Laura Meltzer of BackStage.com recently caught up with current JERSEY BOYS Broadway cast members Matt Bogart, Russell Fischer, Peter Gregus, and Nathan Scherich. Ms. Meltzer and the castmates discussed how the production has evolved, whatâ€™s itâ€™s like portraying the band members, and the difference between performing on the tour and on Broadway. Check out a sneak peek:
Q: Russell, how does being an understudy help you with character development as a performer?
A: Russell Fischer (Joey and Others): Weâ€™ve had several company members that have been on tonight who are usually swings or understudies. I usually play Joe Pesci, so playing Frankie is always a thrill. Itâ€™s incredibly exhilarating from start to finish. One evening I did Act One as Pesci and Act Two as Frankie. It was totally crazy, but itâ€™s a wonderful experience. Itâ€™s the kind of work you want to be doing. Thereâ€™s so much depth and the arc of the character is so broad, and I get such a thrill singing this music and playing this role thatâ€™s so complex. Itâ€™s challenging, but itâ€™s rewarding on so many levels.
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