New Rochelle native to play Stepinac’s Major Bowes Theater on Friday night
New Rochelle’s John Michael Coppola has a thing for Jersey. He was in the Chicago company of “Jersey Boys” and has an affinity for Jersey singers.
On Friday at 8, he’ll perform his cabaret act — “A Jersey Voice: Sinatra to Springsteen … and Everyone in Between” — at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains. The set list ranges from true Jersey guys Sinatra, Springsteen and Frankie Valli to Long Islander Billy Joel and Dean Martin, the pride of Steubenville, Ohio.
Coppola will bring a seven-piece band with him to Stepinac, in a show that premiered in Arlington Heights, Ill., last year and made the rounds of Chicagoland venues. After the Stepinac date, Coppola will continue to tour with the show, which takes a musical journey from New York to Chicago and back.
Coppola has made a career in regional theater, in productions ranging from “She Loves Me” to “42nd Street” to “Forbidden Broadway” and “Singin’ in the Rain.” In Chicago, he covered many roles, and went on as Frankie Valli in the Tony-winning Four Seasons musical.
Proceeds from “A Jersey Voice” will benefit Stepinac Drama, whose production of “The Phantom of the Opera” was named best overall production at the Metropolitan High School Theater Awards in June.
Here’s a sample of what you’ll hear Friday night.