The show has toured 38 cities and won Tony as well as Grammy Awards.
Without further ado let’s introduce the four Jersey Boys in this cast.
Preston Truman Boyd plays Bob Gaudio who toured with Young Frankenstein and has appeared in Broadway hits such as Singin’ in the Rain and Oklahoma!
Joseph Leo Bwarie has toured 40 cities playing Frankie Valli and even performing on the Tony Awards.
John Gardiner who plays Tommy DeVito has also starred in the Lion King and All My Children on TV.
Michael Lomenda returns to Jersey Boys as Nick Massi after playing the role in Toronto. His favorite past shows have been Hairspray and Miss Saigon.
Nunn on the Run went to the Bank of America Theatre to fist pump with the four of them.
Jerry Nunn: Hey, guys. Is any one here actually from Jersey?
Michael Lomenda: I lived there on and off for three years.
JN: Where are you all from?
ML: I am from Stettler, Alberta, Canada.
JN: That sounds so macho.
ML: I should have brought my ten-gallon hat.
John Gardiner: I am from Edgewood, Kentucky.
Preston Truman Boyd: Moorhead, Minnesota.
Joseph Leo Bwarie: I am from Sherman Oaks, California, the heartland…
JN: What was your journey to be a part of the show?
ML: I started in 2008 and got into the travel company sort of the same time that the Chicago company was running, we were running up in Toronto for a couple of years. I joined the tour six months ago with Preston in Omaha.
JG: I started the show about three years ago and was in the ensemble. When there was an opening for one of the Seasons I was lucky enough to get promoted.
JN: You worked your way up!
JG: Yes, I got to be in the show from the inside.
PTB: I live in New York and an agent got me an audition and had just come off the road with another show Young Frankenstein. This was one of my bucket list roles so I came right back out on the road. I didn’t even unpack!
JLB: I have been doing this show since 2007. I opened a Las Vegas company first and the tour opened in Toronto. It ran there for two years. I have been with the show since before it was even written (everyone laughs)!
JN: What is the overview of the show for people that haven’t seen it?
Simultaneously all: It is a rags-to-riches story about four blue-collar guys…
JG: They worked their way out of the neighborhood but didn’t do it by joining the army or the mob. They wrote a hit song.
JLB: They worked their way into the hearts of America and the world.
JG: It is a show about the trails and tribulations that they had to over come to be a huge success that they were and are today.
PTB: They were on the road with wives, kids, relationships, and friendships.
JG: There was changing of the group and new members.
JLB: It makes it an everyman story because they have their successes and highpoints as well as the trying times.
ML: Everyone knows the music but not everyone knows the story. It is an amazing underdog story that is fantastic.
PTB: It is kind of like a VH1 backstage pass behind the music that everyone knows so much about but they don’t know how it came to fruition. I think many people walk away from the theatre thinking the music is great but didn’t know about the story of these four iconic people.
ML: In Chicago they might know more because it was here for so long.
JN: Right. So what makes this cast different than previous ones?
PTB: By different you mean better? (everyone laughs)
JLB: We are the only cast that tours. We are the guys that live what we talk about in the show so we have a first hand knowledge about what it is like. We live what we talk about in the show.
JG: We are constantly in a new city with new people joining and leaving the cast so it is a fresh version of the show. I would call this a perfect show since the book is written so well and it is a timeless story.
PTB: And there is no green makeup!
JN: Why do you think audiences are into set in the past shows like Mad Men and Million Dollar Quartet?
PTB: Skinny ties and fedoras is all it is!
ML: I think people look back at fonder times and the nostalgic feeling of that. It was amazing fashion and music back then though they are seeing it through a different lens. Just like Mad Men and Sopranos, they pull back the curtain to what they thought it was to the gritty real life behind it.
JG: We get these 70 year old women coming up to the stage door talking about making out to these songs when they were younger.
PTB: It is really hot!
JLB: They don’t say “making out. ” They say they had a nice kiss…
ML: This is kind of a racy show for the theater world.
JN: There are a lot of curse words in it.
JLB: There are 42 F-bombs!
ML: It was very Jersey.
JN: Jersey Shore!
PTB: When they wrote it they wanted authentic language of the time.
JLB: It is a city thing. People show they are tough with these words. Chicago doesn’t care. I had my window open at 6:00 am and heard authentic Jersey language right outside!
JN: The real Frankie Valli is coming to town right at the end of the run. Have you all met him?
JLB: He follows us. He lets us play then says, “This is the real deal!”
JN: Are there any gay members in the group?
PTB: There are gay members in the cast of the show.
JLB: We even travel with pets such as bunnies and birds.
JG: I can’t believe you just segued from gay members of the group to bunnies.
JLB: I am just saying all kinds, colors, and species!
ML: We are an equal opportunity employer.
JN: What have you learned from doing the show?
JLB: It has been fun just being in the show as a family.
PTB: I agree. I have never seen a cast where our camaraderie has formed the work onstage.
JN: How was the South By Southwest festival, Joseph?
JLB: It was a departure for me with billions of people there, that is an exaggeration. But it was great to get back to Texas. We played San Antonio in the summer of 2010.
ML: His CD is awesome and available on iTunes.
JLB: This is my PR team (laughs)! My album was produced by Charlie Calello, who did all the arrangements of The Four Seasons.
ML: He was my characters replacement.
PTB: With the show they didn’t have time to go into the other incarnations of the band. To make it simple they made it just these four guys.
ML: These are the four guys that made it into the Hall of Fame though so we are the real Jersey Boys!