Men on the Move: Jarrod Spector

By A.D. Amorosi, Kristin Detterline, Sarah Jordan and Robert Strauss | April 3, 2019 | People

Jarrod Spector


WHAT’S NOW Channeling Sonny Bono in Broadway’s The Cher Show

WHAT’S NEXT Starring in this month’s (con)artist

To make it in acting, one must excel at pretending to be other people. Philadelphia native Jarrod Spector is uniquely skilled at pretending to be other people who happen to be real people. He starred in the blockbuster musical Jersey Boys for six years as Four Seasons frontman Frankie Valli, then went on to play another real-life role in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Spector’s portrayal of songwriter Barry Mann nabbed him a Tony Award nomination in 2014. Since December 2018, he’s been decked out in bell bottoms playing the part of Sonny Bono in The Cher Show. “Without doing an impression, you have to consider what the pillars are that make someone famous,” says Spector, who reveals even more of his performance secrets—along with a medley of iconic songs—in (con) artist, April 15 at New York City’s Sony Hall. Although Philadelphia will always be home—“I’m a die- hard Philly sports fan,” he says— it’s the Jersey Shore that’s in his heart. “My wife, Kelli, and I still go to Margate every summer. The cheesesteaks at White House Subs in Atlantic City are the real deal.”

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