Casting Announced for Philadelphia Jersey Boys

News   Casting Announced for Philadelphia Jersey Boys The Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning musical Jersey Boys will play Philadelphia's Forest Theatre beginning Sept. 30.

Part of the new 2010-2011 Broadway Season presented by the Kimmel Center and the Shubert Organization, the production will play the Pennsylvania venue through Dec. 12. Opening night is scheduled for Oct. 2 at 8 PM.

The cast will be headed by Matt Bailey (Tommy DeVito), Joseph Leo Bwarie (Frankie Valli), Steve Gouveia (Nick Massi) and Quinn VanAntwerp (Bob Gaudio) as The Four Seasons, with Jonathan Hadley and Joseph Siravo.

The ensemble comprises Candi Boyd, Jared Bradshaw, Christopher DeAngelis, John Michael Dias, John Edwards, Philadelphia native Alayna Gallo, John Gardiner, Buck Hujabre, Denise Payne, Brian Silverman, Courter Simmons, Ryan Strand, Lauren Tartaglia, Kara Tremel, Mark Verdino and Kevin Worley.

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.

For tickets call (800) 447-7400, go to www.telecharge.com or visit the Forrest Theatre box office (1114 Walnut Street). For more information visit www.forrest-theatre.com, www.kimmelcenter.org or www.JerseyBoysInfo.com.

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