The Doo Wop Project

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    The Doo Wop Project
    10 May 08:00 PM
    Until 10 May, 11:15 PM 3h 15m

    The Doo Wop Project

    place Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC) 1601 Irving Street Rahway, NJ 07065 expand_more
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    The Doo Wop Project, the dynamic, rave-reviewed celebration of a beloved music genre, has a brand new “DOO!” Starring the 5 engaging, charismatic and dashing Broadway stars from smash hits like Jersey BoysA Bronx TaleBeautiful, and Motown: The Musical with their all-star band, this exciting new show (with a brand new setlist) features fresh renditions of classic Doo Wop hits (remember “16 Candles” and “In the Still of the Night”?) as well as “doo-wopified” versions of contemporary hits like Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” and Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places.” Of course, they’ll keep some fan favorites in the new show – memorable numbers like “Remember When” and “That’s My Desire”.

    If you’ve seen The Doo Wop Project before, you’re in for another night to remember. If you haven’t seen them yet, you’ll be treated to a fantastic evening of the greatest music in American pop and rock history…from the classic sound of five guys singing harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today!

    The Doo Wop Project is:

    Dominic Nolfi (Vocalist) most recently performed on Broadway in Chazz Palminteri’s A Bronx Tale – The Musical, directed by Robert DeNiro and Jerry Zaks. As an Original Cast member of A Bronx Tale – The MusicalMotown: The Musical (Grammy nominated) and Jersey Boys (Grammy Award for Best Cast Album), he can be heard on all three soundtracks. Dominic also performed in the World Premiere productions of A Bronx Tale and Jersey Boys at the Paper Mill Playhouse and the La Jolla Playhouse. Dom was born and raised in San Francisco where he studied youth acting at the acclaimed American Conservatory Theatre. He studied Voice at the San Francisco Conservatory and attended the Boston Conservatory on scholarship where he graduated with a BFA in Theater. Upon graduation Dominic joined the European production of Grease. It was there that he met his future wife, Sonia Iannetti; they have a daughter Vivienne. Dominic is a founding member of The Doo Wop Project and is unbelievably proud of his association with the other men who helped create the group.

    Charl Brown (Vocalist) was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his role as “Smokey Robinson” in Motown The Musical; he reprised this role opening London’s West End production in 2015. He is also featured on the Grammy Nominated Original Broadway Cast recording. In 2014 Charl was honored to work with Stephen Schwartz playing the role of Adam/Noah in Children of Eden in Concert at the Kennedy Center. And last year returned to Kennedy Center in The Who’s Tommy Other Credits include; Jersey Boys on Broadway and Las Vegas (Hal Miller) Sister Act Broadway (Officer Eddie Souther, TJ, Pablo U/S, Ensemble) Hair (Hud) European Tour, The Who’s Tommy (Captain Walker) Denver Center, Ever After (Captain Laurent) Paper Mill Playhouse, Johnny Baseball (Tim Wyatt) ART, Dreamgirls (Curtis Taylor Jr.) SDMT, Ragtime (Coalhouse) Performance Riverside, Six Degrees of Separation (Paul) Long Beach Playhouse, Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas) Music at Westwood Theater, A Chorus Line (Richie) Starlight Theater, Star Wars Trilogy in 30 Minutes (Lando Calrissian) Edinburgh Fringe Festival. TV: EvilMadam SecretaryAmerica’s Got Talent (US & UK); Macy’s 85th & 87th Thanksgiving Day ParadeThe 63rd Annual Tony Awards, and A Capitol 4th 2013. Charl is a proud Graduate of the University of Southern California School of Dramatic Arts where he currently sits on the advisory board for the inaugural BFA in Musical Theater Class.

    Dwayne Cooper (Vocalist aka The Bass) is from Florence, SC and currently lives in New York City. He first began singing with a Christian a cappella group called “The Cunningham Singers”. Often referred to as a modern day Sammy Davis Jr. meets Barry White, he is what the industry calls a “triple threat” and has performed in the Broadway casts of Motown: The Musical and Hairspray, the Off Broadway revival of Smokey Joe’s Café, and several national tours including Showboat. As a songwriter and producer, his songs have appeared on the Billboard’s Top Ten Dance chart. Dwayne’s film and television credits include Law And OrderUnbreakable Kimmy SchmidtDifficult People and RuPaul’s Drag Race.

    Russell Fischer (Vocalist) was cast in the Broadway company of Jersey Boys on his 22nd birthday, marking his Broadway debut. Fischer starred in the second national tour of Big: The Musical. His latest NYC credit was in Baby Fat, Act 1: A Rock Opera at LaMama Experimental Theater Club. Regional credits include Thoroughly Modern MillieThe Music Man at Chautauqua Opera, the American premiere of Children of Eden at Paper Mill Playhouse and most recently, the Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival premiere of The Collins Boy. Fischer was a featured vocalist on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and in the HBO documentary, The Bronx, USA. He has appeared on the live broadcasts of the 2015 Belmont Stakes, the 2009 Tony Awards, and several spots for TV Land’s 60 Second Sitcoms. He enjoys sharing Doo-Wop music with audiences around the world.

    John Michael Dias (Vocalist) recently appeared on Broadway as Neil Sedaka in the Tony and Grammy Award-winning hit Beautiful: The Carol King Musical. He originated same the role for the Beautiful First National Tour. Dias gained a nationwide following starring as Frankie Valli of the Four Seasons in the smash hit Jersey Boys, playing the role on Broadway, as well as in the First National Tour, Vegas, and Chicago companies. Concerts: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Neil Sedaka’s Greatest Hits!. He can also be seen singing special appearances with the vocal group The Doo-Wop Project. Dias’ solo album, Write This Way, which features intimate takes on Broadway and pop favorites like “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” and “New York State of Mind” is available on iTunes. Dias earned a BFA in musical theatre from Boston Conservatory.

    Sonny Paladino (Music Director, Piano) Most recently served as Music Director, vocal/dance and incidental music arranger and orchestrator for the Broadway musical Gettin’ The Band Back Together, and for the off-Broadway revival of Smokey Joe’s Café. Other recent credits: Music Supervisor for the Broadway musical Natasha, and Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. Arrangements and orchestrations for The Indianapolis, Baltimore, Vancouver, Detroit and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestras and The Philly Pops. Associate Conductor for The Last Ship (written by 16-time Grammy Award winner, Sting), and the Tony winning best revival, Pippin. Other Broadway credits as a musician include Jesus Christ SuperstarBilly ElliotGreasePriscilla, Queen of the DesertGuys and DollsMama MiaPromises, PromisesThe Addams Family, and Women on the Verge. Music Supervisor for Disney’s High School Musical (Milan/Italy tour). 1st National Tours: Disney’s High School MusicalDirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Grease. As a composer: The Return of the Blue Cat (with poet F.D. Reeve.). TV: Disney’s Encore!The X-Factor (Australia), and The Next Big Thing. Sonny holds a B.F.A. in Jazz Piano from CUNY City College.

    To purchase accessible seating, please call UCPAC’s Box Office at 732-499-8226.

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