“Making the movie was easy, because I had 8 years to rehearse it on stage,” says Broadway-journeyman actor Donnie Kehr, who reprises his role as gangster ‘Norm Waxman’ in Clint Eastwood’s movie of the play Jersey Boys, coming out June 20.
Kehr, who’s appeared in such Broadway productions as Billy Elliot: The Musical; The Who’s Tommy; and, The Mystery of Edwin Drood; created the role of ‘Gyp De Carlo’ (2004) in the groundbreaking La Jolla Playhouse production of Jersey Boys and was the first to play ‘Norm Waxman’ in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production.
Now essaying ‘Waxman’ on screen, Donnie is the only star from the original La Jolla production to play a major role in the film, which also stars Christopher Walken (as “DeCarlo”) and John Lloyd Young (“Frankie Valli”) from the Broadway production.
“It's like a dream to go to work when you are greeted by Clint Eastwood and Chris Walken. I am still in shock and in awe of how cool they were. I had bruises because I pinched myself like 20 times to make sure it was real and not a dream.”
Donnie also created the role of “1st Pinball Lad” in the Broadway production of The Who’s Tommy for Director Des McAnuff and rock legend Pete Townshend. This collaboration with Townsend led to “Rockers On Broadway,” an innovative fundraiser that celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013.
Rockers has become a much-anticipated annual event, earning more than $300,000 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, The Broadway Foundation and other nonprofits that support arts education.
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