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One of Birmingham’s own is returning to center stage on Broadway. Jordan Fisher will be back in the spotlight for his starring role in Dear Evan Hansen. Keep reading to learn more.
Talent bred in Bham
Jordan & the cast of Dear Evan Hansen are reopening their smash hit on December 11th. Jordan, who was raised in Trussville, announced the show’s return on Good Morning America. The cast’s subsequent performance was riveting. I’ll have to admit: it almost made me buy a ticket for the opening night.
Since the beginning, Jordan Fisher’s had an exciting career. His showstopping talent started in Birmingham.
Smith honed his craft at Red Mountain Theatre, which he calls “my Julliard.” At Red Mountain, Jordan was a part of the pre-college conservatory program. He spent six years in the intensive program.
Surprisingly, things weren’t always easy for Jordan in the acting world.
Jordan continues to support Red Mountain Theatre. He contributes to the theatre’s financial aid programs, which helped him get his start. When he’s back in town, Jordan often pops in to say hello to Red Mountain Students. Imagine being a ten-year-old and seeing your hometown hero!
Early on, Smith landed his first starring role in South Pacific at the Virginia Samford Theatre. It was only the beginning.
Jordan moved to LA in 2011 to pursue his acting career. Since then, he’s landed roles in The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Liv and Maddie, Grease Live, Hamilton and more. Evan Hansen is his biggest role to date, but I’m sure there’s much more in store for Jordan.
Birmingham on the national stage
Jordan Fisher isn’t the only Bham native who’s returning to Broadway this winter. Nick Burroughs, a graduate of the Virginia Samford Theatre’s youth programs, is coming back to Broadway in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.
Additionally, Audrey Cardwell is a promising talent. She started out at Red Mountain Theatre, and has toured nationally in productions like Falsettos and Anything Goes. She’s currently in negotiations for an opportunity on Broadway.
Moreover, it’s clear that Birmingham’s musical theater scene is something special. The directors of Birmingham’s two largest theaters agreed.
Red Mountain Theatre just constructed a new campus in the heart of downtown. Hopefully, it will allow Red Mountain to nurture even more young talent.
Furthermore, the reopening of Dear Evan Hansen is more than a celebration of Broadway’s return–it shows how Birmingham’s thriving theater scene impacts the arts nationally.
Have you seen Jordan Fisher in a musical or movie lately? Tag @bhamnow to get in the spotlight!