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Doo Wop Project
The stunning resurgence of pop a cappella traditions today has roots in the music of the 1950s and 1960s. The tight harmonies and soaring melodies of groups like The Imperials, The Belmonts, and the Platters influenced generations of singers from The Beach Boys and The Temptations to Boyz II Men, Pentatonix, and Maroon 5. Join your BPO, The Doo Wop Project, and John Morris Russell for a retrospective of high-impact harmonies.
John Morris Russell, conductor
Dwayne Cooper, vocals
John Michael Dias, vocals
Russell Fischer, vocals
Jesse Nager, vocals
Dominic Nolfi, vocals
Joe Bergamini, drums
Santino Paladino, piano/music director
Program to be announced from the stage.
About Dwayne Cooper
Dwayne (The Bass) is from Florence, SC and currently lives in New York City. He first began singing with a Christian Acapella group called “The Cunningham Singers” where he learned how to sing in tight harmonies. Often referred to as a modern-day Sammy Davis Jr. Meets Barry White, he is what the industry calls a “triple threat” and has performed in the Broadway Casts of Motown: The musical, Hairspray the NY Revival/Off-Broadway production of Smokey Joe’s Café and has done several National Tours. As a songwriter, he has charted on Billboard’s over 1 million people. Dwayne’s TV/Film credits include Law and Order, Difficult People, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and RuPaul’s Drag Race.
About John Michael Dias
John Michael Dias recently appeared on Broadway as Neil Sedaka in the Tony and Grammy Award-winning hit Beautiful: The Carol King Musical. He originated the same roll for the Beautiful First National Tour. Originally from Tiverton, RI, Dias earned a BFA in musical theater from Boston Conservatory. John gained a nationwide following starring as Frankie Valli of the Four Seasons in the smash hit Jersey Boys, playing the role on Broadway, as well as in the first National Tour, Vegas, and Chicago companies.
Concerts: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: Neil Sedaka’s Greatest Hits! And Get Happy (a celebration of songs made famous by Judy Garland) with friend/collaborator Jacqueline Carnahan. Johns’ solo album, Write This Way, which features intimate takes on Broadway and pop favorites like “Can’t Take My Eyes off of You” and “New York State of Mind” is available on iTunes.
About Russell Fischer
Russell Fischer was cast in the Broadway company of Jersey Boys on his 22nd birthday marking his Broadway debut. Fischer starred in the second national tour of Big: The Musical. His latest NYC credit was in Baby Fat, Act 1: A Rock Opera at LaMama Experimental Theater Club. Regional credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Music Man at Chautauqua Opera, the American premiere of Children of Eden at Papermill Playhouse and most recently, the Atlanta Musical Theater Festival premiere of The Collins Boy. Fischer was a featured vocalist on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and in the HBO documentary, The Bronx, USA. He has appeared on the live broadcasts of the 2015 Belmont Stakes, the 2009 Tony Awards, and several spots for TV Land’s 60 Second Sitcoms.
About Jesse Nager
As a performer, Jesse starred as Smokey Robinson in the Broadway revival of Motown: The Musical (NAACP Theatre Award Nomination). He was also featured in the original New York productions of Motown: The Musical, Mamma Mia, Mary Poppins, Scandalous, Good Vibrations, and Fame!, and workshops of Rocky The Musical and Disney’s upcoming Hercules! Regional highlights include Stephen Sondheim’s Being Alive (dir. by Billy Porter at PTC), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Papermill), and Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus at The Ordway).
He has performed with Mariah Carey and Shania Twain at Madison Square Garden and his vocals have been heard on both seasons of NBC’s “Smash,” as well as the movie of “Hairspray,” and numerous commercials and corporate recordings across the country.
As a producer/director/choreographer/arranger/writer, Jesse has built and staged numerous events and concerts at venues across the world.
About Dominic Nolfi
Dominic Nolfi was last seen on Broadway in Chazz Palminteri’s A Bronx Tale – The Musical, directed by Robert DeNiro and Jerry Zaks. As an Original Cast member of A Bronx Tale – The Musical, Motown: The Musical (Grammy nominated) andJersey Boys (Grammy Award for Best Cast Album, Tony Award for Best Musical), he can be heard on all three soundtracks. Dominic also performed in the World Premiere productions of A Bronx Tale and Jersey Boys at the Paper Mill Playhouse and the La Jolla Playhouse. Dom was born and raised in San Francisco where he studied youth acting at the acclaimed American Conservatory Theatre. He studied Voice at the San Francisco Conservatory and attended the Boston Conservatory on scholarship where he graduated with a BFA in Theater. Upon graduation Dominic joined the European production of Grease. It was there that he met his future wife, Sonia Iannetti; they have a daughter Vivienne. Dominic studies Brazilian Jiujitsu at Brooklyn Martial Arts. He is currently a Blue Belt.
About Joe Bergamini
Joe Bergamini tours internationally with The Doo Wop Project and has performed on drums at 16 Broadway shows including Movin’ Out, Jersey Boys, In The Heights, The Lion King, Rock of Ages, Pippin, Jesus Christ Superstar, and others. He appears on recordings by the progressive rock bands Happy the Man and 4Front, and was the principal drummer for Broadway’s Gettin’ the Band Back Together in 2019. Also a popular educator and author, Joe has written over a dozen books about drumming and has worked one-on-one with the world’s most famous drummers on their educational books, including Neil Peart (Rush), Stewart Copeland (The Police), Steve Smith (Journey), Steve Gadd, and many others.
About Santino Paladino
Piano, Music Director
Currently Sonny is the Music Supervisor for the Broadway Musical Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, as well as Music Director for the upcoming Broadway Revival of Smokey Joe’s Café. Sonny’s recent credits include Associate Conductor, The Last Ship (written by 16 time Grammy Award winner, Sting), and the Tony-winning revival of Pippin. Other Broadway credits include Jesus Christ Superstar, Billy Elliot, Grease, Priscilla – Queen of the Desert, Guys and Dolls, Mamma Mia, Promises, Promises, Addams Family, and Women on the Verge. Sonny was the Music Supervisor for Disney’s High School Musical Italian tour and his national tour credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Grease. His arrangements and orchestrations have been performed by The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and he has worked with the likes of Alicia Keys, Ke$ha, and Matthew Morrison. Sonny’s work for television has been featured on the X-Factor Australia and The Next Big Thing. He earned his BFA in Jazz Piano from CUNY City College New York.