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The Doo Wop Project: Featuring Broadway Stars Of Jersey Boys, Motown: The Musical & More

September 19, 2023

Love the classic sounds of Frankie Valli, The Drifters, The Del Vikings? Ever wonder what Maroon 5 would sound like if they had lived in the Doo Wop Era? The Doo Wop Project begins at the beginning, tracing the inception of group singing developed by inner city African Americans performing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today. In their epic shows DWP takes audiences on a journey from foundational tunes of groups like The Crests, Belmonts and Flamingos through their influences on the sounds of Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and The Four Seasons all the way to DooWopified versions of modern musicians like Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz and Maroon 5.

Featuring stars of Broadway’s Smash Hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical, The Doo Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate—and in some cases entirely reimagine—some of the greatest music in American Pop and Rock History!

The Doo Wop Project
Dominic Nolfi was last seen 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 Musical, Motown: The Musical (Grammy Nominated) and Jersey Boys (Grammy Award for Best Cast Album, Tony Award for Best Musical), 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 a 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 studies Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Brooklyn Martial Arts. He's currently a Blue Belt.

Charl Brown was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his role as “Smokey Robinson” in “Motown: The Musical” on Broadway and he reprised this role opening London’s West End production in 2016. He is also featured on the Grammy Nominated Original Broadway Cast recording. Credits include: Jersey Boys Broadway & 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, (Specialist) Kennedy Center “Ever After” (Captain Laurent) Papermill Playhouse, Johnny Baseball (Tim Wyatt) ART, Dreamgirls (Curtis Taylor, Jr.) SDMT, Ragtime (Coalhouse) Performance Riverside, Six Degrees of Separation (Paul) Long Beach Playhouse, JC Superstar (Judas) Music at Westwood Theater, A Chorus Line (Richie) Starlight Theater, Star Wars Trilogy In 30 Minutes (Lando Calrissian) Edinburgh Fringe Festival. TV; “Evil,” “Madam Secretary,” “America's Got Talent” US & UK, Macy's 85th & 87th Thanksgiving Day Parades, The 63rd Annual Tony Awards, A Capitol 4th, 2013.

John Michael Dias recently appeared on Broadway as Neil Sedaka in the Tony and Grammy Award-Winning Hit Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. He originated the same role for the Beautiful First National Tour. Originally from Tiverton, Rhode Island, Dias earned a BFA in Musical Theater from Boston Conservatory. John 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. Johns’ Solo Album, Write This Way, 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.

Russell Fischer 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 New York City Credit was in Baby Fat, Act 1: A Rock Opera at LaMama Experimental Theater Club. Regional Credits include: Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Music Man at Chautauqua Opera, the American premiere of Children of Eden at Papermill 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.

Dwayne (The Bass) is from Florence, South Carolina and currently lives in New York City. He first began singing with a Christian A capella group called, "The Cunningham Sisters" where he learned how to sing in tight harmonies. 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, HAIRSPRAY, the New York Revival/Off- Broadway production of SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE and has done several National tours. As a songwriter, he has charted on Billboard's Top Ten Dance Chart and as a sketch comedy writer, his Youtube videos have been seen by over 1 million people. Dwayne's Tv/Film Credits include: Law and Order, Difficult People, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and RuPaul's Drag Race. You can find him at: @itsdwaynecooper on all of his Social Media Handles.

Currently Sonny Paladino is the Music Supervisor for the Broadway Musical, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, as well as Music Director for the upcoming Broadway revival of Smokey Joe’s Café. Sonny’s recent Credits include: Associate Conductor, The Last Ship (written by 16 time Grammy Award Winner, Sting), and the Tony-Winning Revival of Pippin. Other Broadway Credits include: Jesus Christ Superstar, Billy Elliot, Grease, Priscilla - Queen Of The Desert, Guys And Dolls, Mama Mia, Promises, Promises, Addams Family, And Women On The Verge. Sonny was the Music Supervisor for Disney’s High School Musical Italian tour and his National Tour Credits include: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Grease. His arrangements and orchestrations have been performed by the The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and he has worked with the likes of Alicia Keys, Ke$ha, and Matthew Morrison. Sonny’s work for television has been featured on The X-Factor Australia and The Next Big Thing. He earned his B.F.A. in Jazz Piano from CUNY City College, New York.

The Doo Wop Project will perform Thursday, March 21st, 2024 at The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center - 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $62.00 and will sell out fast.

Ticketmaster is the only official ticketing service of the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. Buy tickets online at: - Or by phone at: (877) 311-7469. Or: (954) 462-0222. Or in person at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center box office Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5:00 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to each performance. For Group Sales, please call: (954) 660-6307. Tickets start at 50.

FREE parking is available in the lots adjacent to the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center in front of the Aventura Community Recreation Center and the Aventura City of Excellence School.

Valet service is available for most performances at $20 per vehicle. Valet parking is located at the main entrance of the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center in the circular drive. There is a convenient drop-off area in front of the building.

The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is located at: 3385 Northeast 188th Street, Aventura, Florida 33180.

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