Choreographer Sergio Trujillo Will Repeat His Work for Jersey Boys Film
By Adam Hetrick
Drama Desk Award nominee Sergio Trujillo, who choreographed the international hit musical Jersey Boys, will repeat his work for the upcoming Clint Eastwood-helmed film adaptation.
The musical opened at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway to critical acclaim Nov. 6, 2005. Trujillo's numerous stage credits also include Memphis, Next to Normal, Hands on a Hardbody, The Addams Family and Flashdance.
The film will begin shooting late this summer in Los Angeles. Graham King ("Argo") and Robert Lorenz ("Million Dollar Baby") are producing.
Tony Award-winning playwright John Logan (Red, I'll Eat You Last) has penned the screenplay based on the original Broadway script written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, who earned Tony Award nominations for their work.
The film will include the hit songs from the Broadway production by Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe.
Casting includes Mike Doyle ("Shameless," "Gayby," "A Gifted Man") as music producer Bob Crewe, Johnny Cannizzaro ("The Muppets, Lost Angels") as Nick DeVito, Erich Bergen as Bob Gaudio, Donnie Kehr as Norm Waxman, Jeremy Luke ("Don John," "Lost Angels") as loan shark Donnie, Joey Russo ("Turbo and Joey," "It's You Not Me") as Joe Pesci and Christopher Walken as Angelo "Gyp" DeCarlo.
Previous reports indicate that Eastwood and his producers are eyeing John Lloyd Young, Michael Lomenda and Vincent Piazza for the film's other lead roles.
Eastwood's directorial credits include "Million Dollar Baby," "Flags of Our Fathers," "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and "The Bridges of Madison County."
Jersey Boys is the winner of the 2006 Best Musical Tony Award, the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical and the 2010 Helpmann Award for Best Musical (Australia).
Jersey Boys is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. According to press notes, "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."
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