Bailey, Bwarie, Franklin and Gouveia to Star in D.C. Premiere of Jersey Boys

News   Bailey, Bwarie, Franklin and Gouveia to Star in D.C. Premiere of Jersey Boys Casting has been announced for the Washington, D.C., premiere engagement of the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys.

The production, which will play the National Theatre Oct. 1-Dec. 12, will feature Matt Bailey (Tommy DeVito), Joseph Leo Bwarie (Frankie Valli), Josh Franklin (Bob Gaudio) and Steve Gouveia (Nick Massi) as The Four Seasons, with Jonathan Hadley and Joseph Siravo.

The ensemble will comprise Christopher DeAngelis, Graham Fenton, John Gardiner, Buck Hujabre, Leo Huppert, Michelle Knight, Renée Marino, Brandon Matthieus, Denise Payne, Nathan Scherich, Brian Silverman, Courter Simmons, Ryan Strand, Katie Tomlinson, Kara Tremel and Kevin Worley.

Jersey Boys is produced by Dodger Theatricals, Joseph J. Grano, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, and Pelican Group, with Latitude Link and Rick Steiner.

Jersey Boys, according to press notes, is "the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. It's a journey 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 30."

The creative team includes Tony-winning director Des McAnuff and choreographer Sergio Trujillo as well as Klara Zieglerova (scenic design), Jess Goldstein (costume design), Howell Binkley (lighting design), Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Clark (projections design), Charles LaPointe (wig and hair design), Steve Orich (orchestrations) and Ron Melrose (music direction, vocal arrangements and incidental music). Jersey Boys arrived in November 2005 at Broadway's August Wilson Theatre. The Broadway production garnered four Tony Awards: for stars John Lloyd Young and Christian Hoff, lighting designer Howell Binkley and for Best Musical.

The award-winning production features music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and a book by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice.

Tickets for Jersey Boys, starting at $51.50, are on sale now through Telecharge at www.telecharge.com or by calling (800) 447-7400. Tickets will be available at the National Theatre Box Office beginning Aug. 13.

For more information visit www.NationalTheatre.org or www.JerseyBoysInfo.com.

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