BRISTOL – Bristol native Matt Faucher has been touring the country as part of a national production of Jersey Boys, playing the role of Nick Massi, bass player of The Four Seasons.
Faucher, who grew up in Bristol, received his musical education at the The Hartt School at The University of Hartford and went on to become a professional actor in New York. He has been touring as part of the Jersey Boys production since December.
“It has been a real treat to travel the country after the pandemic and bring live theater back to audiences,” he said.
Faucher has previously performed in musicals such as “Beautiful” and he has also done television acting, recently appearing as “Rob Parker” on America’s Most Wanted last year.
Faucher auditioned for Jersey Boys in Oct. 2021. He rehearsed with other cast member for a month before the musical opened for its first show in Detroit.
“I play Nick Massi, the bass player,” said Faucher. “I have been singing the music for many years and I look the part. It’s great to be a part of the program. It’s a great show, with amazing music. We really love singing together; you can see it in our eyes. One of the first songs I ever remember hearing was ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry” when I was standing in line at Webster Bank with my mom in Bristol. I’ve always been a big fan of harmonies.”
The production will be making more than 50 stops around the country, including a performance June 4 at 7 p.m. at Palace Theater in Waterbury.
“The best part is that it’s the sort of show that appeals to a wide audience,” said Faucher. “You will love it whether you’re a diehard musical theater fan or Uncle Joe that normally doesn’t care about musicals. It has a script that’s like Goodfellas with a musical score. It’s a real rags to riches story and it includes all the hits you remember from The Four Seasons.”
Other songs featured in Jersey Boys include “Sherry”, “December 1963 (Oh What A Night)”, “My Eyes Adored You”, “Stay”, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, “Walk Like A Man”, “Who Loves You”, “Working My Way Back to You”, “Rag Doll” and more.
Faucher said that he looks forward to stopping back in Bristol around the time of his show in Waterbury to visit with his parents, who moved back to Bristol during the pandemic, and enjoying a home cooked meal with them.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.