Jersey Boys Will Sing National Anthem at Westminster Dog Show
10 Feb 2014
Joseph Leo Bwarie
Cast members from the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical Jersey Boys will perform the National Anthem at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which is being held Feb. 10 at Madison Square Garden.
The Anthem and show will be televised from 8 PM-11 PM ET on CNBC-TV.
Jersey Boys opened on Broadway to critical acclaim Nov. 6, 2005, at the August Wilson Theatre. The show has been seen by over 18 million people worldwide (as of July 2013) and is currently playing in New York, Las Vegas and London as well as in cities across the U.S. on a national tour; it will open soon in The Netherlands.
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.
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.