September 6, 2011

Preview of Joseph Leo Bwarie’s Fabulous BWW Interview!

September 6th, 2011

Joseph Leo Bwarie
Joseph Leo Bwarie (Photo by: Joan Marcus)

Omaha is getting excited for the JERSEY BOYS first national tour’s debut this week! BWW Omaha columnist Analisa Swerczekhas a terrific in-depth interview with Joseph Leo Bwarie Here’s a preview:

BWW: It must be a show that many people can relate to given the audience reactions, which range from singing along to dancing to crying. What is it about this show that allows it to really reach the audience?

JLB: I think for the older audience member, it’s the sense of nostalgia they feel watching the show – the sort of trip back in time to when they were in their teens and when they fell in love. It takes them back to a time when there was a war going on, and the music landscape was changing. Really, America was changing. This music was a mainstay through all those things during that time. There are a lot of people from that demographic, the baby boomers, that really have a very vivid memory of seeing The Four Season on Ed Sullivan, and of going to a Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons concert before they were even big stars. This was their time and their music.

BWW: Do you find that you get as strong of a reaction from some of the younger generation who come to see the show?

JLB: I think their reactions are just as strong, but not from a nostalgic standpoint. I think they react to the energy in the room, the staging of the show, and really, the story. It’s a rollercoaster. I think the younger generation are honestly cheering for this brilliant creation of theatre, because that’s what it is. It’s unlike anything they have seen before. It’s presented like a concert, in which the audience can participate at times, but it also allows them to feel like they are being let in on a secret in very tender quiet moments in the show. I hate to say that I think it’s the best thing that’s out there, but I do. I think it’s the best thing that’s out there.

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