Jesus Christ Superstar's Jeremy Kushnier Will Succeed Andy Karl in Broadway's Jersey Boys
By Michael Gioia
Jeremy Kushnier, most recently seen as James the Lesser in the Tony-nominated revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, will succeed Andy Karl in the role of Tommy DeVito in Broadway's Jersey Boys, producers of the Tony-winning musical announced July 17.
Kushnier, who has been seen as Tommy DeVito in the Chicago, Las Vegas and Toronto companies, will begin performances Oct. 9 at the August Wilson Theatre. Karl will play his final performance Oct. 7.
Kushnier, who also understudied the principal roles of Judas Iscariot and Jesus Christ in the Superstar revival, has also appeared on Broadway as Ren McCormick in Footloose and Roger in Rent. On tour, he played Dr. Madden in Next to Normal and Radames in Aida. Visit his page at the Playbill Vault.
The current Broadway cast of Jersey Boys is led by Matt Bogart (Nick Massi), Quinn VanAntwerp (Bob Gaudio), Karl (Tommy DeVito) and John Lloyd Young (Frankie Valli) as The Four Seasons; with Peter Gregus and Mark Lotito. The cast also includes Miles Aubrey, Erik Bates, Jared Bradshaw, Cara Cooper, Ken Dow, John Edwards, Russell Fischer, Katie O'Toole, Joe Payne, Jessica Rush, Dominic Scaglione Jr., Nathan Scherich, Sara Schmidt and Taylor Sternberg.
Jersey Boys is written by Academy Award winner Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo. The original Broadway production opened at the August Wilson Theatre to critical acclaim on Nov. 6, 2005.
The musical is the winner of the 2006 Best Musical Tony Award, the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical and the 2010 Helpmann Award for Best Musical (Australia).
Jersey Boys is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. According to producers, "This is the story 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 thirty."
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