Jeremy Jordan, the triple-threat performer who starred in Newsies and Bonnie & Clyde, is returning to Broadway in Christopher Demos-Brown’s new play American Son. Jordan will join the previously-announced Kerry Washington, Steven Pasquale, and Eugene Lee in the production which begins performances at the Booth Theatre on October 6, 2018, toward a November 4, 2018 opening, Tony-winning director Kenny Leon will helm the production.
Jordan, who completes the company as “Officer Paul Larkin” will be originating his first dramatic role in a Broadway play. He is perhaps best remembered as originating the role of Jack Kelly, the strike-organizing newsboy in the Disney musical Newsies, for which he was nominated for a 2012 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He played Clyde Barrow in the 2011 musical Bonnie & Clyde. Other Broadway credits include Rock of Ages and West Side Story. Film audiences will remember him for his roles in The Last 5 Years, A Joyful Noise, and for reprising his Newsies role in the theatrical release of Disney’s Newsies the Broadway Musical. For television, Jordan played Jimmy Collins in Season 2 of the Broadway-inspired Smash, and is a series regular on Supergirl, playing Winslow Schott, Jr.
“I’m thrilled for the opportunity to join this remarkably talented group of artists. I’ve been dying to return to Broadway for quite some time, and American Son is everything I could ask for: challenging, timely, intimate, and a vast departure from anything else I’ve ever done,” says Jordan. “What I love most about this piece is that from the moment the lights come up, it forces us to listen. Even when we disagree, even when we know we must be right, it reminds us we still have to listen to each other, and for some reason, that’s something I think we collectively decided to stop doing a long time ago. I’m very excited to be joining Kenny Leon and this fantastic cast to tell this incredibly important story.”
American Son is described as follows: “DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR CHILDREN ARE? A Florida police station in the middle of the night; a mother searching for her missing teenage son. American Son is a gripping tale of two parents caught in our national divide, with their worst fears hanging in the balance.”
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com