Teen Beat, Broadway edition: Nick Jonas to star in 'How to Succeed...'


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The squealing should continue at Broadway’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre for the foreseeable future. On Jan. 24, Nick Jonas will take over the lead role in the hit musical revival How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He’ll be filling the dancing shoes of Daniel Radcliffe, who’s playing ambitious corporate-ladder climber J. Pierrepont Finch through the end of the year after winning mostly rave reviews (and the attention of legions of teenage fans) when the show opened last March. Glee star Darren Criss, a teen heartthrob in his own right, will portray Finch from Jan. 3-22, 2012, and then the youngest of the Jonas Brothers trio is expected to step in from Jan. 24 through July 1.

The 18-year-old New Jersey native is no stranger to musical theater. He made his Broadway debut in 2001 in the musical revival Annie Get Your Gun, then played Chip in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in 2002, and then young Gavroche in Les Misérables in 2003. The brothers have all been pursuing solo projects of late, and Nick has spent considerable time honing his stage skills. He played student leader Marius in London’s production of Les Miz for one month last summer, and starred as teen idol Link Larkin in a one-weekend-only run of Hairspray at the Hollywood Bowl last month.

UPDATE: At a press conference immediately following the announcement of his casting, Jonas talked about, among many other things, learning the challenging dance numbers required of playing Finch. Although he found Radcliffe’s performance of “Brotherhood of Man” a “little intimidating,” he’s practiced his moves starring in Hairspray. “I feel a little bit more comfortable with my body,” said Jonas. “I’m still trying to figure it out.”

Read more:
Darren Criss to replace Daniel Radcliffe in Broadway’s ‘How To Succeed In Business’
Daniel Radcliffe on the possibility of a ‘How to Succeed’ movie
EW’s review of ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ with Daniel Radcliffe

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  • KC

    Methinks girls aren’t screaming at any of the Jonas Brothers these days….

    • Jocelyn

      KC…you would be wrong there. Check out the number of followers on Twitter and Facebook. The Jonas Brothers have not released an album but the youngest Jonas has starred in Hairspray at the Hollywood Bowl and been writing and recording music for the last year. I assure you, they still have a HUGE fan base.

    • Regina George

      People are totally over the Jonas Brothers. I predict a flop.

      • Troy Soldier

        Nick Jonas is actually a decent young musican. He’s been carrying his no-talent brothers on his back all this time. I wish him luck in breaking free from them. I’m not sure if “How to Succeed…” is the best avenue for him to do that, but I’ll try to be open-minded about it.

  • Mike

    He was so awful as Marius in that Les Mis concert… And I’m sorry, but 18 is far too young to be playing Finch (Radcliffe is too young too, but still managed to be utterly charming in the part).

  • Julie

    Incredible choice! Most people don’t realize that he was called the Broadway Kid and still holds the record for most Broadway shows under the age of 10. We saw Nick Jonas’ performance in Hairspray at the Hollywood Bowl and he gave a stellar performance. He has the chops and the bio to back it up. The Broadway Kid is back.

    • Sarah

      I agree with you 100%!!! I just bought my tickets today to see him and couldn’t be more excited!!

  • Betty

    hmmm interesting. Kinda young for the part. I’ll reserve judgement until I see it myself if I can get tickets. bad thing about all this are that his fans might act unruly during performance. They don’t know how to act in that setting. they’ll want to bring in stupid signs that say “marry me Nick”. They better get a crash course in theatre going etiquette ASAP.

  • Jocelyn

    Nick Jonas had a five week run as Marius in Les MIserables on London’s West End. His theatre performance was excellent. No, he’s not Michael Ball, but anyone in that role would be compared to him. I found his performance in Hairspray a perfect match for his voice. Don’t prejudge until you have seen him in that, his vocals were incredible in Hairspray. I think he’ll be an excellent match for this role on Broadway. He already has five Broadway shows under his belt and is no stranger to the stage. His fans were respectful in London in the theatre setting, I have no doubt it will be the same on Broadway. He brings a ton of fanbase….nearly 10 mil followers on Facebook and almost 3.5 million on twitter. If you want tickets I’d book them early.

  • AC

    Terrible choice. I have a feeling that the show will be closing sooner than expected with him in the role.

  • Jim

    Great choice! He’s always been the most talented of the brothers. Those who dismiss him haven’t truly heard him sing or aren’t familiar with his background. He’s more experienced at Broadway than Danielle Radcliffe was when he took on the role. I’ll buy tickets.

  • sara

    I hate people who judge before seeing. Maybe Nick wasn’t the best marius but he did pretty good for a 18year old boy.He was amazing in Hairspray and when he was a kid he did a lot of Broadway show.

    Give him a chance!

  • ATW

    He made Les Mis painfull to watch. It was like letting a little leaguer play with the Yankees.

  • marian

    today is my birthday!! yay!!!
    i wish i live in the USA …. i know Nick will nail that role
    welcome back u Broadway Star!!!!!!

  • Fan

    Daniel is so wonderful in this production I just can’t imagine Nick coming close to his performance.
    I think Darren Criss should be very entertaining and was an excellent choice.

    • DTMc

      Daniel Radcliffe set the bar pretty high. I knew he was talented, but he really blew me away when I saw this show. I’m still mad that he didn’t get a Tony nomination. I like Darren Criss a lot, but he will probably suffer by comparison. As for Nick Jonas…I can’t picture it, but you never know.

  • Lisa

    Ew. He ruined Les Mis as Marius with his lack of ability to carry phrases and was clearly outshone by his female counterparts. Poor choice.

  • Bethany

    I would love to see Nick Jonas as Finch! I just saw How To Succeed a few weeks ago, and it was wonderful. Daniel Radcliffe was great and the rest of the players were as well. I particularly liked Chris Hanke as Frump! I think Nick will be great in the part!!

    • caroline

      Yay for a C.J. Hanke shout-out!! :D

    • LizzieK

      Which reminds me, I need to catch up with Frump Tower!!

  • Lana

    some will say that Radcliffe was nothing compared to Matthew Broderick to which I say he didn’t hold his own compared to the movie starring Robert Morse. It’s all about whose interpretaion you favor. Looking to see what a young adult Nick has to offer since his last appearance on the NY stage as a child star.

  • jana

    Great choice! Can’t wait to see hin in this play. Thought he did a good job as Marius in Les Mis. But was so impressed with how far he’s come in a year after seeing him in Hairspray last month.

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