The Jonas Brothers took up residence on Broadway with Blast From Past


“Clearly this theater is not used to rock concerts,” Nick Jonas roared from the stage. “The stage lights can’t hit us because you’re all on your feet.”

He was right: Broadway’s Marquis Theatre, home to acclaimed but underrated hip-shaking musical productions like “Tootsie” and “Beetlejuice.” not used to 1,600 jumping, screaming fans over two hours. Still, the infrastructure of the venue will be tested during the Jonas Brothers’ five-night residency on March 14-18. (We ask this lovingly: Can the mezzanine support five nights of bouncing concert goers?)

Photo: Cole Gentry

One of the limited-participation nights, where each show focused on one album in the order of release, took the audience back to its earliest days with their 2007 self-titled album “Jonas Brothers” and successfully kicked off the week of performances. . The guest artist program is Saturday with “A Little Bit Longer” (2008), “Lines, Vines and Trying Times” (2009) and “Happiness Begins” (2019) before culminating with their first live performance of the band’s newest album “The The”. continues to the day. Album” was dropped on May 12.

On that note: “Obviously we’re not good at coming up with anything. [album] After the trio ripped up some of their earliest hits like “SOS” and “Hold On,” Joe Jonas joked. And even though it’s been more than 15 years since Nick, Kevin, and Joe reworked some of the songs that made them superstars, there were only two rumors: Their pants were a little looser and their voices were much stronger.

Photo: Cole Gentry

They brought a rock vibe to Broadway and kept the crowd on their toes throughout the entire show – with the exception of the 15-minute break (on Broadway, after all) – as they began “Here We Go”. Hello Beautiful” and “Australia”. But whether they’re playing a pop anthem or a ballad, the crowd’s energy has never been shaken: This is partly because if you haven’t heard JoBros’ first discography in a while, a surprising number of studio tracks encourage the audience to clap. together. And of their six albums, their sophomore album and star-studded breakthrough, “Jonas Brothers,” has arguably the most recognizable songs, so attendees didn’t need an invitation to lose their voice by screaming at every single track.

“We haven’t played some of these songs in 13-14 years,” Nick teased, “if we screwed up…”

Kevin finished his younger brother’s thought: “We’re sorry.”

But if there were mistakes, they were mostly hidden by the memories that songs about young loves and first kisses brought back for both the audience and the siblings. The show was filled with fascinating anecdotes about where and when the three wrote the songs for the album, and began with a dramatic reading by three unidentified actors from the group’s as yet unpublished memoir “The Book.” Their sophomore album, “Jonas Brothers,” came out shortly after a barely charted debut and leaving their first label.

“We’ll take you on our journey,” Nick promised, “of which you’re all largely a part.”

It’s not entirely clear why the brothers chose to play this show on Broadway, though they would certainly have been able to sell the larger venues on back-to-back nights – “This is a very intimate place for a Jonas Brothers show,” Joe observed; It “feels pretty cool” – but the convenience was a delight for fans, allowing the trio to joke with the crowd and each other and experiment with sound in ways that might not work in larger rooms. “I love your voice,” Joe told Nick after receiving creative liberties that were well received in the “Hello Beautiful” ballad.

Photo: Cynthia Parkhurst
Cynthia Parkhurst

The night was kind of a homecoming for Nick, as he previously starred in 2001’s “Annie Get Your Gun” with Reba McEntire at the Marquis Theatre. And for Kevin, the evening was his Broadway debut.

“You’re doing great so far,” Joe assured her.

“Thanks,” said Kevin, with roaring applause. “I’m nervous.”

Inevitably, the evening was largely about nostalgia—although before the hiatus there was a hilarious anachronistic moment in which Nick encouraged the audience to “get drunk,” it was something that his almost entirely young fanbase in 2007 certainly couldn’t condone. And on a closer look, the band shifted to the present, playing newer hits like “What a Man Gotta Do”, “Jealous” and “Sucker” and set it up for another four nights of rocking memory lane.

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