Longoria Takes Lead in Broadway's Jersey Boys Nov. 29

News   Longoria Takes Lead in Broadway's Jersey Boys Nov. 29 Original cast member Michael Longoria begins his turn as Frankie Valli in Broadway's Jersey Boys Nov. 29 at the August Wilson Theatre.

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Longoria — who created the role of Joey in the musical — succeeds Tony Award winner John Lloyd Young, whose final performance was Nov. 9. Young's stint, which had been scheduled to run through Nov. 21, was cut short due to the recent strike.

Cory Grant has also joined the Broadway cast, performing in the lead role of Valli at Wednesday and Saturday matinees.

Longoria has also played on Broadway in Hairspray and in regional productions of Peter Pan and Wendy, Avenue X, West Side Story and A Chorus Line. As a singer-songwriter, he has performed at Joe's Pub, the Knitting Factory, the Cutting Room and CB's Gallery.

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Des McAnuff (The Who's Tommy, Big River) directs the story of American pop group The Four Seasons — the highs, the lows and all in between — which comes to life in the musical Jersey Boys with the help of their hits "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like A Man," "December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)" and more.

The show began on Broadway Oct. 4, 2005, and opened at the August Wilson Theatre Nov. 6.

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.

Longoria joins the original stars Hoff (The Who's Tommy), Daniel Reichard (Radiant Baby, The Thing About Men) and J. Robert Spencer (Side Show, Lucky Duck) — who reprise their roles from the La Jolla Playhouse world premiere.

Tickets to Jersey Boys at the August Wilson Theatre, 245 W. 52nd Street, are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250. For more information on all incarnations of the musical, visit www.JerseyBoysInfo.com.

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