Jersey Boys is set to launch its first ever concurrent U.K. tour beginning in September. Performances will start September 4, 2014 at Manchester’s Palace Theater for a run that will last through October 4, 2014. The tour will then continue to Edinburgh, Stoke, Hull, Sunderland, and Birmingham.
The U.K. tour is produced by Dodger Theatricals, David Ian / Michael Watt and Ambassador Theatre Group, with Joseph J. Grano, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group, in association with Latitude Link, Rick Steiner, DHST Inc. It is written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. It will be staged by the original Broadway creative team, led by director Des McAnuff and choreographer Sergio Trujillo, with scenic design by Klara Zieglerova, costume design by Jess Goldstein, lighting by Howell Binkley, sound by Steve Canyon Kennedy and projections design by Michael Clark.
Jersey Boys tells the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons (composed of Frankie Valli, Bob Guadio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi) and how the four blue-collar boys from the wrong side of town were able to become one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. The show features plenty of the group’s hits, including “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What a Night,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “My Eyes Adored You,” “Dawn” and “Sherry.”
Currently, Jersey Boys is running at West End’s Prince Edward Theatre prior to a move to the Piccadilly Theatre in March. To date, the show has been viewed by more than 19 million people worldwide. The production first opened on Broadway in 2005 and has been a hit ever since. It is the winner of the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical, 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). The musical currently has productions in London, Las Vegas, South Africa, and the Netherlands in addition to the ongoing North American tour.