— Darren Criss at the Outfest Legacy Awards (October 13, 2012)
“Our final bow! Thank you Broadway!” (x)
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying star and New Jersey nativeNick Jonas recently told Broadway.comthat he aspired to play fellow pop star Frankie Valli in Broadway’s Jersey Boys. Broadway.com caught up with Jersey Boys choreographer Sergio Trujillo to ask his opinion on Jonas stepping into the leading role of the smash Tony-winning tuner.
“I’d love to see Nick Jonas play Frankie Valli,” said Trujillo. “I work very closely with the Frankies, [and] I welcome all those guys—Nick Jonas and Darren Criss. I think it’s a really wonderful role; it’s very layered and it’s a very challenging role physically, emotionally and, of course, vocally. I think it’d be wonderful for him.”
Jersey Boys opened November 6, 2005 at the August Wilson Theatre. The hit production won three 2006 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. John Lloyd Young originated the role of Frankie Valli and earned a Tony Award for his performance. The musical features classic Four Seasons songs, including “Sherry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” Jarrod Spector currently stars as Broadway’s Frankie Valli.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will present the 15th and grand finale edition of THE BROADWAY BEARS, the annual Broadway auction of teddy bears dressed in museum-quality outfits based on original costumes and created by acclaimed designers on March 18, 2012.
These adorable bears first arrived on the auction block in 1998 and have since raised $1,816,900 for health clinics, healthy meal programs and hundreds of other much-needed social service organizations supported nationwide by Broadway Cares.
With a bear for every taste, this year’s bumper crop represents some of Broadway’s most beloved and memorable characters autographed by Broadway’s biggest stars, including Hugh Jackman, The Book of Mormon creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and the show’s Tony-nominated leading men Josh Gad andAndrew Rannells, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess stars Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis, and many more.
The official auction isn’t until March 18th, but the bears are already up for viewing and pre-bidding here. The current leading bid for the H2$ bear is $1,450.00
For more information about BroadwayCares and their Broadway Bears fundraiser, check out their official site.