How Top Broadway Performers Created a Hit Doo Wop Group

The Doo Wop Project’s Six Broadway Performers Showcase Classic and Current Hits

The six members of the Doo Wop Project hail from the very best performance education: Broadway.

“Performing on Broadway gave us the chops to feel confident in creating our own act,” says founding member Dominic Nolfi. “The stage time and experience of creating an original Broadway show prepares you for any creative and practical challenges.”

The Doo Wop Project performers know this better than most.

Each member of the group – which performs original and contemporary songs in the joyful harmonies of Doo Wop – performed for years with highly successful Broadway musicals, such as “Hairspray” and “Jersey Boys.”

Group member Charl Brown even earned a Tony nomination for originating the role of Smokey Robinson in “Motown: the Musical.”

“We all feel lucky to be part of the time-honored American tradition that is Broadway,” Nolfi says, adding, “performing and touring in a long-running show for multiple years teaches you about stamina.”

That’s why the Doo Wop Project promises to deliver flawless vocals and exuberant stage presence in the group’s anticipated return to Myron’s Cabaret Jazz on February 28 and 29.

They will even be backed by a five-piece band, Nolfi notes.

“Audiences can expect great singing and showmanship, with a healthy dose of high energy,” Nolfi says.

Born from Broadway

Founding members Nolfi and Dominic Scaglione Jr. sparked the idea for the Doo Wop Project backstage at Broadway’s August Wilson Theater, where the pair costarred in “Jersey Boys.”

Nolfi played Tommy DeVito, with Scaglione Jr. starring as Frank Valli.

In between scenes portraying a gifted singing group, they created their own.

The two bonded over memories of enjoying Doo Wop with their parents and in movies. They agreed to create a group to preserve this style they loved — and the additional members joined for the same reason.

While aligning their performance schedules initially proved tricky, the group’s popularity surged, with their concerts jumping from 10 to 80 a year.

“We feel this music is timeless, and will always have a place in American culture,” Nolfi says.

Preserving a National Legacy

Doo Wop has a long history in America, Nolfi notes.

The style was born out of the American musical genres of jazz and R&B, he explains. After World War II, young singers sought a fresh approach to harmonizing, and the Doo Wop sound gradually emerged.

“The contribution it’s had on American music is staggering,” Nolfi says.

Showcasing the Classic and the New

At the Doo Wop Project’s upcoming performances, audiences will enjoy a musical journey through the evolution of Doo Wop, from its beginnings with the Crests and the Belmonts, to Doo Wop arrangements of contemporary hits by artists such as Michael Jackson and Maroon 5.

The performers will also discuss Doo Wop’s history, Nolfi adds, and share personal stories of their connections to the music.

“It's our mission to keep this music alive for younger generations, and to give our older fans a trip down memory lane,” he says.

SEE THE SHOW

The Doo Wop Project performs at 7 p.m. on February 28 and 29. For tickets, click here.

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