By Ben Rimalower
13 Aug 2013
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
9. Michael Longoria, Jersey Boys
Although he got more attention in the media for his musical pinch-hitting in Jersey Boys, Michael Longoria's role as the iconic Joe Pesci gave him the chance to strut more stuff than just his virtuosic vocals. Before Jersey Boys, Longoria had made waves in the theatre community with his trick voice, a rangy tenor that can turn on a dime, shooting straight into the stratosphere — a natural choice for the music of the Four Seasons to be sure. As Joe Pesci in Jersey Boys, though, it was his confident characterization, star presence and killer timing that stopped the show cold night after night.