
In the summer of 2005, he co-starred in the musical Ragtime as Younger Brother at the Paper Mill Playhouse. After a successful run Shonn then originated the title role in the one-man musical The View From Here by composer/lyricst Timothy Huang. The show is described as such: A nameless novelist arrives in New York
intent on getting his first book published. As he recounts his daily misadventures in a series of letters to his girl back home, we see through his eyes the colorful eccentric, vibrant and wildly bizarre characters that make up his new life, and the tragic events that make up his old one. The View From Here received many festival citations and a subsequent cast album was produced.
In 2001, Shonn made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award Winning Revival of 42nd Sreet. He was a proud member of the original cast and the understudy of the juvenile lead Billy Lawlor. A role he performed numerous times. Shonn was then asked to star in a groundbreaking production of 42nd Street in Moscow. He was the first American actor to perform in an English speaking musical in Russia.
He returned to Broadway in 2004 orginating the role of "Dr. Jack Seward" in Dracula The Musical at the Belasco Theater. During that same time Shonn made his television debut on CBS's Guiding Light in a recurring role as "Young Josh Lewis".
Shonn Eric Wiley was born on May 18th in the small mid-western town of Adrian, Michigan. Growing up the older of two kids, Shonn excelled in sports as well as theater. His father Herb, a tap dancer himself, enrolled Shonn in dance classes at the tender age of five. From the very first class, Shonn’s love for performing was evident. While most fathers and sons were playing catch on the front lawn, Shonn and his dad were watching old movie musicals and trading steps.
Shonn's second home in Adrian Michigan was the Historic Croswell Opera House. For 141 years it has stood in Adrian's downtown and continues to be the center for the arts in Lenawee County. His adolescent years were spent performing in musicals, playing organized sports, teaching young kids theater and dance as a member and faculty of Centre Stage Productions, and making films with his friends.
Upon graduating from Adrian High School, Shonn traveled to Pittsburgh, PA, where he attended Carnegie Mellon University on scholarship. Carnegie Mellon was a great place to further his studies in contemporary and classic theater and continued to develop Shonn into more than a musical theater performer. He received a BFA from the School of Drama and was also the recipient of The Thomas Auclair Memorial Scholarship and The Adelyne Roth Levine Memorial Award in Acting.