Johnny Cannizzaro and Mike Doyle Join JERSEY BOYS Film
Deadline.com reports that Johnny Cannizzaro and Mike Doyle are the latest to join the cast of Clint Eastwood's upcoming big screen adaptation of Jersey Boys. Cannizzaro will play "Nick DeVito" -- twin brother of Tommy DeVito and founding member of The Variety Trio -- with Doyle taking on the role of music producer "Bob Crewe".
Johnny Cannizzaro has appeared in The Muppets and Lost Angels, and will next appear in the TV movies Channing and Bike Cops Van Nuys. Mike Doyle's upcoming project is You're Not You. His other credits include the TV series Shameless and A Gifted Man, as well as the films Gayby, The Exhibitionists and Green Lantern.
BroadwayWorld also confirmed earlier today that Erich Bergen will reprise his critically acclaimed portrayal of Bob Gaudio. Bergen played the role in the First National Tour, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas casts of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical.
In addition, Jeremy Luke and Joey Russo will star as "Joe 'Joey' Pesci", who helped create the Four Seasons, and a loan shark named "Donnie", respectively. Donnie Kehr will star as "Norm Waxman" and Christopher Walken as "Angelo 'Gyp' DeCarlo".
As BWW previously reported, Broadway's John Lloyd Young, Michael Lomenda and Boardwalk Empire's Vincent Piazza are under consideration to star in the movie musical. All of the actors, with the exception of Piazza, have previously appeared in a stage production of the musical. Young would play "Frankie Valli", Piazza would play "Tommy DeVito" and Lomenda would play "Nick Massi".
JERSEY BOYS is the journey 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: Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty.
JERSEY BOYS is the winner of the 2006 Best Musical Tony Award, the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album and the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Directed on Broadway by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff, Jersey Boys is written by Academy Award-winner Marshall Brickmanand Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.
Pictured: Mike Doyle. Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski.