Jordan Fisher | From Fleet Street to Broadway

A Conversation about Sweeney Todd to Esports to the Lore of Stephen Sondheim

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There aren’t many people who can say they’ve been a part of an iconic musical revival, the most prolific original stage production of the last decade, one of the most memorable teen rom-com trilogies, and a Disney Channel original. Jordan Fisher can. The 28 year old actor, singer-songwriter, producer, and gamer has built an impressive resume over the past few years.

Currently, Fisher stars as Anthony Hope in the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s beloved Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, alongside Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford. Directed by Thomas Kail (who also directed another former Fisher show, Hamilton), the revival has received rave reviews, commending the immense vocal skill and talent brought to the stage by the cast. The role was a dream come true for Fisher, who’d been missing the power of live theatre, and wanting to fulfill every theatre lover’s dream of being in a Sondheim show.

Offstage, Fisher has had his fair share of highlights. He starred as John Ambrose McClaren in Netflix’s hit adaptation of Jenny Han’s To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, opposite Lana Condor and Noah Centineo. He dabbled in Disney, from Teen Beach Movie to more recently High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. He’s taken part in multiple musicals, onstage or on screen, from the live television adaptations of Grease and Rent, to being on Broadway for Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen. Furthermore, he’s starting to dive deeper into fashion and e-sports.

While Fisher is currently focused on enjoying his time onstage, there’s a broad horizon ahead of him. Flaunt spoke with Fisher, talking about everything from being back on stage, dream roles, and of course, Stephen Sondheim.

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Live theatre is finally back in full swing. What did you miss most about performing live?      

I missed the human interaction and intimacy of live performances. Live theater is electric, and the feeling I get on stage during a show is priceless and irreplaceable.  

This adaptation of Sweeney Todd has been anticipated for so many years. Have you felt any pressure about continuing the iconic legacy of this show and of Stephen Sondheim?

Transparently, yes, 100%; we all have in some form or fashion. Only speaking personally, Sondheim is my biggest inspiration from a musical and songwriting perspective. When he passed, it struck a deeply embedded cord in the bedrock of my spirit creatively, and I looked at my wife and said, “the next show I do on Broadway I want to be a Sondheim piece.” Little did I know, a year later, I’d be performing his most prolific work on what would have been his 93rd birthday. There is a lot of power in that and feeling equipped to wear the mantle for everybody who is a part of the company. Every day we show up to be good custodians of his work, so the fact that people seem to be liking it is a big relief.

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What's your favorite musical number or scene of yours in the show?

I have a couple of favorites, and to be honest with you, it kind of changes week to week. Right now, I’m a little obsessed with Sweeney and Lovett’s relationship. My favorite scene right now is the finale. However, up until three days ago it was probably the Johanna Act II sequence, which is still one of my favorites and favorite to perform. I just love how beautiful the opposition between the music and all the gruesome murders taking place. (No Spoilers!)

You’ve had such a wide range of projects the last few years, from film, television, music, and the stage. What creative pursuits do you want to explore next?

Well, I am very much in the business world right now. We are working a lot in the esports realm and development and production. Producing has become something that people have started to know me for a little bit more which is super exciting as a creative. One realm that is very evident that I’m passionate about and one that I feel like I’m really taking strides in is fashion. I’m excited to see where that goes and how long it takes to get my first Met invitation.

What do you do to unwind after a show? How do you stay relaxed and refreshed in between projects and a busy schedule?

At the end of the day, even though I do a lot of different things, and everyone has their own story, I am not that complicated of a person in terms of why I need to get by. For me, that’s just people that I love; I love to be surrounded by my people and people that I trust whether that is family, chosen family, and friends. Music, food, and home are what I love to do and how I like to unwind, how I like to refresh myself between projects. I like to be home; I feel like the best version of myself there.

What’s one dream role, stage, film, or television?

For sure, it’s another Sondheim show, Sunday in The Park with George. I would love to play George. It’s a production that rocked my world about 8 years ago. I was exposed to it as a teenager but when I saw Annaleigh Ashford and Jake Gyllenhaal in the production that they did here in NYC, it rocked my world again and instantly gave me a take that I wanted to explore.

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Jordan Fisher, Sweeney Todd