Jeremy Jordan

When "Newsies," adapted from the 1999 Disney film, opened last fall at New Jersey¿s Paper Mill Playhouse, word drifted back across the Hudson River that a star had been born. That assessment was seconded when the 27-year-old Texas-born actor was tapped to play Clyde Barrow in the ill-fated Broadway musical version of "Bonnie and Clyde." Once that show closed, Jordan was free to reprise his role of crusading newspaper boy Jack Kelly. With his velvety voice and classic good looks, Jordan — Constantine Maroulis' understudy in "Rock of Ages" — the Tony nominee for lead actor has sparked a persistent question: Is this guy the next Hugh Jackman?

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When "Newsies," adapted from the 1999 Disney film, opened last fall at New Jersey┬┐s Paper Mill Playhouse, word drifted back across the Hudson River that a star had been born. That assessment was seconded when the 27-year-old Texas-born actor was tapped to play Clyde Barrow in the ill-fated Broadway musical version of "Bonnie and Clyde." Once that show closed, Jordan was free to reprise his role of crusading newspaper boy Jack Kelly. With his velvety voice and classic good looks, Jordan — Constantine Maroulis' understudy in "Rock of Ages" — the Tony nominee for lead actor has sparked a persistent question: Is this guy the next Hugh Jackman?

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