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Jersey Boys wins Sydney Theatre Awards including Best Musical

MULTI-AWARD WINNING

JERSEY BOYS

WINS SYDNEY THEATRE AWARDS

BEST MUSICAL &

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL (BOBBY FOX)

 

JERSEY BOYS – The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons won the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Musical.  In addition Bobby Fox, who plays Frankie Valli, won Best Actor in a Musical.

 

The Sydney Theatre Awards are presented annually by a group of leading theatre critics to celebrate the strength, quality and diversity of theatre in Sydney.

 

“The Sydney Theatre Award for Best Musical to JERSEY BOYS acknowledges the wonderful collaboration between everyone associated with the production across the entire range of disciplines and the artistic excellence that makes JERSEY BOYS so special for audiences and for all of us associated with this wonderful production. The entire company of JERSEY BOYS is thrilled that Bobby Fox has been recognised by Sydney’s premier critics for his extraordinary performance of Frankie Valli” – Rodney Rigby, Newtheatricals, Producer of JERSEY BOYS – The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.

Chris Green of Dainty Consolidated Entertainment, Producer said “We are absolutely elated how Sydney audiences have embraced the Australian production of JERSEY BOYS and delighted to have been further acknowledged by receiving these Awards.”

 

Jersey Boys is already the recipient of two Helpmann Awards being Best Musical and Best Music Direction of a Musical, four Tony Awards® including Best Musical, winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Musical, and winner of seven Victorian Green Room Awards.

 

After 4½ sell-out months in Sydney, and 14 months in Melbourne seen by nearly 600,000 patrons and playing 453 sold out performances, JERSEY BOYS – The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons continues to play to huge acclaim and standing ovations.

The Four Seasons, Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were thirty. JERSEY BOYS features all their hits including Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Oh What A Night, Walk Like A Man, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Working My Way Back To You and many more.

www.jerseyboysaustralia.com.au

 

 

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Broadway’s Sensation Jersey Boys Superb in Sydney

BROADWAY’S SENSATION JERSEY BOYS SUPERB IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

JERSEY BOYS, the Tony, Olivier, Grammy Award-winning international smash hit musical that just won the Helpmann Award (Australia’s Tony Award) for Best Musical, opened to rave reviews in Sydney at the Theatre Royal on September 18.

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

The Sydney Morning Herald’s John Shand writes “JERSEY BOYS’ book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice fizzes with snappy dialogue and bullying one-liners. It creates credible characters for not only the four leads but also a supporting cast led by Daniel Scott’s Bob Crewe (the band’s shrewd, amusing lyricist/producer) and Lisa Adam as Valli’s wife, Mary, whose sharp tongue cannot prevent a slide into disillusionment.  The show is defined by its singing. Fox’s remarkably Valli-like falsetto creates truly thrilling moments in the harmonies (Rag Doll being a notable example), and the many Gaudio/Crewe-penned hits such as Big Girls Don’t Cry and Walk Like a Man explode from the stage with verve, polish and conviction.  The cast’s sterling efforts are amplified by the expert creative team that realised the original Broadway production, including the director Des McAnuff, choreographer Sergio Trujillo and set designer Klara Zieglerova. A band under Luke Hunter provides sure accompaniment.  The upward trajectory of the band’s success rides easily on the many memorable songs, which I’ll bet were being sung on the way home by many a smiling face.”   To read the entire review, click here:

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/musicals/memorable-mix-transcends-the-jukebox-20100919-15hsj.html

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JERSEY BOYS wins Australian Helpmann Award For Best Musical

JERSEY BOYS, the international smash hit musical about the story of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, won the Helpmann Award (Australia’s Tony Award) for Best Musical.

In addition the show won Best Music Direction – Ron Melrose & Luke Hunter.

To top off the evening the cast of the show performed live at the Awards Ceremony on September 6 and received a prolonged standing screaming ovation.  The Awards Ceremony was broadcast live on STVDIO, channel 132 on Foxtel.

Rodney Rigby, Producer, said “It was a wonderful honour for the entire Jersey Boys company to be recognised by our Industry peers.”

JERSEY BOYS is already the recipient of four Tony Awards including Best Musical, winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Musical, the Grammy Award, the Dora Maver Audience Choice Award (Toronto) and winner of seven Victorian Green Room Awards (Australia).

After 14 months in Melbourne and being seen by nearly 600,000 patrons and playing 453 sold out performances JERSEY BOYS is now previewing at Sydney’s Theatre Royal with the official opening night taking place on Saturday, September 18, 2010.

For further information about JERSEY BOYS in Australia, go to www.jerseyboysaustralia.com.au

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Jersey Boys to open in Sydney September 18

JERSEY BOYS
WILL COMPLETE ITS RECORD-BREAKING
MELBOURNE RUN ON JULY 25
AND WILL OPEN IN SYDNEY SEPTEMBER 18  

JERSEY BOYS, the Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning international hit musical, will complete its record-breaking run in Melbourne, Australia at the Princess Theatre on July 25, and will open in Sydney at the Theatre Royal on September 18, 2010 (previews begin September 3).
 
JERSEY BOYS, the most successful musical to play the Princess Theatre in Melbourne since The Phantom of the Opera, opened ‘down under’ to critical acclaim on Saturday, July 4.th As of July 25, the musical, which received 10 Victorian Green Room award nominations, will have played 453 performances.  To date, JERSEY BOYS has broken the box office record of the Princess Theatre three times, making it the highest weekly gross ever achieved.
 
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, 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 Platinum 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 http://www.JerseyBoysInfo.com 

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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

JERSEY BOYS ANNOUNCES CAST FOR AUSTRALIA, JULY 2009

CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR

JERSEY BOYS

IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA 

Opening July 4, 2009 at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre

Bobby Fox, Scott Johnson, Glaston Toft and Stephen Mahy will star in JERSEY BOYS – The story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Broadway’s multi-award winning musical opening in Melbourne’s Princess Theatre on July 4. Rehearsals begin in Melbourne in April. Bobby Fox will play Frankie Valli, Scott Johnson is Tommy DeVito, Glaston Toft is Nick Massi and Stephen Mahy is Bob Gaudio – The Four Seasons.

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 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.

‘Finding four performers to re-create the unique sound of the Four Seasons was never going to be easy,’ says Australian co-producer Rodney Rigby of Newtheatricals, ‘And it wasn’t. It was exhausting, it was exhilarating. But it wasn’t easy.

‘We held auditions across Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Auckland. We saw more than 400 wannabe Four Seasons – some of them, actors and pop stars, big names in their own right – and we saw hopefuls for the ensemble, men and women who need to sing and dance and play roles that might have been written for a Martin Scorsese movie.

‘We then embarked on a six month round of trips, workshops and more auditions, this time with an international panel of 12 including the Broadway and Australian producers and the original Broadway creative team including Director Des McAnuff, Musical Supervisor Ron Melrose and Choreographer Sergio Trujillo.

‘Finally, Bob Gaudio, the Four Seasons’ original member, the genius who sent the group into orbit with Sherry, a song he wrote “in about 15 minutes,” gave his blessing to our Four Seasons: Bobby, Glaston, Scott and Stephen. If they were good enough for Bob Gaudio they were good enough for us.

‘So that was the hard part over. All we had to do now was to put on the show: a musical book with a gritty, compelling story that has it all: drama, comedy and music. The music of four guys who over four decades have been part of the soundtrack of most of our lives.’

Bobby Fox, Scott Johnson, Glaston Toft and Stephen Mahy met Frankie Valli in Las Vegas on February 3, when, with Rodney Rigby, he launched the Australian production. They met the media on stage at the 1600 seat Jersey Boys Theatre at the Palazzo Hotel-Resort-Casino, one of the North American theatres where his extraordinary story is playing. The show has swept North America and London and has now been seen by over 5 million people.

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, Australian co-Producer Paul Dainty believes, will be the biggest pop hit in the theatre since Mamma Mia! Like Mamma Mia! JERSEY BOYS is a bursting with hits that have resonated with new generations of fans for four decades.

‘But JERSEY BOYS, unlike “tribute” musicals, has a gripping story,’ says Paul Dainty of Dainty Consolidated Entertainment. ‘It’s got edge. Attitude. Street cred. It’s about a darker side to the pop industry in the Fifties and Sixties. It touches a nerve but it sends you out wanting to sing with the sheer bliss of those hits. Unforgettable songs that are now part of our lives.’

JERSEY BOYS The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff and choreography by Sergio Trujillo, officially opened on Broadway to critical acclaim at the August Wilson Theater on November 6, 2005. 

JERSEY BOYS productions opened in San Francisco in December 2006, Chicago in October 2007, London’s West End in March 2008, Las Vegas in April 2008, and Toronto in August 2008. There is also an ongoing North American National Tour.

‘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,’ said Broadway Producer Michael David, Dodger Theatricals USA. ‘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.’

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.

BIOGRAPHIES

BOBBY FOX (Frankie Valli). Four-time world Irish Dance Champion, Bobby Fox travelled the world in Riverdance, Dancing on Dangerous Ground, and was the star of To Dance on the Moon. He moved to Sydney in 2002 and was Eddie in the Australasian Tour of Mamma Mia!. Other production credits include Leader of the Pack, Dusty – The Original Pop Diva, We Will Rock You, Sweet Charity, Damn Yankees and Spamalot.

SCOTT JOHNSON (Tommy DeVito). For the last 10 years the lead vocalist and guitarist in several rock bands, Scott’s theatrical credits include productions for STC, QTC and Marion Street Theatre and his film and television credits include Neighbours, McLeod’s Daughters, Jessica, Blue Heelers, Home and Away, Big Sky and Razzle Dazzle.

GLASTON TOFT (Nick Massi). Glaston, a graduate of WAAPA, understudied and performed the role of Peewee in TML Enterprises’s production of SHOUT – The Legend of the Wild One and his other career highlights include supporting roles in The Production Company’s Little Me and Camelot.

STEPHEN MAHY (Bob Gaudio). Stephen graduated from WAAPA in 2006, the year after Glaston Toft and toured Australia with Miss Saigon, covering the roles of Chris and John. He has performed with Kookaburra the National Music Theatre Company, The Production Company and Guy Noble’s Karaoke the Musical.

For more information, visit www.JerseyBoysInfo.com

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.