Donnie Kehr Joins JERSEY BOYS Film as 'Norm Waxman'
Kehr made his Broadway debut at age twelve in "LEGEND", a play starring F. Murray Abraham. Other Broadway credits followed such as "THE HUMAN COMEDY", produced by the legendary Joseph Papp. He created the role of Robert Bascomb in "THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD" for the New York Shakespeare Festival. He was the original pinball lad in "The Who's TOMMY", winner of five Tony Awards and a Grammy Award for best theatrical recording, produced by Sir George Martin. In 2003 he co-starred with Toni Braxton in Elton John and Tim Rice's, "AIDA" on Broadway. Donnie created the role of Norm Waxman on Broadway in "Jersey Boys" and is currently in the highly anticipated up-coming Broadway production of "Billy Elliot".
Donnie is the Founder and Executive Producer/Director of Rockers On Broadway the flagship production of The PATH Fund, Inc., a foundation he created to o give artists of all kinds an avenue to share their unique talents while helping raise money for charities that benefit the arts and entertainment communities that inspires their livelihood.
As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Broadway's John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda and Boardwalk Empire's Vincent Piazza are under consideration to star in the movie musical. All of the actors, with the exception of Piazza, have previously appeared in a stage production of the musical.
Although no offers have been instigated or confirmed, sources tell Variety that Warner Bros. has approved the four actors as its top choices. If cast, Young would play Frankie Valli, Bergen would play Bob Gaudio, Piazza would play Tommy DeVito and Lomenda would play Nick Massi.
The JERSEY BOYS film adaptation is written by John Logan and is currently slated to begin shooting this summer in Los Angeles.
JERSEY BOYS is the journey 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: Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty.
JERSEY BOYS is the winner of the 2006 Best Musical Tony Award, the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album and the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Directed on Broadway by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff, JERSEY BOYS is written by Academy Award-winner Marshall Brickmanand Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.