8/09/2005 by Craig Brockman for http://www.broadwayworld.com/
JERSEY BOYS features a book by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, music by Bob Crewe, and is directed by Tony® Award-winner Des McAnuff. Performances begin Tuesday, October 4 and the officially opening night is Sunday, November 6 at the Virginia Theatre, soon to be the August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street).
JERSEY BOYS is the new Broadway musical about The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how 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. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were thirty.
The cast of JERSEY BOYS is lead by Christian Hoff (Tommy DeVito), Daniel Reichard (Bob Gaudio), J. Robert Spencer (Nick Massi) and John Lloyd Young (Frankie Valli) as The Four Seasons.
The cast also includes Tituss Burgess, Steve Gouveia, Heather Ferguson, Peter Gregus, Donnie Kehr, John Leone, Michael Longoria, Mark Lotito, Jennifer Naimo, Dominic Nolfi, Erica Piccininni, and Sara Schmidt.
JERSEY BOYS is produced on Broadway by Dodger Theatricals, Joseph J. Grano, Pelican Group, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella.
Adrian Bryan-Brown welcomes the press
Des McAnuff (director) describes the show and his involvement
Rick Elice (Book) talks about the structure
of the show..
along with fello book writer, Marshall Brickman
Daniel Reichard (Bob Gaudio) serves as narrator
for part of the show.
Daniel (as Bob) plays a tune for the “boys”…
…who quickly join in for the song. (l-r) Christian Hoff (Tommy DeVito),
John Lloyd Young (Frankie Valli), Daniel and J. Robert Spencer (Nick Massi)
The Jersey Boys
John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli
J. Robert Spencer and Daniel Reichard
Before they were The Four Seasons, the group sang back up
vocals to other recording artists…
one played by Tituss Burgess
another by Erica Piccininni
and another by Donnie Kehr
Peter Gregus portrays a record producer who brings
the Jersey Boys into the studio
Daniel and Peter
John and Peter
The group toasts to a hit song
Erica and Christian take a ride (with J. Robert in the backseat)
Sara and John
Listening to a song the boys just wrote
Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons appear on TV
Daniel at the Keyboard
J. Robert on Bass
Christian Hoff on Guitar
Des watches the scene
John (as Frankie) lays down a song in the studio while
Michael Longoria acts as the sound engineer.
Christian strikes a pose
Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio make a deal
The musical shows the ups and downs of the group
including gambling, the mob, prison, and more…
Avoiding a fight…
Frankie and his wife argue about his time spent away from
Daniel and John
J. Robert Spencer (as Nick Massi)
Performing a bittersweet ballad.
Daniel, Donnie and John
The “Girls” – Sara, Erica and Jennifer
Tituss and Michael
Donnie, Des and Christian – a TOMMY reunion
Book writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice pose for
a parting shot of The Jersey Boys!