Richard H. Blake Joins Cast of Broadway's Jersey Boys Jan. 9

News   Richard H. Blake Joins Cast of Broadway's Jersey Boys Jan. 9
Richard H. Blake (Legally Blonde, Wicked) joins the cast of the Tony-winning Best Musical Jersey Boys beginning Jan. 9 in the role of Tommy DeVito.

Richard H. Blake
Richard H. Blake

Blake succeeds Andy Karl, who departed the production following the Dec. 1 performance to star in the new musical Rocky. John Gardiner, who played DeVito on the national tour, performed the role Dec. 3, 2013-Jan. 8, 2014.

The current Broadway company stars Matt Bogart (Nick Massi), Drew Gehling (Bob Gaudio) and Dominic Scaglione, Jr. (Frankie Valli) with Peter Gregus and Mark Lotito as well as Miles Aubrey, Erik Bates, Candi Boyd, Cara Cooper, Jared Bradshaw, Joseph Leo Bwarie, Ken Dow, Russell Fischer, John Edwards, Katie O’Toole, Joe Payne, Mauricio Pérez, Kyli Rae, Nathan Scherich and Sara Schmidt.

Jersey Boys opened on Broadway to critical acclaim Nov. 6, 2005, at the August Wilson Theatre. The show has been seen by over 18 million people worldwide (as of July 2013) and is currently playing in New York, Las Vegas and London as well as in cities across the U.S. on a national tour; it will open soon in The Netherlands.

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.

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