April 16, 2010

Denise Payne–From Buffalo to Jersey!

April 16th, 2010

Denise Payne

The JERSEY BOYS national tour is opening Tuesday, April 20 and plays through May 9 in Buffalo at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. Denise Payne, one of the production’s “Jersey Girls” is a Buffalo native.

Anthony Chase recently spoke with Denise Payne about growing up in Buffalo, her training & inspirations, and what it’s like to be one of three Jersey girls playing multiple roles in JERSEY BOYS.

Versatility is a critical quality for a Jersey Girl, says Denise. “The three women in the show play 54 characters! I have 19 quick changes. Our wardrobe person is amazing—our costumes are meticulously organized and labeled with our photographs. Some of them are extremely expensive. I play Frankie Valli’s mother; I also play his daughter. I play the date at the church. I play the woman of the evening. It’s all a lot of fun!”

Even with the thrill of touring in a hit show like Jersey Boys, Denise is excited to be performing at Shea’s. “Shea’s is a dream for every Buffalo performer. My family is still in Buffalo. My mom, sister, brother-in-law, aunt, uncle, two nieces, half-sister, and on and on. I keep telling everyone on this tour that they are going to love Shea’s and that they will love the Buffalo audience. Buffalo audiences are so responsive, so energetic! No city loves live entertainment more than Buffalo!”

Read more about Denise on ArtVoice.com.


  1. Got to meet and chat with Denise in Atlanta. She is a talented, lovely and gracious young lady.

    Comment by gladys — April 16, 2010 @ 7:07 am

  2. It’s great that Denise is finally being recognized for her contribution to the show. I met her in Nashville and she is an absolute doll!

    Comment by Gary — April 17, 2010 @ 11:52 am

  3. Denise was clearly destined for great things back in middle school at Calasanctius. She was multi-talented and a great friend. She had a dream, and it was clear that’s where she was headed. I’m so glad for her, I just wish I were there to see Denise perform! Congratulations, Denise.

    Comment by Krista — April 17, 2010 @ 3:25 pm

  4. Heard Denise speak last night in Omaha. Jersey Boys will be here next Fall. As a “Jersey Boy” myself…exit 5 of the NJTP, I cannot wait to see the show in September. Hope Denise is still with the cast!!!!

    Comment by Gil Cohen — November 16, 2010 @ 1:06 pm

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