Pop superstar Nick Jonas of boyband Jonas Brothers made his London stage debut last night (21 June 2010) in Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre in London.
Supported by his brothers, Joe, Kevin and Frankie Jonas, and parents Denise and Paul Jonas, Nick, 17, wowed the audience at the Queen’s Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue with his performance as Marius Pontmercy.
In the long-running show, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, his character falls in love with Cosette, played by Camilla Kerslake, a 21 year old classical singer from London who is signed to Gary Barlow’s Future Records.
Nick’s father Paul said on Twitter yesterday: “Nick told me when he was 11 and in Les Miz that he would return someday to play Marius. Today is the day. Your family is proud of you”. And following the show he posted, “Nick was amazing tonight in Les Miz. He blew everyone away. Great to be with the whole family for this wonderful life event”.
Fans who watched the show tonight Laura Jonas-Noyes who said on Twitter: “I am SO proud of Nick. Cried at the end!” Nick posted on his own Twitter page said: “What a night. First show was amazing. Thanks to everyone for the good luck messages. Congrats to all my cast mates”.
Nick will be playing the part of Marius for the next three weeks. He said recently in London that: “There’s pop music and then there’s theatrical style music and I’m just getting used to that mind set. And trying to re-learn how to sing like that has been interesting and a lot of fun as well.”
Nick Jonas will also join the cast of 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.
Nick Jonas is a member of globally successful boyband Jonas Brothers. 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.
Nick and his brothers are currently performing a major series of concerts across the US. 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.
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