London Jersey Boys Star Ryan Molloy Will Be Broadway's New Frankie Valli

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13 May 2014

Ryan Molloy
Ryan Molloy
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Olivier Award nominee Ryan Molloy, who originated the role of Frankie Valli in the London production of Jersey Boys, will join the Broadway cast of the long-running Four Seasons musical this summer.

Molloy will make his Broadway debut when he begins performances as Valli July 29 at the August Wilson Theatre. He will play a limited engagement in the New York cast through Oct. 19.

The U.K. actor earned an Olivier Award nomination for his performance in the original West End production of Jersey Boys. He currently appears in Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be at Theatre Royal Stratford East. His theatre credits also include Taboo, Jerry Springer: The Opera, Tonight's The Night, On the Town, The Blues Brothers, The Pickled Cerebrum, Macbeth and Betrayal, among others. His album "Turn on the Night" is available on iTunes.

The current Broadway cast of Jersey Boys features Richard H. Blake (Tommy DeVito), Matt Bogart (Nick Massi), Joseph Leo Bwarie (Frankie Valli) and Drew Gehling (Bob Gaudio) with Peter Gregus and Mark Lotito as well as Miles Aubrey, Erik Bates, Candi Boyd, Jared Bradshaw, Cara Cooper, Ken Dow, John Edwards, Russell Fischer, Katie O’Toole, Joe Payne, Mauricio Pérez, Nathan Scherich, Sara Schmidt and Katie Webber.

Jersey Boys opened on Broadway to critical acclaim Nov. 6, 2005, at the August Wilson Theatre.

Jersey Boys is written by Marshall Brickman and 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 and Drama League Awards for Best Musical.

For more information visit JerseyBoysBroadway.com.