March 19, 2008

It’s a Jersey Season in London–and Later in Australia!

March 19th, 2008

Jo Roberts London of asks: Do theatergoers in London and Melbourne care about a rags-to-riches story of four New Jersey street kids? The creators of a Tony award-winning Broadway musical are about to find out, one country at a time.

Jersey Boys — the Story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, opened on London’s West End on Tuesday night to a packed house, which included Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cilla Black and Queen guitarist Brian May.

In 12 months it will have a yet-to-be-cast Australian production at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre, but London audiences will likely indicate just how well the story of the group — responsible for hits such as Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry and Oh What a Night — will carry across the continents.

Roberts interviews writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, along with choregrapher Sergio Trujillo, about the incredible success of Jersey Boys. Trujillo sums it up nicely,

“I think a lot of people will connect. It’s about real people with real dreams that have to go through real obstacles and real sorrow and love and happiness,” said Trujillo. “I think that’s why this show speaks to a lot of people.”

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  1. Can’t wait for Australia. CAN’T WAIT.

    Comment by Leanna — March 19, 2008 @ 4:11 pm

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