New York, NY
A multi-intrumentalist (incl. guitar, electric/upright bass, and drums), Jared recently starred as Buddy Holly in the Palace Theatre (Manchester, NH) and Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre (Claremont, CA) productions of Buddy in 2015; he has also played Buddy at Arizona Broadway Theatre (Peoria, AZ) and Virginia Samford Theatre (Birmingham, AL), gaining great reviews for his performances.
Hailing from Pennsylvania, Jared’s many talents include: Acoustic/Electric Guitar, Electric/Upright Bass, Drums, some Piano, Mandolin, raise one eyebrow at a time, handstand, cartwheels, and roundoffs.
Jared Mancuso as Buddy Holly (Arizona Broadway Theatre, 2013)
As well as Buddy, roles include: Rent (Mark Cohen), Bucks County Playhouse / Abbey Road (Principal Singer/featured Guitar), American Music Theatre / American Icons (Singer/Guitar/Dancer), American Music Theatre / All Shook Up (Dennis), Bucks County Playhouse / Godspell (Jesus), Pocono Playhouse / Sweeney Todd (Tobias), Bucks County Playhouse / Grease (Doody), Pocono Playhouse / Hairspray (IQ), John W. Engeman Theater, 42nd Street (4x’s) (Billy Lawlor/Andy Lee), Bucks County Playhouse (Ensemble), Orig. B’Way Choreo / Oklahoma! (Will Parker), Bucks County Playhouse / A Christmas Carol (Narrator), The Palace Theatre (NH) / Guys & Dolls (Harry The Horse), The Palace Theatre (NH) / Ring of Fire, The Suffolk Theater (NY).
Training: Marymount Manhattan College – BA Theatre Performance, Musical Theatre Minor
Vocal Performance: Darren Cohen
Dance: Tap (Advanced), Jazz (Intermediate), Ballet (Intermediate)
“The absolutely sensational Mancuso has been spending the past couple years as Buddy, either in regional revivals of the musical that bears his name or in his own self-penned tribute show Buddy’s Back!, and this immersion into Buddy’s life and music shows. Not only is the triple-threat pretty darned sexy even in Buddy’s extra-heavy-rimmed horn rims, he totally convinces us that he is indeed the legendary singer-musician-songwriter, capturing every iota of Buddy’s infectious charm, good nature, and enthusiasm. Mancuso sounds just like Buddy, accompanies himself to perfection on the guitar, and following in the real-life Buddy’s footsteps, holds the audience in the palm of his hand”
– Steven Stanley, StageSceneLA.com
“Jared Mancuso plays Holly, and he could not be a more perfect find. With his short, curly hair and thick framed glasses, Mancuso captures not only the look and sound of Buddy Holly but also the spirit of the young rock ‘n’ roller. It gets to the point where during the musical moments you become so lost in the total illusion of watching Buddy Holly give a performance so complete in every sense of the word, you almost forget you’re watching a play... Mancuso, an accomplished musician as well as an actor, makes the songs come alive in a way that even a tribute band couldn’t achieve. For all sense and purposes, Jared Mancuso is Buddy Holly”
- David Appleford's Film & Theatre Reviews (Phoenix)