Jersey Boys cast changes 15 March 2011
Jon Lee, one of the original members of pop group S Club 7, joins the West End Production of Jersey Boys from 15 March 2011, playing the role of ‘Frankie Valli’ at certain performances. He joins Ryan Molloy who continues in the role of 'Frankie Valli' for a fourth year.
Jon Lee's West End credits include 'Marius' in 'Les Misérables'.
Jon Lee said, “I'm so excited to be playing the role of ‘Frankie Valli’ in Jersey Boys, it's been a goal of mine since the show opened. Ryan is exceptional in the show and I feel lucky to be working with him and truly blessed to be performing some of The Four Seasons biggest hits. I can't wait!”
Matthew Wycliffe will also join the cast as 'Bob Gaudio,' Wayne Smith as 'Bob Crewe,' Rachael Wooding as 'Mary Delgado,' Carl Au as 'Joe Pesci,' Lauren Hall as 'Francine,' Jo Servi as 'Barry Belson,' Chris Gardner as 'Hank Majewski' and Jake Samuels as 'Norm Waxman.' Trina Hill and Tom Oakley also join the cast. Jon Boydon will continue to star as 'Tommy DeVito,' Eugene McCoy as 'Nick Massi,' Mark Carroll as 'Donnie/Knuckles,' Charlie Bull as 'Lorraine' and Stuart Milligan as 'Gyp DeCarlo.' Also in the cast are Lucinda Gill, Michael Conway, Mark Isherwood, Ben Wheeler and Paul Iveson.
Jersey Boys opened at the Prince Edward Theatre 18 Mar 2008, following previews from 28 Feb 2008 to reasonable notices from the popular press: THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Slickly animated production." THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "It has a quality you rarely find in musicals - gritty honesty - as well as the best collection of pop hits since Mamma Mia!" THE GUARDIAN says, "A pleasant, forgettable night out; no more, no less."
Jersey Boys is written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe.
The London production is staged by the entire original Broadway creative team: Directed by Des McAnuff , designed by Klara Zieglerova, lighting by Howell Binkley, choreography by Sergio Trujillo, costumes by Jess Goldstein, sound by Steve Canyon Kennedy and projections design by Michael Clark. The orchestrations are by Steve Orich and the music direction and vocal arrangements by Ron Melrose.
The story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons – Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi – and how this group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American and International pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were thirty. Their songs include ‘Sherry’, ‘Walk Like A Man’, ‘December, 1963 (Oh What a Night)’, ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’, ‘My Eyes Adored You’, ‘Let’s Hang On (To What We’ve Got)’.