Drood's Andy Karl Return to Broadway's Jersey Boys Feb. 12
By Andrew Gans
Andy Karl, recently seen in the Broadway revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, returns to the cast of the Tony-winning Jersey Boys Feb. 12 at the August Wilson Theatre.
Karl again steps into the the role of Tommy DeVito; he succeeds Jeremy Kushnier, who offered his final performance Feb. 10.
Karl originated the roles of Luke in Altar Boyz; Joe in 9 to 5 The Musical; and the UPS Guy in Legally Blonde The Musical on Broadway and MTV.
He is joined on Broadway by Matt Bogart (Nick Massi), Drew Gehling (Bob Gaudio) and John Lloyd Young (Frankie Valli) as The Four Seasons; with Peter Gregus and Mark Lotito. The cast also includes Miles Aubrey, Erik Bates, Candi Boyd, Jared Bradshaw, Cara Cooper, Ken Dow, Russell Fischer, Rashad Naylor, Katie O’Toole, Joe Payne, Jessica Rush, Dominic Scaglione Jr., Nathan Scherich, Sara Schmidt and Taylor Sternberg.
(Dominic Scaglione, Jr. is playing six shows a week, and John Michael Diaz is performing Wednesday and Saturday matinees as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys while John Lloyd Young is making his debut engagement at the Café Carlyle through Feb. 23.)
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 & Drama League Awards for Best Musical.
The Broadway production opened Nov. 6, 2005, at the August Wilson Theatre.
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