Nick Jonas begins his run tonight as window-washer-turned-business-sensation J. Pierrepont Finch in the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, relieving Glee star Darren Criss (whose three-week stint ended on Sunday to very favorable financial results).
Jonas is the third to inherit the primo part, following Criss and original star Daniel Radcliffe (all three of whom performed the role at some point during the month of January). Also joining the cast tonight is Ugly Betty star Michael Urie as the lazy, nepotistic Bud Frump.
This marks the fourth time that Jonas will play a Broadway stage, having long played the role of the precocious young boy in productions of Les Miserables (as Gavroche), Beauty and the Beast (as Chip), and the revival of Annie Get Your Gun (as Little Jake). But How to Succeed will be Jonas’s first foray into leading-man territory, and after mixed reception of his performance in the Hollywood Bowl’s 25th anniversary concert of Les Mis, the pressure is on for Jonas to prove his worth on the stage.
My colleague Thom Geier described outgoing star Darren Criss’s fans as “a squealing sisterhood of teenage girls,” but if there is any performer whose fan-following rivals that description, it’s Jonas. If you’re lucky, you can join the gaggle of fans and snag tickets to the show at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, where Jonas is contracted through July 1.
Anxious to see how the youngest Jonas fares? Check out three clips of his performance exclusively here at EW.com: