US teen heart-throb Nick Jonas to star in Les Miserables at the Queens Theatre and O2 in London.
In a major coup for theatre impresario and Les Miserables producer Cameron Mackintosh, major pop star Nick Jonas will join the cast of the hit London show for three weeks, from 21 June. He will also join the cast of special one-off concert of the show at the o2 in London.
Member of globally successful boyband Jonas Brothers, Nick will play Marius in the London production of Les Mis.
17 year old Nick is no stranger to performing on stage, having played the role of Gavroche in Les Miserables on Broadway in 2003. He has also appeared in a number of other Broadway shows from the age of 7 years old onwards, including A Christmas Carol, Annie Get Your Gun, Beauty and the Beast and The Sound of Music.
Cameron Mackintosh, producer of Les Miserables, told the Daily Mail today that, “He and his father and I agreed that it would be great if he came and played Marius here in London.”
Nick and his brothers are currently performing a major series of concerts across the US.
Nick said today, “The amazing Cameron Macintosh reached out to me last year about portraying the role of Marius in London at the West End. When I was ten years old I was in Les Miserables as Gavroche. On my closing night in 2003 I told my parents that I would come back to be Marius one day. It is truly a dream come true. “I Dreamed a Dream” and they seem to be coming true”.
The Jonas Brothers, Kevin, Joe and Nick, released their first album, It’s About Time, in 2006, which spawned the TRL hit “Mandy”. Their next album, 2007’s Jonas Brothers, went platinum, as did their 2008 release A Little Bit Longer and 2009’s Lines, Vines and Trying Times. They found fame through the Disney Channel movie Camp Rock.
Les Miserables, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, is currently playing at the Queens Theatre in London as well as touring the UK. The tour will be coming to the Barbican Theatre in September starring Gareth Gates.
There will also be a special concert performance of Les Mis on Sunday 3 October at the O2 in London, featuring more than 300 actors and musicians, including Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Nick Jonas as Marius, Norm Lewis as Javert, Little Britain star Matt Lucas as Thenardier, Miss Saigon star Lea Salonga as Fantine, Jenny Galloway as Madame Thenardier, Camilla Kerslake as Cosette and the casts of the original production at the Queen’s Theatre, the UK touring production, including Gareth Gates, and members of the original 1985 London cast.
The news comes in the week that Mackintosh announced that his Broadway transfer of Hair would close early at the Gielgud Theatre in London. Originally booking until January 2011, the show will now end when the Broadway cast, who have all been brought over for the UK production, end their run in the show on 4 September.