Performances will begin May 25 for the L.A. stint, which was originally scheduled to play through Aug. 5. The run now extends through Aug. 31. Tickets for the added weeks go on sale May 13 at 10 AM by calling (213) 972-4400 or online at CenterTheatreGroup.org.
Just announced was word of a second company stepping into the run of the 2006 Tony Award-winning Best Musical at San Francisco's Curran Theatre — where the show has extended through Sept. 30. (The Chicago run was also recently extended through January 2008 — an announcement made before the show has even begun performances; it starts Oct. 6.)
In Los Angeles, the original touring company will star: Deven May (Bat Boy) as Tommy DeVito, Erich Bergen (White Christmas) as Bob Gaudio, Michael Ingersoll (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change) as Nick Massi and Christopher Kale Jones (Zhivago) as Frankie Valli.
They will be joined by John Altieri (as Bob Crewe) and Joseph Siravo (Gyp DeCarlo) along with Miles Aubrey, Erik Bates, Sandra DeNise, Jennifer Evans, Rick Faugno, Eric Gutman, Nathan Klau, Brandon Matthieus, Jackie Seiden, Taylor Sternberg and Melissa Strom. (Courter Simmons now fills an ensemble role as Douglas Crawford departs and former castmate Jarrod Spector heads the new touring company as Valli.) The first national tour launched from San Francisco's Curran Theatre (Dec. 1, 2006) and has scheduled stops at Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre (May 2007) and Chicago's LaSalle Bank Theatre (Oct. 2007). Future stops include Tempe, San Diego, Costa Mesa, Seattle, Houston, Tampa, Minneapolis and Cleveland. (Check jerseyboystour.com for more information.)
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.
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 design). Steve Orich handles orchestrations while Ron Melrose takes on music direction, vocal arrangements and incidental music.
The Jersey Boys tour is produced by Dodger Theatricals, Joseph J. Grano, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group, in association with Latitude Link and Rick Steiner.
For more information visit jerseyboysinfo.com.