Empire State Building Will Light Up Jersey Boys' Broadway Anniversary
29 Oct 2010
The fifth anniversary of the Broadway musical Jersey Boys will be celebrated across New York City in a variety of ways in early November.
The festivities will begin Nov. 5 when current Jersey Boys cast members Matt Bogart, Ryan Jesse, Dominic Nolfi and Jarrod Spector will be on hand as the Empire State Building is lit white, red, and yellow, the signature colors of the musical's logo.
On Nov. 7 original Four Seasons Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio will join Jersey Boys co-authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice and the current cast for the renaming of 52nd Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue as "Jersey Boys Walk."
Later in the day, New York City Commissioner Katherine Oliver will present a Mayoral Proclamation to Jersey Boys, in recognition of its long run and economic impact on New York City during the curtain call of the evening performance.
Finally, on Nov. 8, Sardi's will present Valli, Gaudio, Brickman and Elice with caricatures during a private reception at the famed theatre district eatery.
Jersey Boys premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse in October 2004 before arriving in November 2005 at Broadway's August Wilson Theatre. The Broadway production garnered four Tony Awards: for original stars John Lloyd Young and Christian Hoff; lighting designer Howell Binkley; and for Best Musical.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.