It’s finally official: Jeremy Jordan will reprise his Paper Mill Playhouse role as head paperboy Jack Kelly (the Christian Bale part) in Broadway’s upcoming adaptation of Disney’s cult hit Newsies. It’s a casting move that was long rumored, but jeopardized when Jordan was still starring in last fall’s Bonnie & Clyde. That show’s early close on Dec. 30 freed him up for Newsies limited Broadway run, which starts previews at the Nederlander Theatre on March 15 (opening night is scheduled for March 29).
If you’re not a Broadway aficionado, and you don’t know Jordan (or his singing voice) from starring roles in West Side Story and Bonnie & Clyde or his recent cameo in the audition-themed web series “Submission’s Only,” then you might recognize him from the ubiquitous TV spots for the Queen Latifiah-Dolly Parton choir film, Joyful Noise, that hits theaters tomorrow. He plays Parton’s grandson, the nice-looking boy teaching Keke Palmer how to sing it loud and sing it proud.