Spector and Nolfi Will Be Valli and DeVito in Broadway's Jersey Boys
By Andrew Gans
The Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys, which continues to play to sell-out crowds at the August Wilson Theatre, will welcome a new Frankie Valli and a new Tommy DeVito beginning Sept. 30.
Jarrod Spector will assume the role of Four Seasons lead singer Valli, and Dominic Nolfi will step into the role of Tommy DeVito. The actors succeed, respectively, Michael Longoria and Tony winner Christian Hoff, who will both play their final performances Sept. 28. Hoff originated his role in both the musical's La Jolla Playhouse premiere and the subsequent Broadway run; he is scheduled to play the title role in the forthcoming Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Pal Joey.
Spector and Nolfi will join a cast that features Sebastian Arcelus (Bob Gaudio) and Matt Bogart (Nick Massi) with Peter Gregus and Mark Lotito. The ensemble comprises Miles Aubrey, Bridget Berger, Kris Coleman, Douglas Crawford, Ken Dow, Heather Ferguson, Russell Fischer, Eric Gutman, Katie O'Toole, Joe Payne, Dominic Scaglione Jr., Sara Schmidt, Eric Schneider and Jake Speck.
Jarrod Spector has been seen on Broadway in Les Misérables and in the national tours of Jersey Boys and Les Miz. His other theatrical credits include Hamlet, Our Country's Good, The Viy and Twist.
Jersey Boys, according to press notes, is "the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. It's a journey 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 30."
The creative team includes Tony-winning director Des McAnuff and choreographer Sergio Trujillo as well as Klara Zieglerova (scenic design), Jess Goldstein (costume design), Howell Binkley (lighting design), Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Clark (projections design), Charles LaPointe (wig and hair design), Steve Orich (orchestrations) and Ron Melrose (music direction, vocal arrangements and incidental music).
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 stars John Lloyd Young and Christian Hoff, lighting designer Howell Binkley and for Best Musical.
The award-winning production features music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and a book by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice.
There are currently five productions of Jersey Boys: New York, London, Chicago, Las Vegas and the North American tour. A sixth production will open in Melbourne, Australia, in March 2009.
For more information visit www.JerseyBoysInfo.com.
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