Jeremy Jordan headlines S.F. cabaret act with extra-special salute to 'Newsies'
Last Edit: WaymanWong 03:50 am EST 02/21/24
Posted by: WaymanWong 03:34 am EST 02/21/24

Jeremy Jordan has been celebrating his 10th anniversary of his first cabaret show at Feinstein's at the Nikko in San Francisco. On Sunday night, the Tony nominee kicked off his soldout, 3-night run with Joe Iconis' ''Broadway, Here I Come!'' from his ''Smash'' TV show. He also teased what he'll be bringing to Broadway soon: ''The Great Gatsby,'' and sang his soaring Act I solo, ''For Her,'' by Jason Howland and Nathan Tysen. Because of this week's concert gigs (he's also in Costa Mesa, Calif., on Feb. 22), Jordan is missing the first N.Y. rehearsals for ''Gatsby,'' but says he's attending via Zoom in the mornings.

Jordan has always had a spectacular voice, but he's grown into such a stellar storyteller, weaving in his personal anecdotes. I really enjoyed how he set up his beautifully tender rendition of ''What Was I Made For?,'' Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell's Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated hit from ''Barbie.''

But the tour de force of the night was Jordan's funny, Reader's Digest re-enactment of ''Newsies,'' in which he played all the characters and sang snippets of all the Tony-winning tunes by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, while slipping in his quips. To me, he'll always be Jack Kelly, ''Once and for All.'' Bravo!

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