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NEWS FROM JERSEY BOYS AUSTRALIA

JERSEY BOYS
TO OPEN IN AUSTRALIA IN MARCH 2009


JERSEY BOYS, the Tony Award winning Best Musical, will open in Melbourne, Australia at the Princess Theatre in March 2009.
JERSEY BOYS is the story of how four boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi – the Four Seasons – wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were thirty. JERSEY BOYS features their hit songs “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Rag Doll”, “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You”, among others.
Paul Dainty, Dainty Consolidated Entertainment said “Australians will fall in love with JERSEY BOYS, which I am convinced will be the biggest hit we’ve seen since Mamma Mia! JERSEY BOYS has been such a smash hit on Broadway because it brilliantly combines a cavalcade of classic pop hits with the universal story of four neighborhood pals and their journey through life.”
JERSEY BOYS is the winner of four 2006 Tony Awards® including Best Musical. Other Tony Awards® include Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical, Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical and Best Lighting Design of a Musical. Drama Desk Awards for 2006 include Outstanding Actor in a Musical and Outstanding Sound Design. Outer Critics Circle Awards for 2006 include Outstanding Broadway Musical, Outstanding Actor in a Musical and Outstanding Lighting Design. JERSEY BOYS also received the 2006 Drama League Award for Distinguished Production of a Musical.
The Original Cast Recording of JERSEY BOYS won the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album and in its award winning week topped the Billboard Album charts.
JERSEY BOYS – The story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, written by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, choreography by Sergio Trujillo and directed by two-time Tony® Award winner Des McAnuff, first debuted at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2004 and was the most successful production in the history of the company, extending three times.
“Every time I have seen JERSEY BOYS over the last three years on Broadway, Chicago or San Francisco the audience stand and cheer, not just at the end of the show, but during the first act. This is a dazzling, behind-the-scenes look at a true story, breathtakingly told, with one musical hit after another,” said Rodney Rigby, Newtheatricals.
JERSEY BOYS officially opened on Broadway to critical acclaim at the August Wilson Theatre on 6 November 2005. Since opening, JERSEY BOYS has played to over 2.4million people, dominating at the box office, regularly grossing $1.2m per week in New York and breaking box office records throughout the USA.
JERSEY BOYS will open in London’s West End in March 2008; Las Vegas in May 2008; Toronto in August 2008; with the Melbourne premiere to follow in March 2009.
“After considerable time and effort by so many, it is an immense pleasure to finally have created the ideal home for JERSEY BOYS in Melbourne. We have the highest hopes that Melbourne will embrace this musical wholeheartedly, and that Australians from all over the country will be heading to Melbourne to experience the sheer joy this show currently brings on Broadway every night.” said Michael David, Dodger Theatricals USA.
The JERSEY BOYS design and production team includes Klara Zieglerova (Scenic Design), Jess Goldstein (Costume Design), Tony Award® winner Howell Binkley (Lighting Design), Steve Canyon Kennedy (Sound Design), Michael Clark (Projections Design), Charles LaPointe (Wig and Hair Design), Steve Orich (Orchestrations), Ron Melrose (Music Direction, Vocal Arrangements & Incidental Music).
JERSEY BOYS is produced in Australia by Dainty Consolidated Entertainment, Newtheatricals and Dodger Theatricals, Joseph J. Grano, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group in association with Latitude Link, Rick Steiner and Michael Watt. The producers thank the Victorian Major Events Company for its support.

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