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Jordan was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas and studied at Ithaca College, where he earned a B.F.A. with honors in performance theatre. In 2009, he got his professional start in New York as the understudy to the lead in Broadway's "Rock of Ages." Jordan then went on to star as Tony in Broadway's revival of "West Side Story." In 2011, Jordan starred as Clyde Barrow in the new Broadway musical "Bonnie & Clyde" by Frank Wildhorn and Don Black at the Schoenfeld Theatre. Last year, Jordan starred alongside Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton in the Warner Bros. film "Joyful Noise," directed by Todd Graff. He also originated the role of Jack Kelly in the Tony-nominated Broadway show "Newsies." Jordan was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical for his leading role in the Disney musical.