Attended the performing arts camp Stagedoor Manor in Loch Sheldrake, N.Y., for several summers as a kid, appearing in musicals with Mandy Moore and Lea Michele. Not one for sitting in a classroom, he dropped out of the New York City public high school he attended three days into his senior year. Interviewed Broadway actors as the host of Green Room Radio, a podcast he started as a teen in college. At age 20, played Four Seasons singer-songwriter Bob Gaudio in the first national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys, as well as in the Las Vegas and Los Angeles productions. Was fired from the Las Vegas cast of Jersey Boys in 2009, only to bring the role of Gaudio to the silver screen five years later in the Clint Eastwood-directed film. Had the titular role in the musical Hero, about a young comic-book artist living anything but a superhero life. In July 2014, he followed up his first EP The Vegas Sessions with a five-track CD entitled Never Give Up, which he recorded in Nashville.