Jersey Boys Will Open in South Africa in 2013; Casting Announced
By Andrew Gans
The Tony-winning Best Musical Jersey Boys will celebrate its South African premiere April 3, 2013, at the Teatro at Montecasino.
The production will then open at Artscape, Cape Town, June 19, 2013.
Jersey Boys South African producer Hazel Feldman, of Showtime Management, has announced the cast, which will be led by Grant Almirall as Frankie Valli; Daniel Buys as Tommy DeVito; Kenneth Meyer as Bob Gaudio; and television star Emanuel Castis as Nick Massi with Jaco van Rensberg playing Frankie Valli at certain performances.
The company will also feature Carmen Pretorius as Lorraine, Taryn-Lee Hudson as Mary and Kirsten Murphy as Francine with Duane Alexander, Bjorn Blignault, Charlie Bouguenon, Matt Counihan, Christopher Dudgeon, Ryan Flynn, Stephen Jubber, Lara Adine Lipschitz, Kyle Matthews, Byron Olivato and Stephan van der Walt.
The South African creative team includes musical director Bryan Schimmel, resident director Anton Luitingh, resident choreographer and dance captain Duane Alexander, technical director Alistair Kilbee and company manager Yolanda Kimber. The visiting New York-based global creative team includes music supervisor Ron Melrose, production supervisor Richard Hester and associate choreographer Danny Austin. The two creative teams will work closely together.
The company will begin rehearsing in Johannesburg and then finalize on-stage preparations in Singapore, where the show first opens internationally at the Marina Bay Sands in November 2012 for a 14-week season before returning to South Africa and future Asian territories.
Jersey Boys is written by Academy Award winner Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and direction by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff and choreography by Sergio Trujillo with music direction, vocal arrangements and incidental music by Ron Melrose and orchestrations by Steve Orich. The production design team is Klara Zieglerova, scenic designer; Jess Goldstein, costume designer; Howell Binkley, lighting designer; and Michael Clark, project designer.
Jersey Boys is presented by Dodger Theatricals, Base Entertainment, Showtime Management, Joseph J. Grano, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group in association with Latitude Link, Rick Steiner.
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