Bogart to Succeed Spencer in Broadway's Jersey Boys

News   Bogart to Succeed Spencer in Broadway's Jersey Boys
Matt Bogart, the Broadway actor recently seen as Lancelot in the national tour of Camelot, will join the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys Sept. 30 at the August Wilson Theatre.
Matt Bogart
Matt Bogart

Bogart succeeds J. Robert Spencer in the role of Nick Massi. Spencer, who created that role at the La Jolla Playhouse and subsequently on Broadway, will offer his final performance Sept. 14. In the interim the role will be played by John Leone.

Bogart will join a cast that currently includes Sebastian Arcelus as Bob Gaudio, Christian Hoff as Tommy DeVito, Michael Longoria as Frankie Valli and Peter Gregus as Bob Crewe.

Matt Bogart was seen as Paul in the Kennedy Center mounting of Stephen Sondheim's Company, and his Broadway credits include Aida, The Civil War, Miss Saigon and Smokey Joe's Cafe. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music, Bogart has appeared in regional productions of Camelot, Carousel and Side Show. He was also part of the premiere cast of Frank Wildhorn's Camille Claudel at Goodspeed, and his recent theatrical credits include Himself and Nora (Old Globe), Phantom (Music Theatre of Wichita), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Kennedy Theatre) and Romance/Romance (Paper Mill Playhouse).

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.

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