Youngest Jonas Brother Making West End Debut in 'Les Miserables'
After millions of albums sold and a very successful concert tour, the Jonas Brothers will be losing their youngest member for a a few weeks. Beginning June 21, Nick Jonas will be returning to his acting roots when he takes over the role of Marius for a three-week run in the West End production of Les Misèrables, according to Playbill.com.
Prior to his career as one of the Jonas Brothers, Nick Jonas was a child actor who appeared as the boyGavroche during the last months of Les Misèrables’ Broadway run. According to the Daily Mail, Nick, now 17, will also appear in the show’s 25th anniversary in London.
Producer Cameron Mackintosh pushed for Jonas to return to the show as Marius, and after discussions between Mackintosh, Nick Jonas, and Jonas’ father, the three agreed to put the young star back on the stage. Jonas even left his two brothers on the Jonas Brothers concert tour in order to join the play, and “has bent over backwards to fit it all into his schedule,” Mackintosh told the Daily Mail.
This impressive showing of loyalty to the show that started his star career shines a very positive light on Nick Jonas. I have never been (and probably will never be) a fan of the Jonas Brothers, but a lot of credit should be given to young Nick. He is continuing to broaden his career by becoming a part of one of the most popular musicals in recent history for a second time. Jonas is therefore showing his dedication not only to the show, but also toward his love for theater.
What do you think? Are you excited to see Nick return to the stage again? Or do you want him to just focus on his career with the Jonas Brothers?
And for an inside look at casting director Tara Rubin's casting process -- including casting the original company of Les Misérables and holding auditions for its 25th anniversary tour -- check out this new "In the Wings" video from American Theatre Wing.
-- Will Bonesso