Jeremy Jordan (stage actor)

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Jeremy Jordan
Jeremy Jordan at the premiere of Joyful Noise 2014-02-23 00-13.jpg
Jordan at the premiere of Joyful Noise
BornJeremy Michael Jordan
(1984-11-20) November 20, 1984 (age 29)
Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
OccupationActor, singer, dancer
Spouse(s)Ashley Spencer (m. 2012-present)
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Jeremy Jordan
Jeremy Jordan at the premiere of Joyful Noise 2014-02-23 00-13.jpg
Jordan at the premiere of Joyful Noise
BornJeremy Michael Jordan
(1984-11-20) November 20, 1984 (age 29)
Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
OccupationActor, singer, dancer
Spouse(s)Ashley Spencer (m. 2012-present)

Jeremy Michael Jordan[1] (born November 20, 1984)[2][3] is an American actor and singer. He has performed on Broadway and in television and film, as well as in other theatrical productions. He is best known for the roles of Jack Kelly in the 2012 musical Newsies and Clyde Barrow in the 2011 musical Bonnie & Clyde.

Early life[edit]

Jordan was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. His parents divorced when he was young, and he lived in low-income housing, with his brother, Joey, sister, Jessa, and mother, Debbie (née Stone).[4] Jordan is Jewish on his mother's side (her parents' families had immigrated from Russia, Latvia, and Lithuania).[5][6] He was a "straight A student",[4] and graduated from Mary Carroll High School, where he was an active member of the choir. Later, he graduated from Ithaca College, where he earned a BFA in musical theatre.[7]


Jordan sang as a teenager, also beginning to act in high school.[8] In 2008, he starred as Alex in The Little Dog Laughed at Hartford Theatreworks, for which he received a Connecticut Critics' Circle nomination.[9] Later the same year, he played Tom Sawyer in Big River at the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut. He appeared in the Broadway cast of Rock of Ages in 2009.[10] He also made a 2008 television appearance, guest starring on NBC's Law & Order: SVU in the episode "Streetwise".[11]

Jordan starred as an alternate for the leading role of Tony in the 2009 Broadway revival of West Side Story.[12] He also starred as Clyde Barrow in the 2010 pre-Broadway Sarasota, Florida tryout of the new musical, Bonnie & Clyde by Frank Wildhorn and Don Black.[13] He debuted the role of Clyde when the show opened on Broadway on December 1, 2011.[14] The show closed on December 30, 2011 after 36 performances.[15]

Jordan played Jack in the stage version of Newsies at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey in September and October 2011.[16]

He starred in the Warner Bros. film Joyful Noise, opposite Queen Latifah, Keke Palmer, and Dolly Parton. The film opened on January 13, 2012.[17][11]

Jordan reprised the lead role as Jack Kelly in Disney's Newsies on Broadway, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, and book by Harvey Fierstein.[18] Newsies opened at the Nederlander Theatre on March 29, 2012. For the role, Jordan was nominated for the 2012 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.[19] He was nominated for a 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album as a principal soloist on the Newsies original cast album.[20][21]

It was announced in June 2012 that Jordan would be joining the cast of NBC's Smash for season two playing Jimmy. He initially filmed episodes for Smash while simultaneously performing in Newsies[22] until it was announced in August 2012 that his final performance in the musical would be September 4.[23]

Jordan played Jamie Wellerstein in The Last 5 Years, a film adaptation of the musical of the same name. Filming began in June 2013, and the film is scheduled for a February 2015 release date.[24]

He appeared in the Stephen Sondheim and Wynton Marsalis staged concert A Bed and A Chair for Encores! at New York City Center from November 13 through 17, 2013, along with, among others, Norm Lewis and Bernadette Peters.[25][21]

In December 2013, Jordan appeared in Hit List, a concert presentation of the fictional musical created for the second season of Smash.[26]

Personal life[edit]

Jordan has been married to actress Ashley Spencer since 2012.[8]

Broadway credits[edit]

2009Rock of AgesSwingBrooks Atkinson Theatre
March 17, 2009 – December 13, 2009
2009West Side StoryTony (alternate)Palace Theatre
December 16, 2009 – October 10, 2010
2011Bonnie & ClydeClyde BarrowGerald Schoenfeld Theatre
November 4, 2011 – December 30, 2011
2012NewsiesJack KellyNederlander Theatre
March 15, 2012 – September 4, 2012


2012Joyful NoiseRandy Garrity
2015The Last 5 YearsJamie Wellerstein
2008Law & Order: Special Victims UnitDoug WalshenEpisode: "Streetwise"
2011Submissions OnlyLevi MurneyEpisode: "The Miller/Hennigan Act"
2013SmashJimmy CollinsLead role (17 episodes)
2013ElementaryJoey Castoro[27]Episode: "Solve for X"

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryNominated WorkResult
2013Grammy AwardBest Musical Theatre Album (principal soloist)NewsiesNominated
2012Drama League AwardDistinguished PerformanceBonnie & ClydeNominated
Theatre World AwardsOutstanding DebutWon
Tony AwardBest Performance by a Leading Actor in a MusicalNewsiesNominated
Drama Desk AwardOutstanding Actor in a MusicalNominated
Drama League AwardDistinguished PerformanceNominated
Outer Critics Circle AwardOutstanding Actor in a MusicalNominated


  1. ^ "The Cry Of The Strip!: "Rock of Ages" Class of '09 - Jeremy Jordan". 2009-03-12. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  2. ^ "Jeremy Jordan - Broadway Theatre Credits, Photos, Who's Who". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  3. ^ Cohen, Patricia. "Just a Little Moonlighting on Broadway", The New York Times, September 15, 2011
  4. ^ a b "Meet Jeremy Jordan, the Broadway star of Disney's 'Newsies'". NY Daily News. 2012-03-25. Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  5. ^ "Twitter". Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  6. ^ "Jeremy Jordan - Celebrity Ethnicity". Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  7. ^ "West Side Story, Jeremy Jordan '07". Retrieved 2014-07-04. 
  8. ^ a b Wontorek, Paul. "Get to Know Broadway’s Next Matinee Idol, Newsies and Bonnie & Clyde Star Jeremy Jordan",, September 22, 2011.
  9. ^ "Photo Preview: The Little Dog Laughed at Theater Works Hartford",; accessed August 19, 2014.
  10. ^ Jeremy Jordan
  11. ^ a b Jeremy Jordan at the Internet Movie Database
  12. ^ "West Side Story's New Tonys",
  13. ^ Handleman, Jay. "Bonnie and Clyde Steal the Show", Sarasota Herald-Tribune, November 21, 2010
  14. ^ "'Bonnie and Clyde' Guilty AS in Pleasure"; accessed August 19, 2014.
  15. ^ Heller, Scott (December 16, 2011). "Bonnie & Clyde Will Close on Dec. 30". The New York Times. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Disney's Newsies, The Musical", Papermill Playhouse; accessed October 12, 2011
  17. ^ Wood, Mark Dundas. "Choir Content: Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton to Make Joyful Noise",, November 19, 2010.
  18. ^ "Cast Creative Team"; accessed August 19, 2014.
  19. ^ Index; accessed August 19, 2014.
  20. ^ "Grammys 2013 Complete List of Nominees and Winners",; accessed August 19, 2014.
  21. ^ a b Jeremy Jordan at the Internet Broadway Database
  22. ^ "Jeremy Jordan, 'Newsies'"; accessed August 19, 2014.
  23. ^ "Corey Cott Will Succeed Jeremy Jordan in Broadways 'Newsies'",; accessed August 19, 2014.
  24. ^ Gioia, Michael. "Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick Will Explore The Last Five Years On Screen in Richard LaGravenese Adaptation". Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  25. ^ Suskin, Steven. "Stephen Sondheim and Wynton Marsalis Offer a Comfortable Bed and a Chair at City Center",, November 14, 2013
  26. ^ "Jeremy Jordan, Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus, Carrie Manolakos Bring "Smash" Musical Hit List to Life Dec. 8-9 at 54 Below". Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  27. ^ "Elementary: Season 2, Episode 2 : Solve for X (3 October 2013)". Retrieved 2014-07-04. 

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