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
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
“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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