July 2, 2011

John Edwards Follows His Dreams to Broadway in Jersey Boys!

July 2nd, 2011

Jersey Boys LogoGracie Bonds Staples of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has an inspirational interview with the newest member of the JERSEY BOYS Broadway company John Edwards, along with his mother JoAnne. Here’s an excerpt:

According to JoAnne Edwards of Lawrenceville, her son John is nothing like the character he will play when he makes his Broadway debut Tuesday in “Jersey Boys.”

“John is very humble, the sweetest person you ever want to meet,” said Edwards. “He’s the total opposite.”

Of course you’d expect a mother to say that, but John Edwards has done such a bang-up job of portraying outlandish DJ Barry Belson, it’s really hard not to wonder if he’s like that offstage. It’s even harder not to take note of his musical talents.

With the right combination of acting, dancing and singing on the national tour, Edwards “is a perfect complement to the New York company,” said West Hyler, associate director o Jersey Boys.

“An impressive talent offstage and a generous actor backstage, I’m thrilled to see him on Broadway,” Hyler said.

JoAnne Edwards first saw her son perform in the biographical musical about Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons during a stop in Memphis.

“He was amazing,” said Edwards. “I couldn’t believe that was my baby.”

Edwards’ baby is actually 25 years old, the eldest of five children. The Collins Hills High School graduate has been honing his singing and acting skills for at least half his life.

Edwards has been performing in his church choir, at school and around the house for, well, as long as he can remember.

“I was in every school choir,” he said while waiting for a plane to New York City Monday.

Visit AJC.com to read the full interview with John and his mom.

1 Comment »

  1. We met John tonight after the show. He was delightful, friendly, and seemed so eager to talk to the fans. He even used the word “y’all” while we were talking and that led to the ATL conversation. We should be proud of this amazing local talent who has made it BIG!!!

    Comment by Sara Pace — June 28, 2014 @ 11:24 pm

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