October 23, 2006

BREAKING NEWS: Jersey Boys Producers Announce Tour Cast!

October 23rd, 2006

BroadwayWorld.com, Broadway.com, and Theatermania.com report that the producers of Jersey Boys, winner of this year’s Tony Award for Best Musical, have announced the cast that will launch the National Tour in San Francisco in December!

The national Jersey Boys tour will star Erich Bergen as Bob Gaudio, Michael Ingersoll as Nick Massi, Christopher Kale Jones as Frankie Valli and Deven May as Tommy DeVito.

Also in the cast are John Altieri as Bob Crewe, Joseph Siravo as Gyp DeCarlo, Miles Aubrey, Erik Bates, Sandra DeNise, Jennifer Evans, Rick Faugno, Eric Gutman, Nathan Klau, Brandon Matthieus, Jackie Seiden, Jarrod Spector, Taylor Sternberg, and Melissa Strom.

Jersey Boys is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Des McAnuff. The musical, which won a total of four 2006 Tony Awards and continues to set new weekly box office records at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway, 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.

Here’s a bit about the four actors starring as the Four Seasons:

Erich Bergen (Bob Gaudio): Bergen’s recent theatrical credits include Pure Heaven: The Music of Kay Thompson (O’Neill Theatre Center), The Three Musketeers (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), and White Christmas (Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles). On television, he appeared on “The Dana Carvey Show.” He has appeared in dozens of off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway shows. At the age of 12, Erich’s voice made its Broadway debut in the Tony winning An American Daughter. Erich was born and raised in New York City and attended the drama program at the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Michael Ingersoll (Nick Massi): Miami University of Ohio graduate Ingersoll’s Chicago credits include I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Metropolis Performing Arts Center); reading of The Three Musketeers (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); world premiere of Josephine Tonight! (Theatre Building Chicago); Romeo & Juliet (A Crew of Patches); and Jonathan Larson in Tick, Tick … Boom! (Pegasus Players). Michael spent the last three years as a resident company member of Playhouse on the Square. Appeared in the feature film “Walk the Line” and the independent film “All Flesh Keep Silent.”

Christopher Kale Jones (Frankie Valli): Jones most recently made his La Jolla Playhouse debut in Zhivago, also directed by Des McAnuff. Regional credits include the following: Chris in Miss Saigon (Worcester Foothills Theatre); Mercury in Olympus on My Mind (Bristol Riverside Theatre, 2005 Barrymore nomination); Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (Fulton Opera House) and The Ballad of Little Jo (Steppenwolf Theatre). New York credits include: House of Desires (Storm Theatre); Swimming Upstream (NY Fringe Festival), and most recently, a reading of the new musical Warsaw.

Deven May (Tommy DeVito): May appeared Off-Broadway in the title role of Bat Boy, earning a Theatre World Award for Outstanding New York Debut, as well as Drama Desk and Lortel Award nominations. He originated the role with the Actors’ Gang in LA where he won the 1998 Ovation Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical, and also revived the part last year in the UK productions at The West Yorkshire Playhouse and The Shaftesbury. His other stage credits include A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Goodspeed), Camelot and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Television: “Oz,” “Days of Our Lives.”

Jersey Boys will begin its National Tour in San Francisco at the Curran Theatre in December, 2006 (previews begin December 1, opening night is December 10, and the production runs through February 11, 2007). Then, Jersey Boys will play in Los Angeles at Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre for a limited engagement May 25 through August 5, opening June 3, and will play a limited run in Chicago at the LaSalle Bank Theatre beginning October, 2007.

For more information, visit the Jersey Boys National Tour official website.

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