Photo by Joan Marcus.
Stephen Johns of Torontoist.com has a terrific story on Joseph Leo Bwarie! According to Johns, Bwarie doesnâ€™t walk into a room, he bounces in. Maybe thatâ€™s because he is living a dream, having worked his way into the enviable position of doing exactly what he loves best for a living. For him, playing Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys has been a year-long odyssey which has taken Bwarie all across the United States (and included extended layovers in San Francisco and Las Vegas) before bringing him to Toronto for three months. Itâ€™s also the culmination of a lifelong journey which began with Bwarie and his brother, John, putting on shows in their parentsâ€™ living room back in Los Angeles.
Reflecting on playing the legendary Valli, Bwarie states,
â€œYou never want to do an impersonation unless youâ€™re doing an impersonation. [Jersey Boys] is capturing the essence of a man, the life of a man, and not just bringing to it the glamorous, successful rock nâ€™ roll star portion of his life.â€
Read the entire article on Torontoist.com.