PHOTO CALL: Jeremy Kushnier, Jarrod Spector, Matt Bogart and Drew Gehling Are Broadway's Jersey Boys
By Matthew Blank
Drew Gehling assumed the role of Bob Gaudio, and Jeremy Kushnier began performances as Tommy DeVito in the Broadway company of the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys Oct. 9.
Drew Gehling previously played the role of Bob Gaudio in Jersey Boys companies in Las Vegas, San Francisco, Chicago and Broadway. Jeremy Kushnier has played the role of Tommy DeVito in Chicago, Las Vegas and Toronto.
The current Broadway cast is led by Jarrod Spector (Frankie Valli) and Matt Bogart (Nick Massi) with Peter Gregus and Mark Lotito. The cast also includes Miles Aubrey, Jared Bradshaw, Cara Cooper, Ken Dow, John Edwards, Russell Fischer, Kristofer McNeeley, Katie O’Toole, Joe Payne, Jessica Rush, Dominic Scaglione Jr., Nathan Scherich, Sara Schmidt and Taylor Sternberg.
Jersey Boys is written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, direction by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.
The musical, according to press notes, "is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi, about a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks who 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." The show features “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What A Night,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back To You.”
Jersey Boys is the recipient of the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical and the 2009 Olivier Award for Best Musical. The Original Broadway Cast Recording, produced by Bob Gaudio, received the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album and has been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The Broadway production also won the 2006 Outer Critics Circle & Drama League Awards for Best Musical.
The Broadway production opened Nov. 6, 2005, at the August Wilson Theatre.
For more information visit JerseyBoysBroadway.com.
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