Jeremy Jordan can’t seem to stay out of the news. The star of the recently closed Broadway musical Bonnie and Clyde, the recent film release Joyful Noise, and the upcoming Broadway musical Newsies, the 26 year old actor has moved from one project to another, putting his formidable talents to use onscreen and on the Great White Way.
In Joyful Noise, Jordan co-stars with Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah and Keke Palmer in a story about two women facing off over a small-town local choir competition. Jordan plays a rebellious drifter who is the love interest of Palmer’s character.
Singing onstage is nothing new to Jordan, but singing onscreen was. He said the experience was very different, and also enjoyable.
“It’s definitely different,” he said. “You have to pre-record all your stuff as well because when you cut it all together, in any take there’s 30 different angles. It has to match up perfectly. But there’s a lot of things, at least for performance scenes, that were very similar. You just go out there and portray the character and you sing from your heart and you hope that the film captures you as much as the stage does.”
Acting with Hollywood names like Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah was a great experience for Jordan, who described the women as “very open and kind and humble to us…they just felt like one of the group.”
Working with them made him feel both nervous and excited.
“When I met them and they were so great, I became more excited and less nervous. The nerves were more trying to figure out how I was going to make the transition to film and hope I could do it some justice.”
Jordan will be seen next at the Nederlander Theater on Broadway, starring as Jack Kelly in the new musical Newsies. a stage adaptation of the Disney movie, the show made its world premiere at the Papermill Playhouse in New Jersey in the summer of 2011 and Broadway previews begin March 15, officially opening on March 29. Jordan said he expects the Broadway staging to be similar to the original production at the Papermill.
“With musicals, unlike movies, you get a chance to try them out and tweak them before the final product. I don’t imagine there will be that many changes,” he said. “I know they’re rewriting a few songs and probably switching around some scenes. But no drastic changes. Our rehearsal process is very short so I hope they haven’t changed too much because we don’t have a lot of time to learn new stuff!”
Jordan is thrilled to continue performing with Newsies, which retains most of its off-Broadway cast.
“I’m psyched. I loved the movie when I was a kid. I loved doing it at Papermill. It was such a short run up there that we didn’t feel like we were finished yet. We’re certainly not. “