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Joseph has played 'Frankie' a record number of times, nearly 1700 performances (including Las Vegas, the 1st National Tour and his 2013 Broadway debut in the role). The California native began his professional career on "Highway To Heaven" at age 9 and holds a BFA from Boston's Emerson College. Bwarie's big band solo album Nothin' But Love (heard on XM Siriusly Sinatra) produced by Four Seasons' arranger Charles Calello is available on iTunes and Amazon. Learn more about JLB, his work with Los Angeles' acclaimed Troubadour Theater Company and his collaborations with Hollywood icon Garry Marshall at

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Joseph Leo Bwarie STAGE CREDITS

[US Tour]
1st National Tour, 2006
Frankie Valli [Replacement]

[Los Angeles]
World Premiere, 2006
Chachi Arcola

Original Broadway Production, 2005
Frankie Valli (Alternate) [Replacement]

Frankie Valli (Alternate) [Replacement]

Frankie Valli [Replacement]

Frankie Valli [Replacement]

Joseph Leo Bwarie Productions

[Off-Broadway, 2014]
Assistant Director

Joseph Leo Bwarie News

Interview: Christine Lakin's Ever Revolving Around CINDY's THE DISCO BALL

Last year’s Garry Marshall Theatre production of Cindy & The Disco Ball returns reincarnated as Cindy & The Disco Ball: The Musical opening October 7, 2023. Both Joseph Leo Bwarie and Christine Lakin reprise their co-directorial roles of this retro retelling of the classic Cinderella story. Christine managed to break away from rehearsal to answer a few of my queries.

CINDY & THE DISCO BALL Starring Saylor Bell Curda Will Open at The Garry Marshall Theatre Next Month

This retro retelling of the Cinderella story whisks us back to the sun-kissed days and lava lamp lit nights of 1976 with an original musical score that blends the sounds of disco rhythms and Broadway musical magic.

Garry Marshall Theatre Extends CINDY & THE DISCO BALL

The original musical comedy is resonating with, and reaching audiences of all ages across Los Angeles. The live band fills the beautiful Burbank theatre with a funky 1970s sound, the songs show off stunning vocals from the dazzling cast. The show stars Christopher De'Vonte Baker, Jasiana Caraballo, Malynda Hale, Hayden Kharrazi, and Abigail Kate Thomas.

Interview: Playwright Lori Marshall Boogie-ing with CINDY & THE DISCO BALL

Next up at the Garry Marshall Theatre, Lori Marshall and Joseph Leo Bwarie’s Cindy & The Disco Ball opening October 7, 2022. Joe co-directs (with Christine Lakin) the cast of Christopher Baker, Jasiana Caraballo, Malynda Hale, Hayden Kharrazi and Abigail Kate Thomas.

Garry Marshall Theatre Presents CINDY & THE DISCO BALL Next Month

Cindy & The Disco Ball: The Musical is set to kick off GMT's live, indoor season with a superfly Cinderella story. So break out the bell-bottoms and platform shoes because Garry Marshall Theatre is gettin' down with the boogie!

Garry Marshall Theatre Announces Outdoor Summer Concert Series This Month

Garry Marshall Theatre has announced their Outdoor Summer Concert Series featuring Joseph Leo Bwarie (Jersey Boys), Crystal Lewis (GRAMMY-nominated Jazz artist), Ty Taylor (Nouveau Mid-Century Romance Songbook), Alisan Porter (Winner - Season 10 The Voice), and Don Most (Happy Days).

Garry Marshall Theatre Announces FULL OUT! Fundraiser Set For This Week

Tony-winner & Emmy-winner Billy Porter (Pose, Kinky Boots) to join Broadway's award-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell for a one-night only fundraiser to benefit the nonprofit Garry Marshall Theatre. Tony-winner Marissa Jaret Winokur (Celebrity Big Brother, Hairspray) will lead the conversation with Mitchell on stage.

Garry Marshall Theatre Adds New Evening Shows to JANE AUSTEN UNSCRIPTED

Evening performances and Regency-inspired beverages have been announced for Garry Marshall Theatre and Impro Theatre's co-production of Jane Austen Unscripted. Presented on GMT's new outdoor stage, select Friday evenings have been added with golden hour cocktails by Pomp & Whimsy.

Garry Marshall Theatre And Impro Theatre Present JANE AUSTEN UNSCRIPTED, In The GMT Garden, April 16- May 8

Garry Marshall Theatre is kicking off its 2022 theatrical year with Jane Austen Unscripted presented on the new GMT outdoor stage, starring the critically acclaimed Impro Theatre. Join live musicians, delectable tea and treats, and the company members of Jane Austen Unscripted, in a modern, Regency comedy in the blooming Marshall Gardens. 

Photos: Nicolas King & Tomey Sellars Join Legendary Arranger Charles Calello's Big Band

The amalgamation of music you hear accompanying and supporting a melody line are most times just as important for the arousal of your musical senses as is the original tune itself.  The mood of the song is set by the arrangers ( really composers) who create those sounds.

BWW Interview: Kamilah Marshall's Always In HARMONY, HOLIDAZE Or Otherwise

What is becoming a holiday tradition at the Garry Marshall Theatre, the latest edition of HOLIDAZE HARMONY world premieres livestream December 15th, newly titled HOLIDAZE HARMONY: A SOULFUL CHRISTMAS. Garry Marshall Theatre’s artistic director Joseph Leo Bwarie directs long-time friends Terron Brooks and Kamilah Marshall in channeling their stunning vocals in HOLIDAZE songs. Had the opportunity to catch Kamilah before her rehearsals with Shoshana Bean.

THE ROOT BEER BANDITS Return to Garry Marshall Theatre In Burbank This Month

The 'Bandits' are back! The Root Beer Bandits – A Rootin' Tootin' Wild West Musicale, reopens the Garry Marshall Theatre with a limited engagement.

BWW Interview: Kelly Brandeburg Takes Her Hat Off for THE ROOT BEER BANDITS

The shiny new and improved version of the Garry Marshall-mentored THE ROOT BEER BANDITS re-opens the Garry Marshall Theatre stage on October 2, 2021. As with any Garry Marshall production, re-vamps and rewrites are also welcomed and encouraged. Original creators Joseph Leo Bwarie and Lori Marshall (book and lyrics) and Rachael Lawrence (music) have polished the 2019 production even further for this 2021 show with more songs, more story, and more live music. Had the chance to shoot some questions at Kelly Brandeburg, who’s reprising her role as Copper Penny, on her BANDITS history and her brush with the Smithsonian.

Garry Marshall Theatre Announces 4th Annual New Works Play Festival

Garry Marshall Theatre presents the 4th Annual New Works Festival featuring virtual presentations of the five finalists selected this year. September 24-26 is the virtual festival, presented via livestream on Garry Marshall Theatre YouTube. 

4th Annual Garry Marshall Theatre New Works Festival Seeks Submissions

Garry Marshall Theatre (GMT) is now accepting submissions for its fourth annual New Works Festival to be held virtually September 24-26, 2021.

BWW Review: Brooks & Marshall's Joyous Gift of HOLIDAZE HARMONY

You know you're in for a fun show when HOLIDAZE HARMONY starts off with the two performers singing 'The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late),' while breathing in helium balloons. HOLIDAZE HARMONY features the delightful song stylings of two charismatic Broadway performers Terron Brooks and Kamilah Marshall. The chemistry of these two long-time friends shine through throughout the entire show, whether in their playful patter or their lovingly sharing the spotlight.

Encore Dates Announces for Garry Marshall Theatre's HOLIDAYZ HARMONY

Garry Marshall Theatre announces new Encore show dates to their popular Christmas streaming event Holidaze Harmony – including stunning new, never before seen bonus material.

BWW Interview: Joseph Leo Bwarie Celebrates HOLIDAZE & Garry Marshall

Garry Marshall Theatre and Dark Blue Mondaze presents​​​​​​​ HOLIDAZE HARMONY, a virtual concert featuring recording artists and Broadway stars Terron Brooks and Kamilah Marshall. HOLIDAZE HARMONY's director/producer Joseph Leo Bwarie shares some backstory in creating HOLIDAZE HARMONY, playing Frankie Valli in JERSEY BOYS, and his journey with Garry Marshall - the man and the theatre.

Garry Marshall Theatre Presents HOLIDAZE HARMONY

Recording artists and Broadway stars Terron Brooks and Kamilah Marshall reunite at the Garry Marshall Theatre for a breathtaking 60-minute holiday extravaganza: Holidaze Harmony. This year the virtual concert comes in the form of a multi-camera filming from the stage of the Garry Marshall Theatre. World premiere stream is Wednesday, December 16 at 7pm PST. On demand performances are December 17-20.

Garry Marshall Theater to Present HOLIDAZE HARMONY

Join life-long best friends, the self-proclaimed “Black Donny and Marie,” Terron Brooks (The Soul of Broadway, NBC miniseries The Temptations, Broadway's The Lion King) and Kamilah Marshall (NBC's Hairspray! Live, Broadway's RENT, Hairspray, Bette Midler's The Showgirl Must Go On and Kiss My Brass world tour) from the coziness of your home.


Joseph Leo Bwarie has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

Joseph Leo Bwarie has not appeared in the West End.

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