PHOTO CALL: Nick Jonas and Michael Urie Debut in Broadway's How to Succeed
By Matthew Blank
Pop star Nick Jonas punches the clock as J. Pierrepont Finch in the Broadway revival of How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying starting Jan. 24 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. "Ugly Betty" star Michael Urie also joined the cast as office brown-noser Bud Frump.
Primarily known as one of the Jonas Brothers, the hit band he formed with his two siblings in 2005, Jonas started his Broadway career in the revival of Annie Get Your Gun, made his West End stage debut as Marius in Les Miserables in 2010 and was part of the Hollywood Bowl staging of Hairspray as Link Larkin.
Jonas is the third leading man to take on the role of Finch in the 50th anniversary revival of How to Succeed. "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe opened the production in March 2011 for a ten-month run, and was succeeded by "Glee" actor Darren Criss, who concluded a limited, three-week engagement Jan. 22. Jonas is contracted with the production through July 1.
Urie made a name for himself as as slick office assistant Marc St. James on the ABC comedy series "Ugly Betty" has appeared Off-Broadway in The Cherry Orchard, The Temperamentals and Angels in America. He succeeds original revival cast member Christopher J. Hanke (Cry-Baby, In My Life), who played his final performance Jan. 22.
The principal cast also features Emmy, Golden Globe and Grammy Award winner Beau Bridges (Who's Who in Hell, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, "The Descendants," "The Fabulous Baker Boys") as J.B. Biggley, Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Tammy Blanchard (Gypsy, "Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows") as office bombshell Hedy La Rue, Rose Hemingway (Parade at the Mark Taper Forum) in her Broadway debut as Rosemary Pilkington, Rob Bartlett (Chicago, Little Shop of Horrors) as Twimble/Wally Womper, Mary Faber (American Idiot, Avenue Q) as Smitty, Ellen Harvey (Thou Shalt Not, The Music Man) as Miss Jones and Michael Park (Middletown) as Bert Bratt.
How to Succeed opened on Broadway March 27, 2011, at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. The musical has a score by Frank Loesser, with a book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert. Tony Award winner Rob Ashford directed and choreographed the production.
For tickets, priced $52-$132, phone (212) 239-6200 or visit Telecharge. The Al Hirschfeld Theatre is located at 302 West 45th Street.
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