(Frank) Here we are again. And we talk about famous Kansans and all that. And we really have a famous Kansan with us because his son happens to be a really aspiring Broadway star, TV star and that would be Jeff Kready. And this is his father. (Deb) Rick Kready. And I think that Jeff has past aspiring. I think he is actually…he’s at the top of the food chain now. So, we’ve got the proud Papa and we get to shoot every now and then in Rick’s lovely office here in the Dillon House. So, congrats. You must just be proud as punch at this kid. (Rick) Thank you. I happen to be that. (Deb) Oh man. So, did you feed him like Wheaties and you know, play musicals at breakfast? I mean how do you get a kid that talented? (Rick) For the most part, I stayed out of the road and let his Mom take good care of him. (Deb) Good plan, good plan. (Frank) You’re gonna love the first part of the story that I get to do, because he talks about when he was in the womb he heard his Dad in the Barbershop Quartet singing. So, anyway… (Deb) So, it’s all genetics isn’t it? It’s all genetics. If you’ve got talented parents, you’re gonna get some talented kids. (Rick) Well, thank you. (Deb) Yea. I’m sure that’s it. Let’s take a look. (Frank)
Actor Jeff Kready said in an interview, “I grew up singing barbershop in a chorus directed by my dad. When I was still in the womb, I’m told that I kicked really hard when a bad quartet got up to perform at a concert. From that moment, my mom was convinced I had perfect pitch.” His mom was right. Jeff made his Broadway debut as the youngest Jean Valjean ever while understudying the role in the 2006 revival of Les Miserables, and met his future wife, The Book of Mormon star Nikki Renee Daniels. Jeff is currently starring in the lead role of Monty Navarro in the Tony Award winning A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. He has been a member of the original Broadway company since November 2013. The production received nine Tony Award nominations, winning four, including Best Musical. Jeff was in the original Broadway company of Billy Elliot The Musical, The Broadway production opened in fall, 2008. The production received fifteen Tony Award nominations, winning ten. Jeff took over the lead role of Tony, Billy’s brother, in 2010 and then toured in the role. Jeff has appeared in numerous productions off-Broadway and can be found guest starring in the Emmy-nominated HBO series Boardwalk Empire. Jeff has also performed voiceover work in the UMPQUA Bank television commercial campaign. He also sang on his wife, Nikki Renée Daniels’ debut album Home. A 2000 graduate of Washburn Rural High School, Jeff earned a degree at Washburn before heading for the Great White Way. He and his wife have a daughter, Lena. While Jeff admits it is very different raising a child in NYC, the couple can spend most days with their daughter, reading and taking her to the park. He said he feels very blessed.