Why See Jersey Boys?
Oh what a night!
How did a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time?
Jersey Boys is the smash hit jukebox musical that gives us the true, sometimes gritty and always spectacularly entertaining story of falsetto idol Franki Valli and The Four Seasons. The blue collar boys in the shiny Lurex suits strode onto the scene in 1965, wowing the public for 20 years with hits such as 'Big Girls Don't Cry','Oh What a Night,' 'Walk like a Man,' and many more. But before fame and fortune, comes a difficult, and sometimes not entirely legal, journey to stardom.
Created by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, they wanted to create a traditional 'documentary' style story of the blue collar stars and Jersey Boys came from interviews with the surviving members of the band, cemented by Tommy Devito's addition: 'Don't listen to those guys. I'll tell you what really happened.'
Since its debut in 2005, Jersey Boys has become a must see, embedding itself in the Broadway landscape, playing over 3,000 performances and winning 4 Tonys, proving that the rags to riches, to rags again, story is an ever enduring theme!
Jersey Boys is now on tour for the second time and hits the Devos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids, MI, Closed October 6, 2013
I'll tell you what really happened
Told in 4 parts, each member has an act to tell his side of the story, even it if it clashes with the others. We get the real story of Franki Valli and the Four Seasons, from humble beginnings to the thrill superstardom and back again, via loan sharks, jail time, tense dealings with the Mob and the strength of friendship, sound-tracked by the irresistibly recognisable hits that keep you coming back for more.
Did you know?
The Four Seasons sold over 175 million records worldwide, all before they were 30 years old!
Opening night: 1 October 2013
Jersey Boys may be inappropriate for children aged 12 and under (strong language).
Two hours and 30 minutes with one 15 minute intermission.
Cast and Creative
Matthew Dailey as Tommy DeVito
Keith Hines as Nick Massi
Hayden Milanes as Frankie Valli
Drew Seeley as Bob Gaudio
Bobby Anderson as Bob Crewe
Thomas Fiscella as Gyp DeCarlo
Tommaso Antico as Hank Majewski
Jaycie Dotin as Lorraine
Marlana Dunn as Mary
De'lon Grant as Barry Belson
Miguel Jarquin-Moreland as Frankie Valli alternate
John Rochette as Norm Waxman
Leslie Rochette as Francine
Jonny Wexler as Joey
Keith White as Billy Dixon
Directed by Des McAnuff
Choreography by Sergio Trujillo
Set Design by Klara Zieglerova
Costume Design by Jess Goldstein
Lighting Design by Howell Binkley
Sound Design by Steve Canyon Kennedy
Orchestrations by Steve Orich
Music and Lyrics by Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe
Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice
TONY AWARDS 2006
Best Lighting Design: Howell Binkley
Best Book of a Musical: Rick Elice and Marshall Brickman
Best Direction of a Musical: Des McAnuff
Best Orchestrations: Steve Orich
Best Scenic Design of a Musical: Klara Zieglerova
DRAMA DESK AWARDS 2006
Outstanding Sound Design
Outstanding Book of a Musical
Outstanding Director of a Musical
OUTER CIRCLE CRITICS AWARD 2006
Outstanding Broadway musical
Oustanding Lighting Design: Howell Binkley
Outstanding Director of a Musical
DRAMA LEAGUE AWARDS 2006
Distinguished production of a musical
Julia Hansen award for excellence in directing (Des McAnuff)
Best Show Album
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