Jersey Boys 2nd Natl Tour Heads to Durham 10/30-11/18; Production Supervisor Richard Hester Says Show’s Energy Is Palpable!October 27th, 2012
The JERSEY BOYS second national tour will be playing in Durham beginning Tuesday 10/30 through 11/18 and reporter Dawn Baumgartner Vaughn has a terrific interview with production supervisor Richard Hester, who was in Johannesburg at the time, working on the show’s upcoming South African debut. Here’s a preview:
â€œThe Four Seasonsâ€™ songs were hits all over the world and hits now,â€ Hester said. â€œThe reaction so far internationally is pretty much the same.â€
The U.S. tour of â€œJersey Boysâ€ will be at the Durham Performing Arts Center beginning Tuesday and running through Nov. 18. Even in the U.S., Hester said, while people know who Frankie Valli is, they donâ€™t know about him. The Four Seasons all had prison records, and the oldest was 39, Hester said, so as a â€˜boy band,â€™ they werenâ€™t covered in the press.
â€œ â€˜Jersey Boysâ€™ is the first time people have heard the other names,â€ Hester said, noting that the show is done with the real Jersey Boysâ€™ blessing. â€œTo their credit, they tell the story warts and all.â€
Hester said when he was offered the job, it was at a time when there were multiple jukebox musicals, but only â€œMamma Mia!â€ had worked. He was skeptical, but, working in New York at the time, looked forward to working in La Jolla, Calif., and with the director.
â€œWhen we did the read-through, I realized it was really special,â€ Hester said. â€œI went from thinking it was a stupid idea eight years ago, and now have done nothing but â€˜Jersey Boysâ€™ ever since.â€
There havenâ€™t been many changes to the show in its various productions.
â€œIt works like gangbusters. Each time we do the show â€“ South Africa is the ninth production â€“ we can make it look better,â€ he said. Hester said the technology is better, and they upgrade as the technology improves. LED screens are used as well. â€œThe show structure is incredibly sound. It works in Australia and it works in Vegas.â€
Visit HeraldSun.com for the full interview.