Erich Bergen Lands Role in Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys Film

News   Erich Bergen Lands Role in Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys Film
 
Erich Bergen, who played the role Bob Gaudio in the first national tour, Los Angeles and Las Vegas casts of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Jersey Boys, will reprise that part in Clint Eastwood's film adaptation of the hit musical.

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Bergen’s film debut, "How Sweet It Is," co-starring Paul Sorvino and Erika Christensen, will be released on DVD, iTunes and OnDemand in fall 2013. On television he has appeared in "Gossip Girl," "Person Of Interest," "Desperate Housewives" and "Franklin & Bash." Bergen’s other recent stage work includes Billy Crocker in the national tour of Roundabout Theatre Company's Anything Goes, the title role in Hero at the Marriott Lincolnshire and Rudi Gernreich in the Los Angeles premiere of The Temperamentals.

As previously announced, The Hollywood Reporter recently revealed that the Jersey Boys film will also feature Donnie Kehr as Norm Waxman, Jeremy Luke ("Don John," "Lost Angels") as loan shark Donnie with Joey Russo ("Turbo and Joey," "It's You Not Me") as Joe Pesci.

Variety previously reported that Eastwood and his producers are eyeing John Lloyd Young, Michael Lomenda and Vincent Piazza for the film's other lead roles. Christopher Walken was previously announced to play the role of Angelo "Gyp" DeCarlo.

The film will begin shooting late this summer in Los Angeles. Graham King ("Argo") and Robert Lorenz ("Million Dollar Baby") are producing the film.

Eastwood's directorial credits include "Million Dollar Baby," "Flags of Our Fathers," "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and "The Bridges of Madison County." Tony Award-winning playwright John Logan (Red, I'll Eat You Last) has penned the screenplay based on the original Broadway script written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, who earned Tony Award nominations for their work.

The film will include the hit songs from the Broadway production by Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe.

The musical opened at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway to critical acclaim on Nov. 6, 2005. 

Jersey Boys is the winner of the 2006 Best Musical Tony Award, the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical and the 2010 Helpmann Award for Best Musical (Australia).

Jersey Boys is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. According to press notes, "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."

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