Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Tony, Grammy, and Oliver Award Winning "Jersey Boys" Announces Final Cast

AUGUST 25, 2010

Press Contact:

Carole Morganti/CJM Public Relations – CJMPR01@aol.com


CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR

Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award WINNING BEST MUSICAL

JERSEY BOYS

DIRECTED BY DES McANUFF

PLAYING PHILADELPHIA’S FORREST THEATRE

SEPT. 30 – DEC. 12

PHILADELPHIA, PA (August 24, 2010) – Casting has been announced for the Philadelphia engagement of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award winning hit musical JERSEY BOYS, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, playing the Forrest Theatre Sept. 30 – Dec. 12.  The cast of JERSEY BOYS will be led by Matt Bailey (Tommy DeVito), Joseph Leo Bwarie (Frankie Valli), Steve Gouveia (Nick Massi), and Quinn VanAntwerp (Bob Gaudio) as The Four Seasons, with Jonathan Hadley and Joseph Siravo. The official press opening is Sat. Oct. 2 at 8:00 pm.

Tickets for JERSEY BOYS begin at $52.50 and are available by calling 800-447-7400 or online at www.telecharge.com. Tickets are also available at the Forrest Theatre box office (1114 Walnut St) beginning August 23. Premium Seats are also available for all performances. Groups of 20 or more call 866-276-2947 or 215-790-5883. For more information, please visit, www.forrest-theatre.com,  www.kimmelcenter.org or www.JerseyBoysInfo.com.

The performance schedule is: Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm; Friday & Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm; Sunday evenings at 6:30 pm;  matinees Saturdays at 2:00 pm & Sundays at 1:00 pm, and weekday matinees on Oct. 6 , Nov. 26 and Dec. 8 at 2:00 pm.  An additional evening performance is scheduled for Nov. 22 at 7:30 pm. There will be no performances on Thurs. Nov. 25,  Thanksgiving Day.  Also, no performances are scheduled for Sunday evenings Nov. 28 & Dec. 12.

The ensemble of JERSEY BOYS includes Candi Boyd, Jared Bradshaw, Christopher DeAngelis, John Michael Dias, John Edwards, Philadelphia native Alayna Gallo, John Gardiner, Buck Hujabre, Denise Payne, Brian Silverman, Courter Simmons, Ryan Strand, Lauren Tartaglia, Kara Tremel, Mark Verdino and Kevin Worley.

JERSEY BOYS is the winner of the 2006 Best Musical Tony Award®, the 2006 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Show Album, and most recently, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

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Directed by two-time Tony® Award-winner Des McAnuff, 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.

JERSEY BOYS is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi.  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. 

JERSEY BOYS opened at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway to critical acclaim on November 6, 2005. The JERSEY BOYS National Tour opened to rave reviews in San Francisco on December 1, 2006, played a record-breaking run in Los Angeles and is still breaking house records in cities across North America. There are six current productions of JERSEY BOYS:  New York, LondonLas Vegas, Toronto, Sydney, Australia, and a US National tour. 

The JERSEY BOYS design and production team comprises Klara Zieglerova (Scenic Design), Jess Goldstein (Costume Design), Howell Binkley (winner of the 2006 Tony® Award for his Lighting Design of JERSEY BOYS), 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 & Incidental Music).

JERSEY BOYS is produced by Dodger Theatricals, Joseph J. Grano, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group, with Latitude Link and Rick Steiner.

The Original Broadway Cast Recording of JERSEY BOYS, produced by Bob Gaudio, was recently certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The cast recording is now available on Rhino Records.  JERSEY BOYS: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons (Broadway Books) is the official handbook to the smash Broadway hit.

JERSEY BOYS is part of the 2010 – 2011 Broadway Season presented by The Kimmel Center and The Shubert Organization, with productions at the Academy of Music, Forrest Theatre and Merriam Theater.  For additional information on the Broadway Season and subscription packages visit 

www.kimmelcenter.org/broadway1011.

 

CAST BIOGRAPHIES

The Four Seasons

MATT BAILEY (Tommy DeVito) Originally from Northern California, he has appeared in over 30 shows in 17 states. New York credits include The Most Happy Fella, Cinderella (Lincoln Center), Ghostbrothers of Darkland County (with John Mellencamp & Stephen King), Mental (Cherry Lane), Night of the Hunter. Regional favorites: Edward II, The Full Monty, Bat Boy, Musical of Musicals (Kevin Kline nom.), Hamlet, Jacques Brel…, the Muny, Williamstown Theatre Festival. For more visit www.mattbailey.info.

JOSEPH LEO BWARIE (Frankie Valli) opened Jersey Boys Las Vegas before hitting the open road. Favorites from his early years: Highway to Heaven, Mama’s Family, The Addams Family, Radio Flyer, Batman Returns, seaQuest DSV. He’s performed on the Academy Awards, the Tony Awards and originated ‘Chachi’ in Happy Days: A New Musical. A member of LA’s award-winning Troubadour Theater Co, he also co-wrote/directed a series of original musicals produced by Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theatre. Recent Film/TV: The Princess Diaries 2, Race to Witch Mountain as ‘Frankie Valet,’ and Valentine’s Day. Emerson College graduate.

STEVE GOUVEIA (Nick Massi) is from the original Broadway cast of Jersey Boys. He can also be heard on the original cast recording (2006 Grammy Award). Regional: The Collected Works of Billy the Kid (La Jolla Playhouse, dir. Des McAnuff), Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Hair.  As a musician/singer/songwriter, Steve has worked with members of The Doors, Manfred Mann, Porcupine Tree, Icehouse, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and many others. His new solo album Shine is available at www.cdbaby.com and on iTunes.  For more info, check out www.stevegouveia.com.

QUINN VANANTWERP (Bob Gaudio) just completed a two year run in the Toronto Company of Jersey Boys. Quinn is a California native and graduate of the University of California, Irvine. Off Broadway: That Other Woman’s Child (37 Arts), Take Me America (York Theatre).  Regional: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Musical Theatre West), The Haunting of Winchester (San Jose Rep), Atlanta (Geffen Playhouse) and South Pacific at the Hollywood Bowl with Brian Stokes Mitchell and Reba McIntire. Film: Four Christmases. Nominated for 2009 Dora Mayor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Principal Role for his performance in Jersey Boys. 


Broadway Season Press Contact:

Carole J. Morganti/CJM Public Relations

CJMpr01@aol.com  609-953-0570

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