The story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons premiered in Chicago Oct. 5, 2007, initially as a limited engagement. After rave reviews and box-office records, the musical became a resident production Feb. 27, 2008. When it closes, Jersey Boys will have played a total of 951 performances.
The final block of tickets for Nov. 29, 2009-Jan 10, 2010, performances will go on sale Sept. 11 at 10 AM.
In a statement producer Michael David said, "We came to Chicago for a visit, and the Windy City became our home away from home for what will be over two years. Such conversions happen rarely in the theater and we are proud to have made Chicago home for as long as we have. It is breathtaking. Our profound thanks to the citizens of Chicago who have made us such welcome neighbors."
Lou Raizin, president of Broadway In Chicago, added, "Broadway In Chicago and the City of Chicago have been so privileged to have this sensational hit for over two years. This blockbuster musical has brought over one million people from across the country and around the world to Chicago’s Downtown Theatre District. We are so honored that Jersey Boys chose Chicago as their first resident production outside of New York."
The Chicago cast stars Michael Cunio as Tommy DeVito, Chicagoan Michael Ingersoll as Nick Massi, Dominic Scaglione Jr. as Frankie Valli and Shonn Wiley as Bob Gaudio, with Kevin Crewell and Chicagoan Jonathan Weir. The ensemble includes Mackenzie Bell, Jared Bradshaw, John Michael Coppola, John Michael Dias, Mike Erickson, Alayna Gallo, Steven M. Goldsmith, Merissa Haddad, Tara Macri, Kraig McCreary, Rashad Naylor, Timothy Quinlan, Ryan Quinn West and Chuck Webb. 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.
Jersey Boys is produced by Dodger Theatricals, Joseph J. Grano, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group with Latitude Link and Rick Steiner.
Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St. and 18 W. Monroe St.); the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000; all Ticketmaster retail locations (including Hot Tix and select Carson Pirie Scott, Coconuts and fye stores); and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com.
For more information go to www.JerseyBoysChicago.com.