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Cast changes in Jersey Boys from 18 March 2009
There are some cast changes in Jersey Boys, from 18 March 2009.
Mark Carroll, Ashley Hale, Madeleine Harland and James Winter will join the cast to play Donnie/Knuckles, Lorraine, Francine and Hank respectively.
Mark Carroll has played in West End productions of “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Oliver!” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and as a songwriter he has contributed to Ruthie Henshall’s album ‘Pilgrim’, which he also produced.
Ashley Hale was recently in West End productions of “Guys & Dolls” and “Dirty Dancing” and partnered Adam Cooper on television’s “Strictly Dance Fever”.
James Winter , who recently graduated from the Guildford School of Acting where he received the Musical Theatre Award, will be making his West End stage debut.
Michelle Bishop, Ben Evans and Christopher Hunt will also join the cast.
The cast currently includes Ryan Molloy (Frankie Valli), Stephen Ashfield (Bob Gaudio), Philip Bulcock (Nick Massi), Glenn Carter (Tommy DeVito), Scott Monello (alternate Frankie Valli). Simon Adkins (Bob Crewe), Suzy Bastone (Mary Delgado), Michelle Francis (Francine), Jye Frasca (Joe Pesci), Tee Jaye (Barry), Stuart Milligan (Gyp Decarlo), Joseph Prouse (Norm Waxman)
The show 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)’,