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JERSEY BOYS Opens to Critical Acclaim in Melbourne, Australia

 

JERSEY BOYS, the Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning international hit musical, opened ‘down under’ to critical acclaim at The Princess Theatre in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday, July 4th.

On the afternoon after the opening, Tom Cruise attended the matinee performance with wife Katie Holmes and daughter Suri. This is the actor’s second time seeing the show and he went backstage after to meet the Aussie cast. He previously saw a performance during the Thanksgiving holiday in New York City last year with David and Victoria Beckham. Click here to see coverage of Cruise’s visit to Jersey Boys in Australia.

Below is a sample of the critical reception:

THE AGE

“Jersey Boys has a dramatic range almost as extensive as Valli’s three-octave voice. It’s full of laugh-out-loud wisecracks, multi-dimensional characters and a narrative arc that goes well beyond the basic “poor guys make good”. If My Eyes Adored You and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You can’t convince you of these boys’ place in pop history — ah, fuggedaboutit.” – John Bailey

THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

“If the opening night response is anything to go by, Jersey Boys – due in Sydney next year – will be around for quite a few seasons. The tunes Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man, Rag Doll and Bye, Bye, Baby are delivered with precision and toe-tapping verve.” – Bryce Hallett

THE AUSTRALIAN

“Des McAnuff’s direction features seamlessly slick transformations and has moments that are pure showbiz genius. But what really gives this show oomph are the performances. It’s Entertainment with a capital E, and it gives you plenty of bang for your buck.” – Alison Croggon

The Australian production of JERSEY BOYS stars Bobby Fox as Frankie Valli, Scott Johnson as Tommy DeVito, Glaston Toft as Nick Massi and Stephen Mahy as Bob Gaudio.

JERSEY BOYS is the winner of the 2006 Tony Award® for Best Musical. The Original Cast Recording of JERSEY BOYS won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album and in its award winning week topped the Billboard Album charts.

JERSEY BOYS is written by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, and is directed by two-time Tony® Award-winner Des McAnuff and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo.

JERSEY BOYS 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. 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 You, among many others.

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. In addition to Melbourne, the show can now be seen in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, London, Toronto and in cities across the U.S. on a National Tour.

JERSEY BOYS is produced in Australia by Dodger Theatricals, Newtheatricals, Dainty Consolidated Entertainment and Joseph J. Grano, Tamara & Kevin Kinsella, The Pelican Group in association with Latitude Link, Rick Steiner and Michael Watt.

The Original Broadway Cast Recording of JERSEY BOYS, produced by Bob Gaudio, received the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album and has been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). JERSEY BOYS: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons (Broadway Books) is the official handbook to the smash Broadway hit.

For more information, visit www.JerseyBoysInfo.com

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