Now that pop star Nick Jonas has wowed audiences as J. Pierrepont Finch in the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, there’s another ‘60s-era musical he’d like to try on for size: Jersey Boys. Jonas, who was born in Wyckoff, New Jersey, is of Italian descent, so it’s no wonder he’d feel right at home playing Frankie Valli, a role based on the real-life headliner of legendary pop group, the Four Seasons.
“Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys would be a great one,” Jonas recently told Broadway.com in his upcoming Ask a Star feature. “It would be a fun role.” After touring the world with hit pop group the Jonas Brothers, it’s safe to say that Jonas can relate to the Broadway tuner, which tells the international success story of Frankie Valli and his Billboard-topping band. He even played fictional '60s crooner Link Larkin in the Hollywood Bowl's production of Hairspray in 2011.
Jersey Boys opened November 6, 2005 at the August Wilson Theatre. The smash production won three 2006 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. John Lloyd Young originated the role of Frankie Valli and garnered a Tony Award for his performance. The musical features classic Four Seasons songs, including “Sherry” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” Broadway vet Jarrod Spector currently stars as Frankie Valli.
While Jonas may have Valli on his bucket list, Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth has another great musical in mind for the pop star: Mame. Chenoweth recently tweeted that she'd love to play the show's title character opposite Jonas as her young nephew Patrick. Jonas responded that he is more than game for the potential project! Check back on Broadway.com for Jonas' full Ask a Star video to find out if he answered your questions!