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Jersey Boys to celebrate 4th Birthday - minor cast changes
Jersey Boys, which celebreates 4 years in the West End in March, has announced some minor cast changes from 13 March 2012.
Joining the show are Nicola Brazil (Mary Delgado), Tee Jaye (Barry Belson), and Dan Burton (Joe Pesci), all three were in the original London company. Also joining are Howard Jones (Bob Crewe), Ben Jennings (Swing), Edd Post (Swing), Gemma Whitelam (Swing).
The show continues to feature Ryan Molloy (Frankie Valli - this role will be played by Jon Lee at some performances), Matthew Wycliffe (Bob Gaudio), Jon Boydon (Tommy DeVito), Eugene McCoy (Nick Massi), Charlie Bull (Lorraine),Mark Carroll (Donnie/Knuckles), Chris Gardner (Hank Majewski), Stuart Milligan (Gyp DeCarlo), Jake Samuels (Norm Waxman), along with Trina Hill, Michael Conway, Lucinda Gill, Mark Isherwood, Ben Wheeler.
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, which is currently taking bookings to 21 Oct 2012, 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)’.