Harry Connick Jr., Nick Jonas Set for BROADWAY TALKS Series
92nd Street Y has announced that Jordan Roth, President of Jujamcyn Theaters, continues the new season of his popular interview series, "Broadway Talks with Jordan Roth," with Harry Connick, Jr. (On a Clear Day You Can See Forever) on Tuesday, February 7th at 8:00 p.m. and Nick Jonas (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) on Sunday, March 4th at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are from $29 and are available at www.92Y.org/BroadwayTalks or by calling 212.415.5500.
As always, an audience Q&A will follow the conversation. Questions for Mr. Connick and Mr. Jonas can be submitted prior to the event to Mr. Roth via twitter at twitter.com/jordan_roth.
A presentation of 92nd Street Y, "Broadway Talks with Jordan Roth" features illuminating one-on-one discussions between Mr. Roth and Broadway luminaries. Previous conversations have featured Liev Schreiber, Laura Linney, Sean Hayes, Nathan Lane, Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer, David Hyde Pierce, Elaine Stritch, Patti LuPone, Daniel Radcliffe, Bono and The Edge, Harvey Fierstein and Angela Bassett.
Harry Connick, Jr. is among today's most successful and multi-talented artists, who has garnered acclaim in both the music and acting arenas. He is no stranger to the New York theater scene. In addition to his starring role in On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, he returned to Broadway during the summer of 2010 for 15 sold-out performances of Harry Connick, Jr. In Concert at the Neil Simon Theatre. His previous Broadway performances include the Tony-nominated turn as Sid Sorokin in the 2006 revival of The Pajama Game which was hailed by New York Post critic Clive Barnes as "absolutely sensational" and "a Broadway debut of legendary proportions." Connick had previously received a Tony nomination for Best Original Score in 2001 for Thou Shalt Not, directed by Susan Stroman, while his sold-out concert production Harry Connick, Jr. and His Orchestra - Live on Broadway was a highlight of the 1990 season. His love of music and performing dates back to his childhood in New Orleans, where he studied piano with such luminaries as James Booker and Ellis Marsalis. He first performed publicly at age five, appeared on his first recording at age ten, and released his self-titled major label debut for Columbia Records at 19, only a year after his high school graduation and his move to New York City. In the two decades since, he has released more than 20 albums, totaling more than 25 million in sales, and has received numerous music honors, including three Grammy Awards. He made his feature film acting debut in the World War II drama "Memphis Belle." His acting credits also include Jodie Foster's "Little Man Tate"; Jon Amiel's "Copycat"; "Independence Day," with Will Smith; "Hope Floats," opposite Sandra Bullock; "Mickey," written by John Grisham; William Friedkin's "Bug"; Richard LaGravenese's "P.S. I Love You," with Hilary Swank; "New in Town," opposite Renée Zellweger and 2011's "Dolphin Tale." On the small screen, ConNick Starred in the ABC presentation of the musical "South Pacific" and played the recurring role of Grace's love interest, Dr. Leo Markus, on the hit NBC series "Will & Grace." In addition, he won Emmy Awards for the PBS Great Performances concert specials "Harry Connick, Jr: Only You," and most recently for "Harry Connick, Jr. In Concert on Broadway."
Nick Jonas began his career on Broadway and is thrilled to be back. After being discovered as a child in a local New Jersey barber shop, Nick quickly landed roles in Broadway productions of Annie Get Your Gun, A Christmas Carol, Beauty and the Beast, and Les Miserables. While rising to fame as a member of the Grammy and Emmy-nominated band, the Jonas Brothers, Nick has continued to perform on some of the most prestigious live musical stages in the world. Nick's performance in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying will mark his fifth appearance in a Broadway show. His other Broadway credits include A Christmas Carol – the Musical, at Madison Square Garden; Annie Get Your Gun with Reba McEntire; Beauty and the Beast; and the final U.S. production of Les Miserables. In addition, Nick made his West End debut last year as Marius in the London production of Les Miserables. He reprised that role for the 25th Anniversary Les Miserables concert at London's O2 arena. His most recent undertaking brought him out to Los Angeles where he played the charismatic and charming Link Larkin in the Hollywood Bowl all-star production of the Tony Award-winning musical Hairspray. While staying active in theater, Nick has simultaneously pursued an impressive music career. The Jonas Brothers shot to fame in August 2007 with their self-titled debut album, which included the hit single, "S.O.S.," written by Nick. The song soared to #1 on iTunes and soon after the CD shot to #5 on the Billboard charts. The album was soon certified platinum. In 2008, the Jonas Brothers launched two sold out tours and established themselves as a touring and live concert phenomenon with both tours setting ticket sales records. The band released their critically well-received second album, A Little Bit Longer, which also hit #1 and sold over half a million units in the first week. With the release of that album, the Jonas Brothers became the first artist ever to have three albums on the Billboard Top 10 at once – Jonas Brothers, A Little Bit Longer and the Camp Rock soundtrack. The Jonas Brothers received their first Grammy nomination in 2008 for Best New Artist, and have won multiple awards from around the world, including an American Music Award, as well as multiple Kids' Choice and Teen Choice awards. In 2009, they released Lines, Vines and Trying Times, a global hit CD that spawned an equally successful world tour and became their second #1 album in one year. They also released their first theatrical film - Jonas Brothers: 3-D Concert Experience. The Jonas Brothers have sold a combined 8 million albums worldwide, garnered numerous gold and platinum album certifications, sold over 2.5 million concert tickets in 3 years, been featured on respected magazines including Rolling Stone and Billboard and have earned a unique place in the history of pop culture. Never one to slow down, Nick eventually launched a solo effort – "Nick Jonas and the Administration" -- a project that saw him bring together some of the industry's most accomplished and respected musicians. The result was a solo debut album, Who I Am, with ten strikingly soulful new songs that took Nick into new musical territories and saw him emerge as an even better performer, musician and songwriter. He is thrilled to be making a return to the Broadway stage and expanding his already extraordinary musical career.
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Jordan Roth is the President of Jujamcyn Theaters whose Current Productions include The Book of Mormon, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Jersey Boys, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and Lysistrata Jones. He also created Givenik.com, where theatergoers can purchase discounted tickets and give 5% of their ticket price to the charity of their choice.
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