Disney Camp Rock Jonas Brothers Broadway Road To Success
Whether you are among the crowd memorizing the lyrics to “This Is Me” or “We Rock”, or if you are completely new to the Jonas Brothers phenomena; this weekend will likely guarantee that everyone will be talking about the Jonas Brothers band this summer. The Disney hit television broadcast of the Jonas Brothers movie “Camp Rock” is pulling in “High School Musical” size ratings, and though time will tell about the long term viability of the group, there is no question that at this moment the Jonas Brothers band is IT.
The young band has a direct Broadway connection that goes all the way back to when leader Nicholas Jonas was just seven years old, and found himself cast in his first Broadway show. His Broadway credits include alternate roles in ”Annie Get Your Gun,” Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Les Miserables.” He even appeared in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of “Sound of Music, ” where one critic described him “are every bit as adorable as the script requires, without overdoing it.” The path Nick Jonas travelled was soon followed by Joseph who appeared in the Broadway production of “La Boheme” directed by Moulin Rouge director Baz Lurhmann. He was cast as part of the children’s chorus that famously tramps across Puccini’s classic opera.
The Broadway connection for the Jonas Brothers band even includes getting a link to their first recording gig. During “Beauty and the Beast,” Nicholas Jonas wrote a song with his father called “Joy To The World (A Christmas Prayer)” which was recorded for the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Carols for a Cure, Volume 4. The single became a hit in 2003 on Christian radio, and the brothers have not looked back.
Does this mean Disney will bring “Camp Rock” the musical to Broadway in a Stew-like concert/show? Who knows. Stranger things have happened.
Photo: Musicians Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas and Kevin Jonas from the band Jonas Brothers attend the “Camp Rock” premiere on June 11, 2008 at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. Credit Dimitrios Kambouris/Wireimage.com