By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)
While interviewing celebrities during the Academy Awards along the Red Carpet, I met some exciting guests.
Three members of the “Jersey Boys” (Paris) cast- Joe Barbara, Jeff Leibow and Travis Cloer,
The “Jersey Boys” musical opened in 2008 and as Travis said, “We are still going strong.”
Why has the show been such a success? He answered, “It is a musical for people that are not familiar with Broadway musicals. “Jersey Boys” spans so many different audiences. You can be a person who loves musicals and appreciates it for the Broadway part of it. there is something for everybody.”
Joe felt, “I don’t want to jinx any of the films nominated for Academy Awards, but as a musical theater guy, “Les Miserables” has been my favorite of anything I have ever seen on stage.”
There were 49 musical numbers in the film!
The next guest, classical pianist/ comedian Mitchell Zeidwig, arrived.
Mitchell discussed his performance, “I’m a classical pianist and don’t know how to describe my show. It has several elements. I program original music and place it very carefully within my entertainment show.
I am called a comedian, mime, actor, and a clown, but I’m basically a pianist with an act. Among the things that happen, funny is just part of it. I don’t consider myself funny or a comedian.
When I chose the material years ago, I didn’t take anything from anyone. It is very simple stuff. Everything goes wrong when I play. The material is perceived as innovative because of that.”
Unlike most of the famous pianists who were prodigals at an early age, Mitchell didn’t begin studying piano until he was 19 years old and began his lessons at 23. He was interested in a professional baseball career.
Mitchell recently starred at the Home Show of Heidi Gustafson and Steward Smith. Home Shows are similar to those at night clubs and hotels yet private affairs scheduled at people’s homes. They are popular with many touring celebrities today.
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