By Andrew Gans
12 Oct 2010
The August Wilson Theatre, now owned by Jujamcyn Theaters, opened over 85 years ago on April 13, 1925, as the Guild Theatre. (Jersey Boys surpasses Smokey Joe's Cafe, which played 2,036 performances at what was then the Virginia Theatre.)
Jersey Boys premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse in October 2004 before arriving in November 2005 at the Wilson. The Broadway production garnered four Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
The current cast features Ryan Jesse (Bob Gaudio), Matt Bogart (Nick Massi), Dominic Nolfi (Tommy DeVito) and Jarrod Spector (Frankie Valli) as The Four Seasons; with Peter Gregus and Mark Lotito. The ensemble comprises Miles Aubrey, Erik Bates, Bridget Berger, Scott J. Campbell, Kris Coleman, Ken Dow, Russell Fischer, John Hickman, Katie O'Toole, Joe Payne, Jessica Rush, Dominic Scaglione Jr., Sara Schmidt, Taylor Sternberg.
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 is also currently playing in Las Vegas, London, Australia and in cities across the U.S. on a national tour.
The award-winning production features music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice.
For more information visit www.JerseyBoysInfo.com.