Ryan Jesse Joins Cast of Broadway's Jersey Boys Oct. 12
By Andrew Gans
Ryan Jesse steps into the role of Bob Gaudio in the Broadway company of the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys Oct. 12.
Jesse succeeds Sebastian Arcelus, who played his final performance Oct. 10. Arcelus departed the production to head the cast of Elf — The Musical.
Jesse joins a cast that includes Matt Bogart (Nick Massi), Dominic Nolfi (Tommy DeVito) and Jarrod Spector (Frankie Valli) as The Four Seasons; with Peter Gregus and Mark Lotito. The ensemble comprises Miles Aubrey, Erik Bates, Bridget Berger, Scott J. Campbell, Kris Coleman, Ken Dow, Russell Fischer, John Hickman, Katie O'Toole, Joe Payne, Jessica Rush, Dominic Scaglione Jr., Sara Schmidt, Taylor Sternberg.
Jesse is making his Broadway debut. He has appeared in the national tour of Jersey Boys and in the international tour of Cinderella starring Lea Salonga.
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 original stars John Lloyd Young and Christian Hoff; lighting designer Howell Binkley; and for Best Musical.
Jersey Boys is also currently playing in Las Vegas, London, Australia and in cities across the U.S. on a national tour.
The award-winning production features music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice.
For more information visit www.JerseyBoysInfo.com.
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