by Alessia Salimbene
“The Broadway community is a family but when you actually have a sibling in the business it makes it even better.” - JP Ferreri (Newsies) perfectly describes how wonderful it is to have his sister, Lori Ann Ferreri (Wicked, On the Town) in the business with him.
When I asked Lori Ann and JP what it was like when they found out one another had been cast in their first Broadway show, the joy and love was palpable. Lori Ann said, “When my brother told me he booked Newsies on Broadway I immediately started crying.” And because she was on tour at the time, “JP had to talk me out of quitting the tour because I wanted to be in the audience for his debut.” But the second she had time away from the tour, she was in the audience front and center to see her brother.
JP knew that they’d both be in show business when they were young, “Growing up it was just something we dreamed of and that’s why we danced! I wouldn’t be where I am without my sister.” Living only twenty minutes outside of NYC in New Jersey, the two got the chance to see shows and get hooked on the twinkling lights of Broadway.
Most people have their own personal dream role, but I wanted to know what JP and Lori Ann thought was the perfect role for each other. Lori Ann said that she would love JP to “get the chance to do West Side Story” because of incredible dancing ability. While JP said something very similar about his sister. “I think any leading lady where the role was made for a dancer. Such as Cassie in A Chorus Line, or Anita in West Side Story. I don’t care I will say it, and not because she’s my sister, but Lori Ann hands down has the best “Music in the Mirror” I have ever seen!”
There is such love and pride that comes from each other especially if you have them talking about the others accomplishments. “Watching my brother on Broadway was a memory I will never forget. Even more special than my own Broadway debut,” Lori Ann says. And even though she and her little brother have never been in a show together, both agree it’s something that needs to happen one day.
Broadway can be difficult, so having a support system is important - but having a sibling who understands exactly what you’re going through is an unparalleled experience. JP says, “We inspire each other, give each other advice on a performance or before an audition.” And it seems like Lori Ann agrees, “JP and I always say we are in it together. In this crazy business, it’s such a gift to have someone always on your side and who understands the ups and downs of this crazy world.”