The only thing ordinary about Jeremy Jordan is his name. The young actor is often confused with Jeremy Jordan, the recording artist with a fleeting career in the early 1990s, and Jeremy Jordan, the male porn star.
This Jeremy Jordan snagged a Tony Award nomination starring in the Broadway production of Disney’s “Newsie,” a role in NBC’s “Smash” and currently voices Varian in the animated series “Tangled” and can be seen on the CW in “Supergirl.”
“I had to break through some barriers and reclaim my name,” he joked.
Jordan, a 33-year-old Texas native who graduated from Ithaca College in New York with a degree in musical theater, doesn’t get to play a superhero, but the talented singer, dancer and actor is bound to become a superstar.
“I’d love to play a superhero someday,” he said in a telephone interview from his Christmas vacation in Texas. “I never get to do any of the green screen (special effects) stuff and I can’t say that I’m not a little bit jealous.”
When that role does come around, Jordan hopes the character will be “really cool, or maybe even a little bit of a dork.”
If he were given the choice of a super power, “I’d definitely want to fly. You can do so much when you fly,” he said, “or maybe I’d want to be able to make money out of thin air.”
After a short pause, Jordan laughed and reconsidered, “Maybe not that one. It kind of makes me sound cheap.”
His role on “Supergirl” has earned the actor scores of fans across the country (including LGBTQ fans, thanks to prominent lesbian characters and storylines), but his heart remains on the stage.
“There’s nothing like it. The stage is as close to the actor’s medium as you can get, You’re out there every night, delivering the entire story to a live audience,” Jordan explalined. “With TV, you shoot a scene, you forget it, only to hear about it again six months later.”
“In theater, you go through constant rehearsals, perfecting it, tweaking it every night. You’re in control as an actor, it’s on your shoulders…there’s a connection with the audience. It feels more real, more immediate, more impactful to the actor. I think any actor would say (they prefer) theater over any other medium.”
On Saturday, Jan. 6, Jordan will open the Broadway Concert Series at the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale. Over the course of two hours, he will discuss his experiences on Broadway and in Hollywood, and sing many of his favorite songs with Sirius XM host Seth Rudetsky at the piano.
He won’t fly across the stage, but his voice is certain to soar through the theater and thrill the audience. Now, that’s a real super power.
Jeremy Jordan opens the Broadway Concert Series with Seth Rudetsky on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. at the Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets start at $23 at ParkerPlayhouse.com.