Broadway musical Jersey Boys is to open at London’s Prince Edward theatre next year, following the departure of Mary Poppins in January. Jersey Boys, which tells the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, opens on 18 March 2008 following previews from 28 February.
The musical premiered on Broadway in November 2005 and won several Tony Awards at the 2006 ceremony, including Best Musical. The new London production of Jersey Boys is staged by the entire Broadway creative team, led by director Des McAnuff and choreographer Sergio Trujillo.
The story of Jersey Boys follows four blue collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks – Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi – as they become one of the biggest American pop bands of the 1960s. The band’s songs include Sherry, Walk Like A Man, December 1963 (Oh What A Night), Big Girls Don’t Cry, Bye Bye Baby and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You. The musical is written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with lyrics by Bob Crewe and music by Gaudio.
No casting has yet been confirmed for Jersey Boys.
Currently residing at the Prince Edward is the musical Mary Poppins, which is due to end its three-year stay in London on 12 January 2008. .
Booking for Jersey Boys opens tomorrow, 11 July.