Jersey Boys, with Bailey, Bwarie, Franklin and Gouveia, Begins Boston Engagement

News   Jersey Boys, with Bailey, Bwarie, Franklin and Gouveia, Begins Boston Engagement The Boston engagement of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys begins performances July 23 at the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre prior to an official opening July 29. The production is currently scheduled to play the Massachusetts venue through Sept. 26.

Jersey Boys' Josh Franklin, Joseph Leo Bwarie, Matt Bailey and Steve Gouveia
Jersey Boys' Josh Franklin, Joseph Leo Bwarie, Matt Bailey and Steve Gouveia Photo by Joan Marcus

Heading the cast are Matt Bailey (Tommy DeVito), Joseph Leo Bwarie (Frankie Valli), Josh Franklin (Bob Gaudio) and Steve Gouveia (Nick Massi) as The Four Seasons, with Jonathan Hadley and Joseph Siravo.

The ensemble comprises Christopher DeAngelis, Graham Fenton, John Gardiner, Buck Hujabre, Leo Huppert, Michelle Knight, Renée Marino, Brandon Matthieus, Denise Payne, Nathan Scherich, Brian Silverman, Courter Simmons, Ryan Strand, Katie Tomlinson, Kara Tremel 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.

Jersey Boys is produced by Dodger Theatricals, Joseph J. Grano, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group, with Latitude Link and Rick Steiner.

Tickets for the Boston engagement are available by calling (866) 348-9738 or by visiting www.citicenter.org.

The performance schedule is Tuesdays-Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 7 PM, with matinees Saturdays and Sundays at 2 PM.

For more information visit www.JerseyBoysInfo.com or www.citicenter.org.

Steve Gouveia, Joseph Leo Bwarie, Josh Franklin and Matt Bailey in <i>Jersey Boys</i>
Steve Gouveia, Joseph Leo Bwarie, Josh Franklin and Matt Bailey in Jersey Boys Photo by Joan Marcus