How 'Cher Show' Star Jarrod Spector Resurrects Pop Singers Onstage

Joan Marcus
Jarrod Spector as Sonny Bono

Actor Jarrod Spector’s starring role as Bono in The Cher Show (opening Dec. 3) is the latest in an unusual stage career: He has spent the past decade playing only pop music-related characters.

Frankie ValliJersey Boys

“You’ve got to get that glass-shattering, strident falsetto,” says Spector of the Four Seasons frontman’s instantly recognizable voice. “That sound is so damn specific. I learned a lot about rock singing by listening to Frankie.”

Barry Bann, Beautiful

Spector spent time with Mann himself, informing his take on the “neurotic, comic Jewish” songwriter, who wasn't known as a vocalist. For “We Gotta Get Out of This Place,” his big number in the Carole King bio-musical, “I mostly just listened to The Animals.”

Sonny Bono, The Cher Show

“Sonny was a little pitchy sometimes,” says Spector with a laugh. “You can’t think of him as a serious singer.” His presence -- especially his “wicked sense of humor” -- is more key to channel. “When we come out and sing ‘I Got You Babe,’ I want it to be as authentic as possible.”

This article originally appeared in the Sept. 15 issue of Billboard.