The Tony Award winning musical “Jersey Boys” will be celebrating its second year at the Toronto Centre for the Arts on August 22 by saying adieu to their millions of fans for the past couple of years that made the musical the longest running theatrical production in the said venue.
After its limited-run debut in Toronto on August 21, 2008, it didn’t take long before “Jersey Boys” was given a two-year extension after earning positive reviews on its opening performance and achieving a sold-out status for each show.
As the production wraps up on the 22nd, Aubrey Dan of Dancap Productions, who brought the musical to Toronto, is grateful to those who “embraced Jersey Boys from the start”, their co-producers from New York, Dodger Theatricals, and everyone who made the musical a success – from the entire cast, to the staff and crew, and most especially, the Toronto Centre for the Arts which graciously welcomed the show and housed it for two years.
During the mid-‘60s, four 20-something Italian-American working class men stormed their way into the music scene through original and innovative material and sounds. The story of these four boys – Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy De Vito and Nick Massi – and how they became the successful ‘60s pop quartet – Four Seasons – is being retold in the “Jersey Boys” musical written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Four Seasons’ Bob Gaudio and lyrics written by Bob Crewe.
Jeff Madden, Quinn Van Antwerp, Daniel Robert Sullivan and Michael Lomenda star in the Toronto production of the musical as members of the legendary American pop quartet with Madden playing as the band’s front man, Frankie Valli. Tony Award recipient Des McAnuff leads the creative team as the director while Sergio Trujillo is in charge of the choreography. The design team includes Howell Binkley (lights), Klara Zieglerova (scene and production), Steve Canyon Kennedy (sounds), Charles LaPointe (hair and make-up), Jess Goldstein (costume) and Michael Clark (projections). Musical direction is lead by Ron Melrose with orchestrations by Steve Orich.
“Jersey Boys” made its Broadway debut at the August Wilson Theatre on November 2005 and has earned four Tony Awards for Howell Binkley for excellence in lighting design, its stars John Lloyd Young and Christian Hoff for his portrayal of band leader Frankie Valli, and Best Musical honors.
Tickets for the musical’s remaining shows in Toronto are now available via the Toronto Center for the Arts ticketing office along Yonge Street. Tickets go from $25 to $125. Call (416) 644-3665 or log onto www.JerseyBoysToronto.com for inquiries.