Turns out two current cast members of the JERSEY BOYS second national tour, Kaleigh Cronin & Wes Hart, also spent some time with the Music Theatre of Wichita (MTW). Here’s a preview of Bob Curtright’s interview with the actors:
â€œMusic Theatre of Wichita certainly trained me well,â€ says Kaleigh Cronin, who is coming back to Wichita as part of the cast of the national tour of â€œJersey Boysâ€ this week.
â€œI play 17 different roles as one of only three women in the (male-dominant) show, so being used to mounting a new show in only seven days, five times a season, like I did for three summers in Wichita, makes you good at thinking on your feet,â€ Cronin says.
Another MTW alumnus traveling with this tour is Wes Hart, an Oklahoma City native who spent three summers here in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Known for his dancing, he is remembered as brother Benjamin in â€œSeven Brides for Seven Brothersâ€ and easy-going Al, who guides his scatterbrained, tone-deaf wife through â€œA Chorus Line.â€
For â€œJersey Boys,â€ Hart plays mobster henchman Norm Waxman and a handful of other secondary characters, including one of the replacement singers after Nick Massi left, giving Hart a 15-minute mini-concert showcase as part of the group.
â€œThe variety is a lot of fun,â€ Hart says. â€œBeing in the MTW ensemble prepared me to do this. They welcomed my interpretations. Each role has its own perks, but the one Iâ€™m having the most fun with is a guy who gets shot in a car. Heâ€™s on stage only about a minute and a half. When you see it, youâ€™ll understand why itâ€™s so much fun.â€
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