By Adam Hetrick
and Michael Gioia
20 Jun 2014
|Photo by Warner Bros.|
Graham King ("Argo") and Robert Lorenz ("Million Dollar Baby") produce the film that has a screenplay by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, who earned Tony Award nominations for their work on the book for the Broadway production. Sergio Trujillo, who choreographed the original production, repeats his work for the film.
The cast features members of the Broadway cast, including Tony Award winner John Lloyd Young as Franki Valli, in addition to Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda and Vincent Piazza as Four Seasons Bob Gaudio, Nick Massi and Tommy DeVito, respectively.
The move to cast members of the original Broadway company in a high-profile feature film is a rarity in the Broadway-to-Hollywood machine. "I felt, after so many performances in the role, that I would have something to contribute, so I hoped I would get a shot at the role," said Young, who first played Valli a decade ago. "And I'm so happy I got to. The icing on the cake is the director that chose me."
The film includes the hit songs from the Broadway production by Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe.
Casting also includes Mike Doyle ("Shameless," "Gayby," "A Gifted Man") as music producer Bob Crewe, Johnny Cannizzaro ("The Muppets, Lost Angels") as Nick DeVito, Donnie Kehr as Norm Waxman, Jeremy Luke ("Don John," "Lost Angels") as loan shark Donnie, Joey Russo ("Turbo and Joey," "It's You Not Me") as Joe Pesci and Christopher Walken as Angelo "Gyp" DeCarlo.
Erica Piccininni, also a member of the original Broadway cast, repeats her performance as Lorraine. Kathrine Narducci plays Mary Rinaldi, Valli's mother. Renée Marino plays Mary Delgado.
Eastwood's directorial credits include "Million Dollar Baby," "Flags of Our Fathers," "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and "The Bridges of Madison County."
Jersey Boys is the winner of the 2006 Best Musical Tony Award, the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical and the 2010 Helpmann Award for Best Musical (Australia).
Jersey Boys is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. According to press notes, "This is the story 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 thirty."
Watch the trailer below: