Jackson starred on Broadway in the musical All Shook Up, and also appeared in Aida and Thoroughly Modern Millie. He played Sonny in a workshop production of Xanadu, and he will assume the role on Broadway as of Friday, June 22. The part is currently being played by Carpinello's understudy, Andre Ward, who usually plays Terpsicore.
Xanadu also stars Kerry Butler, Tony Roberts, Jackie Hoffman, Mary Testa, Anika Larsen, Kenita R. Miller, and Curtis Holbrook. Carpinello previously starred on Broadway as Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever and is also known for his Off-Broadway performance in Stupid Kids.
Xanadu, based on the 1980 movie of the same title, has a book by Douglas Carter Beane and is directed by Christopher Ashley. The score, by John Farrar and Jeff Lynne, includes the pop hits "Magic," "Xanadu," "Party All Over the World," and "I'm Alive."