August 1, 2010

Joseph Leo Bwarie’s Thoughts on Life on the Road

August 1st, 2010

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

The asked JERSEY BOYS national tour’s Frankie Valli, Joseph Leo Bwarie: What’s it like being on the road for years at a time with a touring show?

Here’s Joe’s Response: Not being able to come home is the hardest part. Really difficult. We become a family on tour, our cast and crew and administration that travels with us. We become a “don’t mess with us, we’re Jersey boys, and we’ll take care of each other no matter what” kind of group. When you’re away from your friends and family and relationships, it is isolating, so to be in such a company where everyone takes care of each other is important. We have that and I know that’s not true for a lot of tours. We have managed to not only be good at our jobs, but be good at being people together, co-existing as we travel in this crazy job we have pretending to be legendary rock stars.


  1. Life on the road always seems so exciting to us..the people filling the theater seats. We often take for granted that many of us come home after a day at work to our family and friends. It is refreshing to know that this cast has a family in each other…..and that camaraderie translates onto the stage with each performance. And I think many Joe Leo fans would agree, that although it saddens me a bit to think of you missing your “real life”, Jersey Boys wouldn’t be the same without you…so Thank You for your sacrifice!

    Comment by Danette — August 1, 2010 @ 11:03 am

  2. I second that, Danette. Thank you Joe, for bringing so much joy to our lives.

    Comment by Gary — August 1, 2010 @ 11:19 pm

  3. The camaraderie shared by this company definitely shows onstage. It’s one reason why the tour cast is so good. Life on the road is a major component of Jersey Boys, and Joseph’s comments illustrate the fact that the tour cast has a genuine understanding of what it was like for the Seasons to be on the road…which is another reason why the tour cast is so good. I’m somewhat saddened by Joe’s comments about being away from his loved ones…they make me appreciate him and the entire national tour cast even more, for everything they have sacrificed so they can share their fantastic talents with JB fans around the country.

    Comment by Shelley — August 1, 2010 @ 11:21 pm

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