By Andrew Gans
09 Sep 2011
Beginning Oct. 7 the singing actor will step into the lead role of Frankie Valli.
Fenton's other theatre credits include the world premiere of Randy Newman's Harps & Angels; Rooms: A Rock Romance; Romeo and Juliet with the Pittsburgh Symphony; A Tribute to Barbara Streisand with Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Pops; Candide (title role); The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Jim); and Jesus Christ Superstar.
As previously reported, the Tony-winning musical will conclude its run at the Palazzo Las Vegas at the end of the year and reopen at Paris Las Vegas in early 2012.
Jersey Boys is written by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, direction by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.
The musical, according to press notes, "is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi, about a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks who 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 thirty." The show features “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What A Night,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back To You.”
Jersey Boys is the recipient of the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical and the 2009 Olivier Award for Best Musical. The Original Broadway Cast Recording, produced by Bob Gaudio, received the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album and has been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The Broadway production also won the 2006 Outer Critics Circle & Drama League Awards for Best Musical.