November 22, 2011

Sneak Peek of Joseph Leo Bwarie’s Interview!

November 22nd, 2011

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

Joel Markowitz has a fantastic interview with JB first national tour’s “Frankie Valli,” Joseph Leo Bwarie! Check out a sneak peek of this marvelous feature!

Q: Why do you enjoy playing Frankie Valli and how do you relate to him?

A: It has been quite a love affair with Jersey Boys and the amazing production that was created in La Jolla back in 2005. We are each part of something much greater than all of our individual involvement. That being said, I feel an honor, a responsibility and great pride in this role, more than enjoyment. We leave the enjoyment for the audience. It is safe to say they have the time of their lives.

Regarding relating to Frankie – I relate more now that I have recorded my own album. What I learned standing behind the mic knowing my name would be on the cover changes the importance in everything about the music. Does that make sense? That ‘want’ to sing every song in the most honest, emotional way is something I think I share with Frankie.

Q: What do you remember about the first time you stepped on the stage to play Frankie Valli?

A: It was San Francisco. The Curran Theatre. November, 2007. The producers moved my first show up a week. I had never run the entire show with the cast.That is a whole other story. I skipped across the bridge for Frankie’s first entrance and the rest is history. It was surreal then and it is mostly still surreal now. But now, I know exactly where I am going at all times and could do the “Walk Like A Man” stomp in my sleep.

Visit for the full in-depth interview with JLB!


  1. Fantastic interview with Joe. I look forward to his “Nothin’ But Love” concert, as well as the show that he hopes will play at the Kennedy Center someday!

    Comment by Shelley — November 22, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

  2. I think he needs to do a series of shows at Michael Feinstein’s club in NYC; however, that would mean a short “hiatus” from JB…so I’m not sure how I feel about my own suggestion.

    Comment by Hillary — December 8, 2011 @ 1:38 pm

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