Friday, June 12, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
The invisible fourth wall that often separates stage performers from audiences is torn down during "Jersey Boys," Joseph Leo Bwarie said.
The 2006 Tony Award-winning musical that follows one of the most popular 1960s rock 'n' roll groups, the Four Seasons, is currently filling the stage at Atlanta's Fox Theatre, with Bwarie performing as frontman Frankie Valli.
"In 'Jersey Boys,' it's one big ball of energy in that theater," Bwarie said. "The Fox here is just a huge theater, one of the largest theaters we have played in on our tour. As massive as it is, the room almost becomes intimate with how connected the audience and the actors are."
The documentary-style musical follows Valli from age 16 to 60, along with Four Seasons members Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio and Nick Massi, who wrote their own songs, crafted their own sound and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before reaching age 30.
"Here's the thing about 'Jersey Boys,'" Bwarie said, "It kind of crosses all the generational lines. Baby boomers who grew up with music of the Four Seasons, they bring their children. You have grandchildren and grandparents in the same room absolutely flipping out over the same show. I mean, jumping up out of their seat and cheering or standing in the isle and dancing. This is how much this show connects with an audience."
"Jersey Boys" will be on stage at the Fox through June 21.
SideBar: If You Go
· What: "Jersey Boys"
· When: Tuesday through Sunday through June 21
· Where: Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta
· Cost: $22 to $127
· For more information: Visit www.jerseyboysinfo.com or www.broadwayacrossamerica.com