Dominic Scaglione Jr. and Joseph Leo Bwarie Will Be Frankie Valli in Broadway's Jersey Boys

News   Dominic Scaglione Jr. and Joseph Leo Bwarie Will Be Frankie Valli in Broadway's Jersey Boys
The producers of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical Jersey Boys announced July 11 that Dominic Scaglione Jr. and Joseph Leo Bwarie will alternate in the role of Frankie Valli in the Broadway company at the August Wilson Theatre beginning July 30.

Dominic Scaglione Jr.
Dominic Scaglione Jr. Photo by Joan Marcus

A veteran of the Broadway company, Scaglione previously played this role to acclaim in the Chicago and Las Vegas productions. Bwarie, who will be making his Broadway debut, played Valli to rave reviews across the country in the first national tour.

The two actors succeed John Lloyd Young, who originated the role and will play his final performance of his return engagement July 28.

Scaglione will play the role six times a week, and Bwarie will be Valli twice a week.

The Broadway company also includes Matt Bogart (Nick Massi), Drew Gehling (Bob Gaudio) and Andy Karl (Tommy DeVito) with Peter Gregus and Mark Lotito as well as Miles Aubrey, Erik Bates, Candi Boyd, Jared Bradshaw, Ken Dow, Russell Fischer, Renée Marino, Rashad Naylor, Katie O’Toole, Joe Payne, Jessica Rush, Nathan Scherich, Sara Schmidt and Taylor Sternberg.

Jersey Boys is written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, direction by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff and choreography by Sergio Trujillo. The musical, according to press notes, "is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi, about a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks who became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide — all before they were thirty." The show features "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Oh What a Night," "Walk Like a Man," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" and "Working My Way Back To You."

Jersey Boys is the recipient of the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical and the 2009 Olivier Award for Best Musical. The Original Broadway Cast Recording, produced by Bob Gaudio, received the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album and has been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The Broadway production also won the 2006 Outer Critics Circle & Drama League Awards for Best Musical.

The Broadway production opened Nov. 6, 2005, at the August Wilson Theatre.

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