Jersey Boys Headed to London's West End for 2008 Start at Prince Edward

News   Jersey Boys Headed to London's West End for 2008 Start at Prince Edward The Four Seasons will take to the London stage in 2008 when the Best Musical Tony Award winner Jersey Boys — as in New Jersey, not Jersey, England — plays the Prince Edward Theatre.
Jersey Boys will play the West End.
Jersey Boys will play the West End. Photo by Joan Marcus

The West End staging will begin previews Feb. 28, 2008 and open March 18, according to an announcement. Casting and further details are forthcoming.

The home to the recent UK runs of Mamma Mia! and Mary Poppins will host the new musical which re-creates the story of American pop group The Four Seasons. Jersey Boys — narrated by its title characters — puts the highs, the lows and all in between on stage in the musical with the help of hits like "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man," "December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)" and more.

Des McAnuff directed and Sergio Trujillo choreographed the show that began previews on Broadway Oct. 4, 2005, and officially opened at the August Wilson Theatre Nov. 6. The original Broadway cast recording is available on Rhino Records.

The first national tour launched from San Francisco's Curran Theatre and another touring company also currently performs. The show is also expected to reach Las Vegas early next year at the new Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino. (All information on the show can be found at jerseyboysinfo.com.)

Jersey Boys features music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and a book by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice. The production garnered four Tony Award wins: for stars John Lloyd Young and Christian Hoff, lighting designer Howell Binkley and for the top prize, Best Musical. Young, Hoff and original co-stars Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer continue in their roles on Broadway as Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio and Nick Massi, respectively.

Dodger Theatricals, Joseph J. Grano, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group, in association with Latitude Link and Rick Steiner/Oshen/Staton/Bell/Mayerson Group produce. The musical made its debut at the La Jolla Playhouse in October 2004.

The design team includes Klara Zieglerova (scenic), Jess Goldstein (costume), Howell Binkley (lighting), Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound), Michael Clark (projections) and Charles LaPointe (wig and hair). Steve Orich provides orchestrations, and Ron Melrose handles music direction, vocal arrangements and incidental music.