Friday, February 28, 2014

'Jersey Boys' opens seven-show run at Sangamon Auditorium

Nicolas Dromard wasn’t cast in the role of Tommy DeVito in the musical, “Jersey Boys” because of a physical or vocal resemblance to the founding member of the Four Seasons, the band on which the musical is based.

“We’re not impersonators. We’re actors playing these characters in a show. Our director was very adamant about that. We have the essence of the characters. The music is the star of the show and the book is so well written that it sells itself,” said Dromard, a Canadian singer and actor.

The book contains the dialogue and dramatic structure of the story that plays out between musical numbers. Unlike other jukebox musicals (“Mamma Mia!”, “Movin’ Out”) where a thin dramatic arc connects a string of already popular songs, the strength of “Jersey Boys” comes through the telling of a story that is both true and, at times, unbelievable.

Springfield audiences can see how the story of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers plays out when “Jersey Boys” comes to Sangamon Auditorium for seven performances starting Tuesday.

The story was featured in The State Journal-Register on February 28, 2014.

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