The Doo Wop Project
By Pamela Singer, Jersey Boys Blog Special Correspondent
Friends, there are few things in this world more enduring and satisfying than great music, arguably one of our most powerful common denominators. Finding that perfect blend of harmony, soul, and story is a tricky business, one that has challenged the best and brightest throughout time. For Dominic Nolfi, his musical journey has explored the essence of numerous musical genres, from his early roots in jazz and standards growing up in San Francisco, through the falsetto harmonies of New Jersey’s Four Seasons, to the bigtop of Detroit’s Motown, and back to the street corner purity of Doo Wop’s a cappella voices. To say Dom is musically versatile is an understatement, kind of like saying Jersey Boys is, you know, ubiquitous…
I had the pleasure of catching up with Dom recently over lunch, a tough assignment, but someone had to do it! And yes, ladies, Dom is still as movie-star handsome as you remember. That said, this is an artist who clearly doesn’t need or want to coast by on good looks alone. His talent, commitment, passion for and knowledge of music history all speak for themselves. Listen in as Dom brings us up to date on what he’s been doing, talks about his musical influences, all things Doo Wop, and of course, The Doo Wop Project– his very own group, which will be doing two shows at 54 Below on August 17th.
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Pam Singer: Dom, it’s great to see you. It’s been a few years since we “officially” sat down to talk. How are you doing?
Dom Nolfi: Great to see you too, Pam. I’m doing well, thanks. It’s been a busy and exciting time in my life, with lots of projects in the works.
PS: Anything you can share with us?
DN: Sure. I’ve been involved in several readings and workshops, most recently one for “A Bronx Tale” by Chazz Palminteri. It’s a fantastic story with lots of potential.
PS: Not to rub salt in your fans’ wounds, but it’s been almost four years since your incredible seven- year ride with Jersey Boys ended. Seven years, starting in La Jolla, and seven different roles covered throughout your time with the show. That’s a feat that would impress even Tommy DeVito, whom you played for three years on Broadway!
DN: Yes, Jersey Boys was a special time in my life and a special experience. Happy that it’s still going strong. In addition to the thrill of doing the show, it was a launching pad for meeting new people, personally and professionally, and getting my name out there.
PS: You certainly did that well! Not long after leaving Jersey Boys, you were sought out to play Barney Ales, Berry Gordy’s Executive Vice President, in Motown The Musical on Broadway.
DN: That was another wonderful experience. I was proud and honored to be part of something that still resonates so deeply in American culture.
PS: When did the show close?
DN: It closed in January of this year. There’s currently a national tour of the show, and there’s talk of opening in London next year, and possibly coming back to Broadway.
PS: Can you tell us something you learned and took with you from working on these show shows? Read the rest of this entry »