Santa Monica Native Stars In Jersey Boys Paris Las Vegas

Thursday, 6 Feb 2014, 8:40:00 AM

Brenton Garen

“Jersey Boys” stars Santa Monica native Jeff Leibow (far left) at Paris Las Vegas. The other leads are Graham Fenton, Rob Marnell, and Deven May.
Photo by Joan Marcus
“Jersey Boys” stars Santa Monica native Jeff Leibow (far left) at Paris Las Vegas. The other leads are Graham Fenton, Rob Marnell, and Deven May.

Jersey Boys has entertained guests in Las Vegas for more than 2,000

performances since opening in 2008, and the show has performed at its

current home, Paris Las Vegas, since March 2012.

The show is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi.

This is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong

side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music

sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own

sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were

thirty.

The show features hits such as "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry,"

"Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," "Oh, What a Night" and many more.

Nick Massi is played by Santa Monica native Jeff Leibow, who has been with the show since its Las Vegas debut in 2008.

Leibow, who graduated Santa Monica High School in 1988, said his love

of performing on stage began when he was at Lincoln Jr. High School in

Santa Monica and started playing the oboe.  

But it wasn’t until he was a junior in college at UC Davis when a

friend of his dared him to come with her to auditions for a local

production of “A Chorus Line” that he even thought about theater.  

“I landed the role of ‘Mark,’ and after that I was hooked,” Leibow

said. “I put my oboe away, and traded it for a voice that I didn’t even

knew I had until then.”

Leibow said it was a process to be cast to the show. He said he had

just returned to California after some time in New York auditioning when

a friend told him auditions for a new Las Vegas production of Jersey

Boys.  

“After connecting with the casting director through a mutual friend,

my wife and I were headed to Vegas for the first round of auditions,” he

said. “This lead to two months of callbacks in Vegas, Los Angeles and a

few in New York including two in front of Frankie Valli and Bob

Gaudio.  A couple weeks after the final callback, I got the call.”

When asked what he loved most about being in the show, he said there were many.

“Other than the incredible script I get to dig into every night?” he

said. “I love see how Jersey Boys affects the audience.  Some are taken

back to their youth, and you can see them remember sitting in their

friends car when “Sherry” first hit; some are guys that got dragged to

the theater by their spouse and are the first to tear up at the end; and

some are discovering this music for the first time.  It is a rare thing

as an actor to see such a visceral reaction from the audience.”

As for playing Nick Massi, Leibow said the character was such a departure from him.  

“We do have similarities, but not that many,” he said. “So, every

night I get to transform into a new person. As an actor, I love the

challenge, and even after a couple thousand performances it still keeps

me going every night.

“Jersey Boys” performs Tuesday 6:30 pm & 9:30 pm, Wednesday 7 pm,

Thursday 7 pm, Friday 7 pm, Saturday 5 pm & 8:15 pm, and Sunday 7

pm. Tickets start at $53.

Le Theatre Des Arts at Paris Las Vegas is located at 3655 Las Vegas

Boulevard, Las Vegas NV 89109. For more information, call 1.866.574.3851

or visit parislasvegas.com/JerseyBoys.

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