I know this isn’t the promised “Sleazy” analysis. Deal.
Confidential to caelestis albinus bibaculus: this one’s for you, kid.
Boy, am I glad he’s not engaged. #stopreadingthoserumorsLadyG #itsbadforyourhealth
Congratulations to Tara Rubin Casting; you may have just scored the biggest hat trick* of your career. After all of the media types have finished blogging about this, please take the week off. You deserve it. (As a fangirl tangentially in the industry, I’d like to add: OMG CAN I WORK UNDER YOU????)
Those of you who don’t stalk Broadway.com might not know what I’m referring to. Here, have some links from reputable sources in the lamestream media:
And one excited link from fan media, just ’cause:
*Tara Rubin has signed three talented young heartthrobs of similar coloring and build to the starring role in a Broadway revival within months. This thing is already a box-office juggernaut for its tax bracket. Every tweenmag is probably “hiring” another 5 PR interns right now just to track her movements. They should give out casting awards.
What the Media’s Saying and Why I Disagree
The role of J. Pierrepont Finch, a window cleaner who rises through the ranks of the World Wide Wicket Company, calls for singing, dancing and, of course, acting. “The score is amazing, the music is absolutely incredible,” Jonas said. Perhaps because of the scope of the role, Jonas said that “I’m considering it my first Broadway experience.” — WSJ
The WSJ arts analysis has always been written by and for Old White Suburbanites, most of whom seem to have definite tastes but not a whole lot of industry knowledge or industry-common sense. Pre-Murdorch-takeover, I’d be inclined to believe that he actually said this, but check out what the NYT wrote (and what I already knew to be true):
Years before he was a teen pop heartthrob, Nick Jonas made his Broadway debut as the youngsters Little Jake in “Annie Get Your Gun,” Chip in “Beauty and the Beast,” and Gavroche in “Les Miserables” — three roles he credited for developing his voice for his band, the Jonas Brothers. The acting bug stayed with him, though, and he took the supporting role of the love-smitten revolutionary Marius in the London production of “Les Miserables” last year.
Yeah, somebody involved with the WSJ piece lied, and I don’t think it was Nick. Although maybe they took his quote waaaay out of context.
ETA: WHOAH, did not watch the end of that video before I posted it. NSFW, guys. I can’t believe the same Disneylebrity who used to wear a chastity ring was OK with this. Wonder if all the tweenyboppers picked up on what she’s doing.
I fully believe this boy has the chops to succeed. If you love Broadway, get over your (deserved) anti-JoBro bias. Talented Jonas has always been talented, and he’s about to leave Slimy Jonas and Married Jonas behind in the dust. Good riddance.
Is That Show Sexist?
Yeah, probably. I know M Marian thinks so, and I hope you expound upon it here, darling. I haven’t seen How To Succeed, but the original soundtrack includes titles like “A Secretary Is Not A Toy”…
I have a lot of emotions about the song “Brotherhood of Man”, but they can basically be summarized as follows:
Non-hazing, roofie-free fraternities are a positive good for American culture. I have close friends in several different fraternities who give me hope and I have also had long conversations with them about this. Feminists have been historically leery of large groups of drunk white men for good reason, but NOT ALL MEN ARE BAD. (Yes, it gets tiring to have to say this.)
I HATE YOU; DANRAD 4EVAH!!!!
Look, I think Mr. Radcliffe was adorable at the Tony Awards and by most accounts he seems to have won over lots of viewing hearts in this production. But he’s not a natural dancer or singer, which is why — despite what I’m sure were fervent fangirl dreams — he didn’t get a Tony nod for simply deigning to grace Times Square with his presence. He tested the theatrical waters with Equus first; if he’d started with a musical, his “serious” acting career would be going nowhere right now. DanRad is getting excellent career guidance from someone right now (probably his father: LINK), but he’s not a triple threat and shouldn’t stay on Broadway forever. Then you wouldn’t get to see him in movies again any time soon!
Bottom Line: if you love DanRad, you’ll let him go. Nick is a uber-qualified replacement who is actually more natural at this. And DanRad didn’t originate the role, anyway. It’s a revival.
I HATE YOU: DARREN 4EVAH!!!
I’m a StarKid too, relax. I miss the floppy curls and giggle at his goofy facial expressions and sigh during fan videos of his concerts. Not only have I seen Little White Lie, I bought the soundtrack on iTunes. Duder’s A Spy is currently one of my most played songs on iTunes, ever since I lost a lot of my collection this summer and had to make do. I cannot WAIT until he’s released from Glee Hell either, but I am kinda considering buying The Warblers album because I’m a sucker for all-male a cappella.
Darren > Daniel, absolutely. I won’t go as far to say that Nick > Darren, both because I’d be lynched and also because Darren has the age factor on his side. (Nick will be 19 very soon, folks. Don’t you feel old, now?)
Bottom Line: I wish Darren had more time on Broadway, but I wouldn’t be able to see him in January anyway. Let him do the whole LA-TV-movies-rockstar thing and he’ll come back to his theatrical roots when he’s good and ready. Plus I’d rather have him rehearsing A Very Potter Threequel; wouldn’t you?
Why Do You Keep Calling Him “Talented Jonas”?
Why are you still reading?
If you have to ask, I doubt another link will convince you, but here you go.
The song below is from Nick pre-JoBros — which, BTW, everyone involved acknowledges was formed solely because the IndustryBrains liked how his voice sounded when flanked by his brothers. He was Nicholas Jonas back then, and all the recent fan-comments persuasively argue that he gives early!Biebs a run for his money.
Aaaaaaaand here’s my favorite interview with him Of All Time, which I found and bookmarked to-blog-about a few weeks ago. This proves that I have a Spidey Sense about soon-to-be-publicly-relevant celebrities, right? Right?
Predict His Future, LadyG!
Well, his solo band is doing its thing right now too, and since Married Jonas is Married, when Mrs. Married Jonas pops out a baby I imagine the JoBros will officially disband for a while. That gives Nick the chance to shine even more brightly while Slimy metamorphoses into a lounge singer/pedo!proselytizer . He’ll be back on Broadway, for sure. If we’re looking to child-star archetypes, I’m thinking he’ll be a non-Mormon Donny Osmond. Although I bet he wants to be a straight Neil Patrick Harris. (I want to DO a straight Neil Patrick Harris.) When he finishes puberty, etc. we’ll see if he can eventually become a more whitebread Hugh Jackman or Harry Connick, Jr.
As for his political aspirations (go watch The View clip, srsly), I wouldn’t dismiss those just yet. He’s got looks, charisma, talent, and a great set of handlers. I doubt I’d agree with his opinions but I’d love to watch him debate when he’s older. Just as long as he doesn’t turn into Scott Baio, the putz. And I reserve the right to call him Senator Jonas in the future should he get too ridiculous. If he actually makes it to Congress, I’ll send him flowers or something.*
And by the way, I adored Jack and Bobby. I was one of like 6 people to be sad when the WB cancelled it.
*Not a binding contract, people.
Is He Single?
Good on him for landing an older woman. Dating the female Disney Channel heartthrobs causes nothing but trouble; everyone knows that. Plus it gives us ancient cougar fanbloggers hope. (j/k, still saving myself for Sterling Knight. Email me, Ster!)
I don’t want to talk about Miley in this post. He was in way over his head with that one.
[[There is a gay pun here on the tip of my tongue. CAB, put it into words for me. Innuendo only, please — nothing too explicit.]]
Anyway, I’m glad this casting happened. It’s directing media attention to all the right people and productions. Except for Elisabeth Hasselbeck and, inevitably, Slimy Jonas.
I have family in the area and if I make it to NYC in the spring, I’ll try to find cheap seats for this. Hopefully his contract gets extended, although his schedule is probably tight enough that it won’t. I absolutely promise to review it here if I get to go.
Finally, there wasn’t a better section to put this link, but it definitely deserves a mention:
Think I’m going to ignore “Sleazy” for a little while longer. Kreayshawn is next; she’s newer, more controversial, and more complex.
Now it’s time for your thoughts! So have I convinced you or do you still irrationally hate his face? Can you think of a bit of relevant Broadway history that I didn’t mention? If you’re a JoBro fan and you found us via Google, welcome! My posts are intended for people ages ~17+, but if you play nicely with the big kids, you can stay.