Tickets for Chicago Premiere of JERSEY BOYS Go On-Sale February 23
TICKETS FOR CHICAGO PREMIERE OF THE 2006 TONY® AWARD WINNING BEST MUSICAL
WILL GO ON SALE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2007
OCTOBER 6 – DECEMBER 9, 2007
AT CHICAGO’S LASALLE BANK THEATRE
CHICAGO (February 6, 2007) – Individual tickets for the highly-anticipated Chicago premiere of JERSEY BOYS, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, will go on sale Friday, February 23, 2007 for performances beginning October 6 through December 9, 2007 at Chicago’s LaSalle Bank Theatre (18 W. Monroe St.):
• 8:00 a.m. – Tickets go on sale at the LaSalle Bank Theatre box office, ticketmaster.com and through the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line, (312) 902-1400. 1,000 of the best seats available will be sold exclusively at the LaSalle Bank Theatre box office.
• 10:00 a.m. – Tickets go on sale at all remaining Broadway In Chicago box offices and ticket outlets.
Tickets are currently available for groups of 20 or more by calling (312) 977-1710.
Directed by two-time Tony® Award-winner Des McAnuff, JERSEY BOYS won four 2006 Tony® Awards including Best Musical and continues to break box office records at the August Wilson Theatre since opening in November 2005. JERSEY BOYS 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.
JERSEY BOYS will be presented in Chicago by Broadway In Chicago and TheatreDreams. JERSEY BOYS is part of the 2007 Walgreens Broadway In Chicago Season Series and TheatreDreams subscription.
JERSEY BOYS is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks 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.
Casting for the Chicago premiere of JERSEY BOYS will be announced at a later date.
The JERSEY BOYS design and production team comprises Klara Zieglerova (Scenic Design), Jess Goldstein (Costume Design), Howell Binkley (winner of the 2006 Tony® Award for his Lighting Design of JERSEY BOYS), Steve Canyon Kennedy (Sound Design), Michael Clark (Projections Design), Charles LaPointe (Wig and Hair Design), Steve Orich (Orchestrations) and Ron Melrose (Music Direction, Vocal Arrangements & Incidental Music).
JERSEY BOYS is produced on Broadway by Dodger Theatricals, Joseph J. Grano, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group, in association with Latitude Link and Rick Steiner.
JERSEY BOYS will premiere in Chicago at the LaSalle Bank Theatre (18 W. Monroe), October 6 through December 9, 2007. The performance schedule is as follows: Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m. There will be a 7:30 p.m. performance on Sunday October 7 and October 21; and a 6:30 p.m. performance on Sunday, October 14. There will NOT be a 2 p.m. matinee on Wednesday, October 10 or Sunday, October 14.
Tickets for JERSEY BOYS go on sale Friday, February 23 and range in price from $30 - $95. Tickets are available at Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (18 W. Monroe, 24 W. Randolph St. and 151 W. Randolph St.), through the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (312) 902-1400, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Carson Pirie Scott stores, Tower Records, Hot Tix, select Coconuts and fye stores) or online at ticketmaster.com. Groups of 20 or more can receive a discount by calling (312) 977-1710.
MARSHALL BRICKMAN (Book). Films: (author or co-author) Sleeper, Annie Hall (AA), Manhattan, Manhattan Murder Mystery; (writer/director) Simon, Lovesick, The Manhattan Project, Sister Mary Explains it All. Television: The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (head writer), The Dick Cavett ABC late night show (head writer/co-producer). Mr. Brickman entered show business as a musician, first as a member of the folk group the Tarriers and then, along with John and Michelle Phillips, as one of the New Journeymen, which re-emerged a year later (Brickman having moved onto saner pursuits) as The Mommas and the Papas. Brickman’s recording (with Eric Weissberg) of the soundtrack of Deliverance, recorded in 1963, achieved gold status twice and remains a healthy seller around the world forty years later. Mr. Brickman has published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Playboy, and other periodicals. Jersey Boys is his first venture into the musical theater.
RICK ELICE (Book) wrote a popular thriller, Double Double (translated in 16 languages), Leonardo’s Ring (London Fringe, 2003) and Dog and Pony (New York Stage & Film, 2003). From 1982-2000, as creative director at Serino Coyne Inc., he produced ad campaigns for some 300 Broadway shows, from A Chorus Line to Lion King. Since 2000, he has served as creative consultant for The Walt Disney Studio. BA, Cornell University; MFA, Yale Drama School; Teaching Fellow, Harvard University; charter member, American Repertory Theater. In 2003, he appeared off-Broadway in Elaine May’s comedy, Adult Entertainment. With Marshall Brickman, he is currently writing another Broadway musical, to be directed by Tommy Tune. End of credits. Rick saw his first Broadway show when he was three. His mother said he was very well-behaved. From that day, he dreamed of working in the theater. From the age of nineteen, he has. Heartfelt thanks to those he’s been lucky enough to know, whose work makes him grateful for the day he was born: Sondheim, Stoppard, Bennett, Prince, Fosse, Robbins, Nichols, Tune, Nunn, Laurents, Stone, Kushner, Taymor, Papp, Schumacher, Schneider, Coyne, Brickman and Rees. Rick thinks about them a lot. He never thought about Jersey much. He does now.
BOB GAUDIO (Music) wrote his first hit, “Who Wears Short Shorts,” at 15, for the Royal Teens, a group he started, then went on to become a founding member of the Four Seasons and the band’s principal songwriter. He also produced the hit “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” for Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand (Grammy nomination, Record of the Year), as well as six albums for Diamond, including The Jazz Singer. Other producing credits include albums for Frank Sinatra, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, and the soundtrack for Little Shop of Horrors. Several songs co-written with Bob Crewe have been cover hits for such artists as the Tremeloes (“Silence Is Golden”) and the Walker Brothers (“The Sun Ain`t Gonna Shine Anymore”) Lauren Hill (“Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”). With his wife, Judy Parker, Gaudio produced and co-wrote the Who Loves You album for the Four Seasons, and one of Billboard’s longest-charted singles (54 weeks), “Oh, What A Night.” A highpoint in his career came in 1990, when, as a member of the original Four Seasons, Gaudio was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, which hailed him as “a quintessential music-maker.” In 1995, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. To this day, Bob Gaudio and Frankie Valli still maintain their partnership…on a handshake.
BOB CREWE (Lyrics). “New York was pregnant in the fifties,” says Bob Crewe, “gestating with possibilities.” Crewe and music partner Frank Slay became independent writer-producers when the category hadn’t yet been invented. In 1957 they wrote and produced “Silhouettes” for The Rays, skyrocketing to #1. Suddenly, producers in demand, they launched Freddie Cannon’s “Tallahassee Lassie” and Billy & Lillie’s “Lah Dee Da.” Crewe’s 1960’s solo unprecedented producing success with The Four Seasons birthed a new sound, striking a major chord in American Pop. “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Candy Girl,” “Ronnie” – all smashes! When lead Frankie Valli demanded a solo turn, Crewe & Bob Gaudio wrote and Crewe produced “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You,” eventually becoming the century’s fifth most played song. Crewe ran hot with artists from Vicki Carr, Oliver, Lesley Gore to Mitch Ryder, co-writing with Charles Fox the soundtrack for Jane Fonda’s film, “Barbarella”. Then his own Bob Crewe Generation exploded with Music To Watch Girls By. 1972 Bob L.A., where he revived Frankie Valli with “My Eyes Adored You” by Crewe & Kenny Nolan. They also co-wrote Patti LaBelle’s “Lady Marmalade” (#1, July ’75) – to re-hit again from the soundtrack of Moulin Rouge (#1, June ’01). Credit: David Ritz.
DES McANUFF (Director) is a two-time Tony® Award-winning director and writer and the Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse. Under his leadership, La Jolla Playhouse has won more than 300 theatre awards including the 1993 Tony® Award as America’s Outstanding Regional Theatre. Recent productions directed at the Playhouse include Zhivago (2005); Palm Beach, The Screwball Musical (2005); Private Fittings (2005); Tom Donaghy’s Eden Lane (2003); Molière’s Tartuffe (2002); and The Collected Works of Billy the Kid (2001). Playhouse to Broadway Credits: Jersey Boys; Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays (Playhouse 2004; Broadway 2004, Tony® Award for Special Theatrical Event); How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Playhouse 1994, Broadway 1995), The Who’s Tommy (director/co-author with Pete Townshend; Playhouse 1992, Broadway 1993, Tony® Award Best Director of a Musical, London Olivier Award Best Director 1994), A Walk in the Woods (Playhouse 1987, Broadway 1988, Moscow and Lithuania 1989-90) and Big River (Playhouse 1984, Broadway 1985, seven Tony® Awards including Best Director of a Musical and Best Musical). Film credits include Cousin Bette (director), Iron Giant (Producer), The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (director), Quills (Executive Producer).
SERGIO TRUJILLO (Choreographer) most recently choreographed the Broadway musical All Shook Up. Other NYC credits: The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Off-Broadway), Bare (Off-Broadway), A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Encores!), and Salome (NYC Opera). Int’l credits: Peggy Sue Got Married (West End, London); West Side Story and The Sound of Music (Stratford Festival); Kiss Me, Kate and Twelfth Night (Tokyo, Japan). Other Theatre credits: The Mambo Kings (Golden Gate Theatre), Jersey Boys (La Jolla Playhouse), The Wedding Banquet (Village Theatre), Kiss Of The Spiderwoman (North Shore Music Theatre), Le Nozze Di Figaro (LA Opera), Hoy Come Ayer (Ballet Hispanico) and segments of Chita Rivera’s Chita and All that Jazz. Mr. Trujillo has choreographed various TV specials including: “Broadway: The American Musical” (PBS), and “The 14 American Comedy Awards” starring Nathan Lane, Martin Short and Jane Krakowski. Recipient of a 2003 Ovation Award in LA and three Dora Mavor Moore Award Nominations for outstanding choreography in Canada.
JERSEY BOYS premiered at LaJolla Playhouse, October 17, 2004, where the musical played a record-breaking run prior to the Broadway production.
JERSEY BOYS cast recording available now on Rhino Records.
Visit the JERSEY BOYS website at www.JerseyBoysTour.com.
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