EXCLUSIVE: Nick Jonas is in talks to play Frankie Valli in a streaming event performance of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Jersey Boys, sources said Monday. I’m hearing that the event will be produced by Bohemian Rhapsody‘s Graham King and the original Broadway producers the Dodgers, with Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio. It hasn’t been set up yet, but I’m hearing a landing place at a streamer is anticipated, as Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton became an event on Disney+ last year. The package is coming together quickly as a PG-13 undertaking.
Jonas will sing the song catalog that Valli and the Four Seasons built up in a show that traces his origins from Newark to the top of the charts in the ’60s. Jonas is part of the hitmaking Jonas Brothers, who’ve earned three consecutive No. 1 albums and have sold out shows throughout three continents. The band’s return to making music began with the 2019 single “Sucker,” which hit No. 1, and the subsequent album Happiness Begins topped the charts and went platinum, leading to a tour that sold 1.2 million tickets. Jonas’ self-titled solo album included the triple-platinum single “Jealous.”
As an actor, Jonas turned heads with a gritty performance in starring in the 2016 Sundance Film Festival hazing drama Goat and co-starred with Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan in Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and the sequel, Jumanji: The Next Level. He also appeared in the Roland Emmerich-directed WWII film Midway. He will continue in his second season as a coach on The Voice and next stars in Lionsgate’s postapocalyptic thriller Chaos Walking with Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland. Next up is the AGC Studios’ action thriller The Blacksmith opposite Laurence Fishburne.
Jonas continues to be represented by Philymack, UTA and Schreck Rose. Valli and the Four Seasons are repped by APA.