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By admin • October 21, 2015 • 0 Comments

Broadway’s Jeremy Jordan (NEWSIES, SMASH, BONNIE & CYLDE) stars as Winslow “Winn” Schott in the new action-adventure drama SUPERGIRL, premiering Monday, Oct. 26 (8:30-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The series co-stars GLEE’s Melissa Benoist and Tony Award winner Laura Benanti.

Today, Jordan speaks exclusively to BWW about the highly anticipated new series, and shares why he’s “itching” to come back to theater as soon as he can.

SUPERGIRL is getting so much buzz and we’re so excited for it to get underway.
Well thank you. I am too!

Were you always a comic book fan or did you have to do some research before filming began?
Well I’m a little bit of a comic book nerd, not the biggest but certainly a fan of the superhero genre for sure. But yeah, I did a little bit of research before the show, but with these kinds of things, it’s all about reinventing the characters. You see a lot of that with comic books – people will start new storylines and give their own take on how these people became who they are.

As most superhero fans already know, your character Winn Schott is known to eventually become a villain in the comic book universe. Is that the plan for him in this series?
Well from what you’ll see in the series, at least what we’ve done so far, my character does share the name of an infamous villain in the DC universe but he is far from that. He’s a nice, good-hearted happy-go-lucky kind of fun, nerd, maybe even a little socially awkward, but he certainly has only the best intentions in the world. We will find out a little more about him as the season goes on, we’ll see that there’s a lot more than what’s on the surface. I’m not sure what the eventual arc will be – they never tell us those things!

And in the pilot episode, there is certainly a hint that he hopes for a romantic relationship with Kara.
Well, I think in the first few episodes, it’s sort of established that these two people don’t really have many friends, so BWW Interview: Jeremy Jordan Talks New Series SUPERGIRL & Morethey kind of consider each other best friends, even though it’s really just a working relationship. He’s clearly head over heels for her and I don’t think that she quite gets that. I don’t really think that she has considered that possibility from him, so it’s certainly one-sided at this point.

The chemistry between you and Melissa is terrific. Did you know each other before filming began?
No, I met Melissa at the chemistry read, I didn’t know her at all before that. But she’s wonderful, a great actress and a really great person and genuinely fun to be with, and a good person to have on our team.

Why did you decide to make the move to TV at this time?
Well, I’ve always wanted to go back and give television another shot after SMASH ended, and start something from the beginning. Last year I came into pilot season and got close with a couple of things but nothing caught. And then the whole FINDING NEVERLAND debacle happened and I needed to find an escape, a different kind of path for myself, so I came back out to L.A. for pilot season and tested for a few things and this is the one that caught. And this was definitely my favorite project that I was up for, so I’m grateful that it’s the one that worked out.

I mean I wasn’t specifically looking to become a TV star, things were a little slow in the theater world and so you go where the work is, and during pilot season there’s hundreds of job openings. So I was just vying for one of those. But I’ll come back. I’m already itching to come back to the theater. If they’ll have me.

Well that’s great news! This summer you had your first experience at Comic Con. What was that like?
Oh that was so crazy. We were out in San Diego and I walked the floor the first day while I still have the anonymity to do so. So it was crazy, overwhelming and a lot of fun. We did this panel in front of thousands and thousands of people, you know it was kind of surreal.

I’m interested in seeing what it will be like next year after our show, fingers crossed, is a hit, because it’s like an anticipated sort of thing. This year nobody really knew the answers to what they were asking because all we had really done at that point was shoot a pilot. But it was still a lot of fun.

And if you think about it, those fans are not much different than theater fans as far as their loyalty and their depth of knowledge about the actors and shows that they love.
Oh yeah. I mean it’s definitely a different breed but very similar in the devotion and sort of holding what they love dear, which I think is very similar to the theater crowd. But also, by the same token, aside from the few sour pusses here and there, everyone was just so excited and so happy and really pumped for something new. You know so often you hear a lot about the negative things, and as an actor that’s sometimes what you remember. But with this, there is overwhelmingly more positive reaction and the fans are just really excited and grateful to have some of these properties that they love being turned into television shows. Shows that they will be able to cherish for hopefully a few more years to come. And I’m one of them, let’s be honest, so I would be equally as pumped.

I was thinking, with you and Melissa and Laura [Benanti] in the cast, is there any chance we may see some singing, maybe in a “Special Christmas Episode” or something like that?
[laughing] Oh jeez, I don’t know, maybe down the line after we’ve established ourselves as a hit show, we can take those kinds of risks. But at this point there is nothing like that so far. I don’t think you’ll be seeing Laura’s character and I doing a Christmas duet in some crazy strange alternate universe any time soon!

Well we’ve seen crazier musical episodes of TV shows before, so you never know.
That’s very true, that’s very true.

Well best of luck with the series, I think it’s going to be a big hit, but by the same token, we’re thrilled to hear that you hope to be back on Broadway in the near future.
You know what, fingers crossed, me too! Hopefully they’ll be something, however small, there are no small parts as they say. So yeah in some shape or form I’ll be back as soon as I can. Well see what happens next – it’s always an unexpected crazy adventure!

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By admin • August 20, 2014 • 0 Comments

By admin • August 16, 2014 • 0 Comments

Just found this good interview that somehow got by me a month ago!

Despite the seeds of confusion Jennifer Hudson’s musical cameo at this year’s Tony Awards ceremony may have planted, Jeremy Jordan (not the pop diva) will be starring in the new musical adaptation of the popular Johnny Depp film Finding Neverland. And although its coming-out party was hosted by the Great White Way, the production isn’t on the schedule for the new Broadway season — not yet at least.

Best known for his Tony-nominated turn in Broadway’s Newsies and his role on the NBC series Smash, Jordan will star as Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie in the production at Cambridge, Massachusetts’ American Repertory Theater. Beginning performances July 23, the story follows Barrie’s developing relationship with the family that inspired his most famous fictional character.

Tony-winning director Diane Paulus (who is also the artistic director of the A.R.T.) and Emmy-winning choreographer Mia Michaels have teamed up with composers Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and book writer James Graham on this imaginative production — hopefully giving it the running start it needs to follow in the footsteps of the A.R.T.’s former residents, which have included the Tony Award-winning productions of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Pippin, and All the Way, as well as this past season’s celebrated revival of The Glass Menagerie.

Jordan took some time in the middle of the tech-week craze to speak with TheaterMania about the new musical, which he could only tentatively describe as “Seussical-meets-Spring Awakening” brand of of quirky storytelling mixed with a contemporary pop score.

Were you familiar with the film before you auditioned?
I had seen the movie a long time ago when it first came out, though to be honest I remember liking it but I didn’t remember much about it. When I read the script I got really excited to get to play a fun, strange, quirky character as opposed to the sort of charming leading straight man that I tend to play a lot…He’s a little more odd — more like me. [laughs] It is a big testament to Diane and the creative team’s faith in me, not having seen me take on that sort of character before. I’m having a blast. I love it.

I saw on Instagram that you’re currently occupying Bryan Cranston’s old dressing room from when the A.R.T. was doing All the Way. How does that feel?
I guess it is his old dressing room. There’s a little dry-erase board sitting in the corner on the floor with a message. It’s pretty surreal. I don’t know if somebody left a message for him, but I definitely think I’ll do it when I leave. Even if he started it, hopefully it will become a tradition. No matter who leaves you a message…but the fact that it was Bryan Cranston is pretty awesome.

Both the director Diane Paulus and choreographer Mia Michaels are known for their extremely out-of-the-box creativity. How has their partnership affected the piece?
It’s fantastic. They’re two of the most creative people I’ve ever met. You don’t really see many musicals going to the strange places that we’re going to. And because we’re telling a story about Neverland, which is this land that has no real rules and is make believe, a lot of that energy is getting put into our show — especially during musical moments. We’re allowed to take risks and go to strange places and delve deep into J.M. Barrie’s mind and see what kinds of weird things are happening inside there.

Is there any one particular aspect of J.M. Barrie’s character that you and Diane have been focusing on in rehearsals?
His brother died when he was eight and as soon as that happened, his mother began to detach herself emotionally. He always remained sort of stunted from that point in his life on. He was very short [and] he was asexual…at least outwardly. He had to grow up too fast and all these childhood notions still lived inside of him. What we’re really focusing on in the show is how that’s brought out of him when he meets this family that becomes the inspiration for Peter Pan. If you read some of his plays before Peter Pan, they’re very intellectual and funny and really smart but when you finally get to Peter Pan, it’s like another person. He suddenly begins to use his imagination in ways that most people can’t even begin to tap into once they enter adulthood or pass the age of fourteen. He finally gets to live his childhood through this family.

How has all of this informed your performance?
All of that stuff is at the core of it, but then we get to play and do fun things because there is so much that we didn’t know about him. There are no video archives of him in the early 1900s. Nobody really knows what he sounded like or what was really going on inside his head. We’re given freedom to create all that for ourselves.

Why do you think J.M. Barrie and his Peter Pan character are so endlessly fascinating to people?
[They] really encourage people to use their imagination and to remember what it was like to be in that place in your life when anything was possible. Although I will say that I probably watched a lot more Hook than I ever did Peter Pan. Maybe that will be the sequel to Finding Neverland. [laughs]

What was it like watching Jennifer Hudson sing your song at the Tony Awards?
That was at the end of the first week of rehearsals, so it was still very new. It was really exciting to watch the boys and Melanie [Moore] from our cast do the choreography and get to play around on the Tonys. Of course I was a little sad that I wasn’t up there with them. But at the same time, it’s a lot of pressure to go on the Tonys, especially when you’ve only been with a role for a week. So I was fine with just getting to sit back and watch and hope people get excited about our show. Although I hope people don’t get the idea that Jennifer Hudson is in our show. We would welcome her if she wanted to join, but I think she’s probably got other plans.

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By admin • July 17, 2014 • 0 Comments

“West Side Story” works. “Rent” works. “Finding Neverland”? TBD.

That’s why Jeremy Jordan sounds exhausted. He’s just emerged from an eight-hour rehearsal, as this world premiere musical gets hammered into shape at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge. That means cutting a reprise here, reworking some choreography there and learning the three pages of dialog that were just rewritten.
Meanwhile, opening night looms; “Finding Neverland” runs July 23 to Sept. 28 at the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge.

“It’s exhausting,” says Jordan. “It’s demanding in all sorts of ways. The first act is physically demanding. The second act is more emotionally demanding. And then you figure that I’m onstage for almost the entire show – I leave for only about seven minutes total.”
That’s because this is his story. Jordan plays J.M. Barrie, the Scottish author of “Peter Pan.” “Finding Neverland” traces the unique and inspiring story behind the creation of the iconic Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. Divorced, Barrie meets and becomes friends with the widowed Sylvia Llewelyn Davies and her four young sons. Barrie’s creative and spirited relationship with the boys helps plant the fertile seeds of “Peter Pan.”

Read the full interview under the cut!

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By admin • May 31, 2014 • 0 Comments