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ARTICLE: Billboard – 21 Under 21: Music’s Hottest Minors 2012

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

No. 10: Nick Jonas

Last Year’s Rank: 8
Birthdate: September 16, 1992 (Age 20)

Why He’s Hot: Nick Jonas spent the beginning of 2012 on Broadway, where he replaced Daniel Radcliffe as J. Pierrepont Finch in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” Since then, the youngest Jonas Brother has reunited with his siblings, and the trio is back in the studio,making new music and preparing to go back on tour. His 2010 solo album, “Who I Am,” debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, but as Nick told the world in his brother Kevin’s E! reality show, “Married to Jonas,” he’s ready to bring back the band that made all three JoBros famous. The brothers have a sold-out Oct. 11 show at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall, and atour has been teased to follow. The new album could be out by the end of the year, as the JoBros have been using the hashtag #JB2012 to promote it.

Video Below: Nick Jonas sings “I Believe In You” on Live With Kelly

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ARTICLE: Ten Musicians Who Did Time On Broadway

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Broadway has been known to make both actors and singers into legends. However, due to what is known as stunt casting — which is essentially gimmickry in order to gain ticket sales — some musicians have headed to Broadway, if only for a short period of time. Here are some of the musical artists from various genres that have heeded the call of the Great White Way.

9. Nick Jonas

Before he was known as a member of the Jonas Brothers band and Nick Jonas and the Administration, Jonas was a musical theater actor. Since age 7, he’s starred in Annie Get Your Gun, Beauty and the Beast as well as served as a replacement most recently in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying as J. Pierrepoint Finch. For someone who is only nearing 20, that’s pretty accomplished.

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ARTICLE: BC/EFA Flea Market & Grand Auction Preview! VIP Tickets, Lunch with Lansbury, SMASH Set Visit, & More; Plus First Stars Revealed!

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Walk-on appearances in Broadway’s biggest hits, on-set visits to television’s most popular shows, lunch with Angela Lansbury, and the shirts off Hugh Jackman’s and Ricky Martin’s backs – literally – are among the priceless lots now available for pre-bidding as Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS presents the 26th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction.

Plan now to spend Sunday, September 23, 2012 with Broadway Cares and thousands of other theatre fans in Times Square, Shubert Alley, and along West 44th Street searching for one-of-a-kind theatre keepsakes. Held from 10 AM – 7 PM, this not-to-be-missed event for every Broadway theatergoer is free and open to the public and has been called one of the “Best Once-A-Year Markets” in New York City.

For an exclusive, sneak peek at the Flea Market, check out the video below!

Grand Auction items now open for pre-bidding on broadwaycares.org include:

-Walk-on roles and backstage experiences at The Book of Mormon, Bring It On, Chicago, Mamma Mia!, Newsies, Once, Rock of Ages, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, and Wicked

-VIP visits to the sets of TV’s Emmy Award-winning comedy “Modern Family,” hit drama “NCIS: LA” and the popular inside-theater drama “Smash” (with each show featuring its own Broadway stars-turned-TV-favorites)

-Shirts worn by Hugh Jackman and Ricky Martin during their Broadway performances, autographed and dated by each actor

-One-of-a-kind show memorabilia signed by Daniel Radcliffe, Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Nick Jonas, Hal Prince, Neil Patrick Harris, Sutton Foster, and more

-An unforgettable lunch with stage-and-screen legend Angela Lansbury, winner of five Tony Awards and three-time Oscar nominee and 18-time Emmy nominee

-Opening night VIP tickets and party passes to Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Anarchist (starring Patti LuPone and Debra Winger), Dead Accounts (starring Katie Holmes and Norbert Leo Butz), The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Kinky Boots, and Matilda, with more to be announced

-Musical phrases written by and signed by Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, Bob Gaudio and Frankie Valli, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Billie Joe Armstrong, Maury Yeston, and more

The always-popular Celebrity Autograph Table & Photo Booth will feature stars of stage and screen, including Harvey Fierstein, Cheyenne Jackson, Jeremy Jordan, Steve Kazee, Jan Maxwell, Bebe Neuwirth, Laura Osnes, Bernadette Peters and more. One of the most popular sites at Broadway’s “one-day sale,” the Celebrity Autograph Table offers fans the opportunity to get autographs and pose for pictures with their favorite stars from Broadway and Off-Broadway in exchange for donations to Broadway Cares. Celebrity appearances subject to change. For an up-to-date list, visit broadwaycares.org.

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ARTICLE: Top Five Musicians Who’ve Crossed Over to Theatre

Monday, May 28th, 2012

1) Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas specializes in making teeny boppers squeal for a living. But long before his teen heartthrob days, Nick was singing in plays like Les Miserables and Annie Get Your Gun. We guess it was only a matter of time before Nick hit the Broadway stage again with his role as “J. Pierrepont Finch” in, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. And even if you aren’t a fan of Jonas’ bow-tie and jazz hands, you gotta give the guy some credit for an energetic performance. We’re also glad that he took a break from his usual gig with rest of the Jonas Brothers and their seven-year production titled How to Succeed in Music Without Really Trying.

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ARTICLE: Music Review: Songs from How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (EP)

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Artist: Nick Jonas
Broadway Records
RRP: £6.99
BR-CD00212E
8 845017 07930
Available 08 May 2012

I don’t like the current crop of Boy Bands. One Direction, The Wanted, JLS – they all leave me cold. I wasn’t much of a fan of the bands of my era (from The Osmonds to Take That), although I have come to like them in my ‘old age’, So, the last thing I expected to enjoy was an EP of songs from How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, featuring the current lead on Broadway, Nick Jonas from another ‘bubble gum pop’ band, The Jonas Brothers.
But enjoy it I did.
It’s not a show I have much knowledge of. I saw a bad (VERY) amateur production in the early ’90s, and I think it scarred me for life. I’ve never actually listened to the original Broadway cast for that reason, or the Matthew Broderick recording of a few years ago. The current Broadway production also spurned a cast recording, starring Daniel “Potter” Radcliffe in the lead role of J Pierrepoint Finch, a young window cleaner who begins a meteoric rise from the mailroom, to the Vice President of Advertising at the World Wide Wicket Company.
Jonas, as I’ve said, is part of the boy band The Jonas Brothers, but has also had a foot on Broadway several times before, in Les Miserables, Beauty and The Beast and Annie Get Your Gun, all coming before he became famous with the JBs. Judging by this EP by Broadway Records, he should pop by more often. The EP is too short (5 tracks) – oh how I would have loved to have heard more. What is there is pure heaven. This guy can sing – REALLY sing – and his performances better those by Radcliffe on the full cast recording of this production. I’m assuming that the same orchestra tracks were used, but these also are top notch, and show off Besterman’s orchestrations to the max. Jonas isn’t alone on here vocally, we also get the chance to hear Rob Bartlett in the role of Mr Twimble and Rose Hemingway as Rosemary Pilkington, although both of these also appear on the aforementioned full cast recording, but never the less. shine here just as brightly.
Jonas is totally at home with the style, melodies and lyrics of the piece, and is certainly one to watch in future Broadway productions. It would be great to hear him do a Broadway album, or songs from the Great American Songbook, as he clearly has the voice, and the intelligence, to give them the treatments they deserve.
The CD design and production is top notch, and puts many full recordings to shame. It’s clear a lot of thought has gone into this release and it’s design, and Broadway Records should be pleased with the final product. I know I was.

10/10

Ian Gude

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ARTICLE: Nick Jonas Sings ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ Acoustic Set Video

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Watch Nick Jonas sing a medley of songs, including One Direction’s What Makes You Beautiful.

How did Nick do with the 1D hit?

Aside from the sing-along that sort of drowns out his performance, we’d say he’s right on the money.

In fact, we’d love to see the Jonas Brothers do a cover of What Makes You Beautiful! How great would that be?

Nick gave his fans the gift of song in between shows for the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying last Saturday, playing Jonas Brothers’ Love Bug and the 1D classic, as well as a little Bruno Mars.

He tweeted: “Did an acoustic set outside the theatre in-between shows today. #bestfansintheworld”

Love. Him.

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ARTICLE: 05/22/12 – Nick Jonas Ends How To Succeed To Standing Ovation; Surprises Fans With Performance!

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Nick Jonas completed his run on Broadway’s How To Succeed In Business Without Trying on Sunday, May 20, and we were lucky enough to be there. If you were able to catch any of Nick’s performances, you know he was just phenomenal as J. Pierrepont Finch; well, this last show was no exception–Nick and the entire cast (in particular Michael Urie) were incredible! Kevin Sr, Denise, and Frankie Jonas were all there supporting Nick as he performed song after song to applause and standing ovations.

At the end, Nick gave the audience a very special thank you, which you can watch here. We aren’t too proud to admit we got seriously teary eyed. So very proud of you, Nick!

At the very end, after most people had left, Nick gave a surprise performance of three songs outside the theatre, supported by his fans. Where you there at the show? At the post show? What did you think? Let us know here, or on the message boards.

Congratulations again, Nick!

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ARTICLE: JJR: Nick Jonas: Six Flags with Michael Urie!

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Nick Jonas and Michael Urie celebrate the end of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with a trip to Six Flags on Wednesday (May 23) in Jackson, New Jersey.

The Broadway group — which also included Abby Church and Michael Park — took on the park’s newest ride, Skyscreamer before hitting up the coasters: Nitro, Green Lantern and Bizarro.

“I had my last performance as Finch in @H2SBway last night. It was truly the ride of a lifetime,” Nick tweeted his goodbyes earlier this week. “I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to perform in the broadway stage with so many talented people each night. I will miss everyone at the Al Herschfeld theatre very much. Thank you to all of you the amazing fans for being so supportive. You are the best fans in the world. I am so looking forward to sharing all the exciting things coming up with all of you.”

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ARTICLE: Nick Jonas Among First to Ride SkyScreamer at Six Flags Great Adventure!

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

On SkyScreamer’s opening day, Nick Jonas was among the first to take flight on Six Flags Great Adventure’s new, 24-story-tall extreme swing ride. Jonas was joined by his former Broadway cast mates from “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” at the New Jersey theme park.

Jonas and the group then challenged the park’s stellar line-up of coasters including Nitro, one of the world’s top steel roller coasters, GREEN LANTERN and BIZARRO. Jonas delighted fans as he continually stopped for photos and autographs throughout the visit, and Tweeted, “Having an awesome time at six flags with friends!”

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ARTICLE: NY POST: Stars thrill Darby

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Bruno Mars and Nick Jonas, who ended his run in Broadway’s “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” last weekend, took to the stage to sing after dining at the Darby on Saturday night. They dined separately with friends before taking the stage for back-to-back performances. Mars sang his hit “Grenade” while Jonas followed with the Stevie Wonder classic “Superstition.” Both received standing ovations. Mars and friends feasted on seafood and red wine.

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Congrats to the cast & crew of “How To Succeed…” on your broadway run!

Monday, May 21st, 2012

As you may know Sunday, May 20, 2012 was the final performance for the broadway production, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. From all the staff members at Nick J Online, we want to congratulate each and every person who was part of the production on your broadway run. It was a pleasure for us to see the production live. Thank you for everything! We hope to see you all on stage soon. We want to also congratulate Nick Jonas on succeeding in his broadway run in the production, you made a fabulous F-I-N-C-H FINCH! :)

VIDEO: Nick Jonas “Rocks the Boat” at Surprise Middle School Visit

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

The cast of General D. Chappie James Middle School of Science (K634)’s production of Guys and Dolls, Jr. got a special treat last month when How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying star Nick Jonas stopped by the school in Brooklyn, NY to help coach the students. Appearing thanks to the Shubert Foundation and MTI Broadway Junior program, Jonas did dance and improv warmups with the kids, gave them notes to help improve their performances, and during a Q&A is coaxed into performing his hit “Camp Rock 2″ song, “Introducing Me.” For more information on Nick Jonas, click here.

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ARTICLE: Nick Jonas to Emcee Shubert Foundation/MTI Broadway JR. Student Celebration on May 29th

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

By Dan Bacalzo • May 17, 2012 • New York City

Nick Jonas, who currently stars in the Broadway production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying will serve as master of ceremonies for the Shubert Foundation/MTI Broadway JR. Student Celebration, to be held at the Shubert Theater on May 29 at 10:30am.

The event will feature hundreds of students from middle and intermediate New York City Public Schools in Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Manhattan, who will make their Broadway debut as the culminating event of the 7th annual Shubert Foundation/MTI Broadway JR. Student Program, a musical theater mentorship program which builds self-sustaining theater programs in public schools that have limited arts programming.

The students will perform a song from their school’s production of a student version of a Broadway musical, including Annie JR., Once on this Island JR., Disney’s Aladdin JR., Guys and Dolls JR., Bugsy Malone JR., Meredith Willson’s The Music Man JR., Dear Edwina JR., Fame JR., Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR., and Thoroughly Modern Millie JR.

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ARTICLE: NY Times – ‘How to Succeed’ Revival to Close

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

May 8, 2012, 7:00 PM
By ERIK PIEPENBURG

The suits at the World Wide Wicket Company are closing up shop. The Broadway revival of Frank Loesser’s 1961 musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” will close after its performance on Sunday, May 20, the show’s producers announced on Tuesday. It will have played 30 previews and 473 regular performances at the Al Hirschfeld Theater.

Nominated in 2011 for a Tony Award for best musical revival, the show has been struggling at the box office in recent weeks despite the star power of its leading man, the pop singer Nick Jonas, in the role of the executive J. Pierrepont Finch. Last week the show took in just $367,605 at the box office, or about 26 per cent of its potential gross at the Hirschfeld. It recouped its $9 million initial investment in December.

On Jan. 24, Mr. Jonas took over the role of Finch from Darren Criss, one of the stars of the TV series “Glee.” Mr. Criss performed the show for three weeks at the beginning of January after Daniel Radcliffe, the revival’s original Finch, departed the show in December. A spokesman for the production said that Mr. Jonas’s contract was to have run through July 1.

The news came on the same day that the producers of another Broadway musical, “Leap of Faith,” announced that it would close on Sunday at the St. James Theater.

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