How did a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks become 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 American musical theater landscape, playing over 3,000 performances and winning 4 Tonys on Broadway and proving that the rags to riches, to rags again, story is an ever-enduring theme!
Told in 4 parts, each member has an act to tell his side of the story, even 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 recognizable hits that keep you coming back for more.
The Four Seasons sold over 175 million records worldwide, all before they were 30 years old!
Performance date: 20 April 2021
Jersey Boys may be inappropriate for children aged 12 and under (strong language).
Two hours and 30 minutes with one 15 minute intermission.
The Four Seasons
Michael Milton as Nick Massi
Eric Chambliss as Bob Gaudio
Corey Greenan as Tommy DeVito
Jon Hacker as Franki Valli
The Ensemble Includes:
Andres Acosta, Justin Albinder, Ashley Bruce, Kenneth Quinney Francoeur, Kate Goffman, Connor Lyon, Kevin Patrick Martin, Sean McGee, Hamilton Moore, Bruno Vida, Amy Weaver
Directed by Des McAnuff
Written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice
Music by Bob Gaudio
Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Choreographed by Sergio Trujillo
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
Outstanding Sound Design
Outstanding Book of a Musical
Outstanding Director of a Musical
Outstanding Broadway musical
Oustanding Lighting Design: Howell Binkley
Outstanding Director of a Musical
Distinguished production of a musical
Julia Hansen award for excellence in directing (Des McAnuff)
Best Show Album
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