Nick Jonas to Star in 'Hairspray' Revival
18-year-old pop-rock vocalist tweets about his excitement over role
Superstar Nick Jonas, originally from Wyckoff, will perform in a three-day revival of Broadway’s award-winning musical “Hairspray” this summer to the delight of fans and Twitter followers.
Unfortunately for frenzied local fans who may have wanted to catch a glimpse of the 18-year-old pop-rock vocalist on a Broadway stage, the shows will be in Hollywood, Calif.
Still, Jonas is hoping some of his local fan club might make the trip. In announcing his “Hairspray” role on his Twitter page last week, Nick tweeted, “Hey everyone! I am so excited to play Link Larkin in Hairspray at the Hollywood Bowl in August. Who's gonna come?”
Jonas will perform in the Broadway reprise Aug. 5-7 alongside an all-star cast of “Hairspray” originals and musical newcomers, including Harvey Fierstein, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Drew Carey, John Stamos, Corbin Bleu, several “American Idol” alums and others.
Based on the 1988 John Waters film, “Hairspray” the musical opened on Broadway in 2002 and won eight Tonys, including one for best musical, out of 13 nominations. The show closed in 2009.
Tony winner Jerry Mitchell, who choreographed the original production, will direct and choreograph the three-day Hollywood Bowl show in August.
Jonas, who was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes at the age of 13 and has since become a national spokesman for the cause, became the first of the brothers to debut a solo album when he released “Who I Am” last year. The album peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.
His older brother, Joe, will release his solo single “See No More” on Friday, with the full album set to hit stores in September.
Raised by singer/songwriter parents in Wyckoff, the Jonas brothers caught their first break when Nick’s vocals got the attention of executives from the Daylight/Columbia label. Since their debut album “It’s About Time” in 2006, they’ve put out five top 10 albums and together sold more than 8 million albums worldwide. Their last studio project “Lines, Vines and Trying Times” peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2009.