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As Bob Gaudio in the national tour of Jersey Boys, Jason Kappus plays the brainiest member of the legendary group Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The actor recently chatted with Broadway.com about why he feels a kindred spirit to his character in the hit show, and what it is like to sing the musical's beloved songs every night.
“The first time I saw Jersey Boys, I saw Bob and said, ‘That's me!’” Kappus said of his character. “Bob is tall, a piano player and probably the least Italian looking one of the four. Check, check and check. He's also a very positive and easygoing person, which makes [the role] a good fit for me.”
Kappus doesn’t just fit well into the shoes of Bob Gaudio—he feels the whole singing group is a perfect match. “There's a moment in 'Cry for Me' that gives me chills nightly. Bob has just been introduced to the group and is singing 'Cry for Me' as an audition. One by one, the other boys come over to join in and when we hit the second verse, everyone's singing together for the first time, and it's magical. It’s just the four of us around the piano, so it’s very personal.”
Jersey Boys tells the story of how Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons went from being unknown kids from New Jersey to international pop superstars. The show features over 30 hit songs, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You."
“Most people know this music, but audiences don't realize what a crazy journey these guys went through,” Kappus said of the show’s plot. “It's the story that really makes it special. Of course, it doesn't hurt that telling this story also involves basically being a rock star.”
In addition to Kappus, Jersey Boys stars Brad Weinstock as Frankie Valli, Colby Foytik as Tommy DeVito and Brandon Andrus as Nick Massi. The Tony-winning musical plays New Orleans' Mahalia Jackson Theater from January 8 through January 27.