Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - JERSEY BOYS
A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. The craziness is almost upon us, but there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters .
BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's Jersey Boys below!
JERSEY BOYS opened on Broadway to critical acclaim on November 6, 2005 at the August Wilson Theatre. The show has been seen by over 20 million people worldwide (as of May 2014) and is currently playing in New York; Las Vegas; London; in cities across the U.S. on a National Tour and The Netherlands.
JERSEY BOYS is written by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, and is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Des McAnuff and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo. The original Broadway cast included John Lloyd Young, Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer.
JERSEY BOYS 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 all their hits including "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."
RICHARD H. BLAKE (Tommy DeVito)
Broadway: Wicked (Fiyero), Legally Blonde (Warner), The Wedding Singer (Glen Guglia), Hairspray (Link Larkin), Aida (Radames), Saturday Night Fever (Tony Manero), Rent (Roger), Matilda (Sergei), The Prince of Central Park (Prince), Macbeth (Boy Macduff), The Sound of Music (Friedrich), Teddy and Alice (Archie). National Tours: Wicked (Fiyero), Saturday Night Fever (Tony Manero), Footloose (Chuck Cranston), The Sound of Music (Rolf). Film: Life of an Actress, The Factory, Any Day Now, Red light August. Numerous TV, Off Broadway, Regional Theatre, commercials and radio credits. His favorite roles to date are that of husband and father to his amazing wife and son. @richardhblake
MATT BOGART (NIck Massi)
Broadway: Aida (Radames), Miss Saigon (Chris, also National Tour), The Civil War (Pt. Taylor), Smokey Joe's Café (also filmed for TV & DVD) and recently, the National Tour of Camelot (Lancelot). World Premieres: Zhivago (San Diego Critics Award) with Des McAnuff, Ace, Himself and Nora, Camille Claudel, People Like Us, and Two Cities (CT Critics Award Nom). Mr. Bogart has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center and is an Affiliated Artist for Arena Stage having played in Orpheus Descending (Val) and Camelot (Helen Hayes Award Nom). Film/TV: SMASH (recurring as JFK), Summer Nuts (feature), Law & Order and L&O:SVU. www.MattBogart.com.
DREW GEHLING (Bob Gaudio)
Broadway: On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Jersey Boys. National Tour/Regional: A Minister's Wife (LCT, Original Cast Album), Jersey Boys (Chicago, SF, and Vegas), Johnny Baseball (ART), Anne of Green Gables (Off-Broadway, Award-Winning Cast Recording), Flamingo Kid, Candide, Moby Dick, Hello Dolly (Paper Mill), Myths and Hymns, Nightingale (a new musical by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater), and Derma. TV/Film: Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (HBOFilms), 30 Rock (NBC), and Bully (Rockstar Games). He is thrilled to be working with this amazing company again. A Carnegie Mellon graduate currently studying at Columbia University, he wishes to thank his wonderful family, friends and Sara.
RYAN MOLLOY (Frankie Valli)
Ryan is thrilled to make his Broadway debut in Jersey Boys having originated this role in the London cast, earning an Olivier Award nomination and the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Theatre Credits: The Pickled Cerebrum (Playhouse, LA); Macbeth (Workhouse, London); Betrayal and The Merchant of Venice (Workhouse, London). Musical credits: Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Taboo (The Venue, London), the NT production of Jerry Springer: The Opera (Cambridge Theatre), Tonight's the Night (UK tour), On the Town (ENO, London Coliseum), The Blues Brothers Unlimited, Eurobeat (Edinburgh Fringe), Godspell (UK tour). Album: Turn on the Night on iTunes. @MolloyOfficial | www.RyanMolloy.com.
PETER GREGUS (Bob Crewe and others)
Career Lowlights: Elf (Macys), 10-foot Day-Glo Frog (Radio City), Elf (MSG, better costume, still an Elf), Dean Martin's Head (Radio City). Highlights: Dean Martin's Head (first job with Des), Contact (OBC), A Chorus Line (with Donnie McKechnie), Animal Crackers (Goodspeed), Jersey Boys (La Jolla). Some screen appearances of me looking quietly concerned in the background. Thanks to all who have supported my Quixotic search for artistic satisfaction and a paycheck. For Aaron, the best thing ever.
MARK LOTITO (Gyp DeCarlo and others)
Broadway: Mark has played "Tevye" in Fiddler on the Roof and "Max Bialystock" in The Producers. Also on Broadway: Dinner at Eight, Betrayal, The Boys From Syracuse, Marie Christine, Most Happy Fella, Victor/Victoria, Smell of the Kill. TV: "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Sopranos," all the "Law & Order" shows, "Third Watch," "NYPD Blue," "NY Undercover," "Feds," "Cosby." Film: Moonlight Mile, Growing Down in Brooklyn, Saint of Fort Washington, Keep the Change, Just Like in the Movies.
MILES AUBREY (Norm Waxman and others)
Broadway: Ring of Fire. Tour: Jersey Boys (1st Nat'l). Regional: Goodspeed, NSMT, Flat Rock, Tennessee Rep. Guitar: regular appearances on the Grand Ole Opry, Altar Boyz (Off-B'way), extensive touring/session work. Thanks Des, Tara and Merri! Proud member AEA, AFM.
ERIK BATES (Hank Majewski and others)
Erik joins the Broadway company direct from the touring production of Jersey Boys. Prior to joining Jersey Boys, Erik sang backup to Frankie Valli himself. Broadway: Miss Saigon, Regional: Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story, The Fantasticks. Love to Audrey. www.ErikBates.com.
CANDI BOYD (Universal Swing)
BFA Point Park University. Credits: Jersey Boys (Swing - national tour), Annie (Lily - Northern Stage), Hair, Contact, Anything Goes (Reno - Pittsburgh Playhouse), Happy Embalmer (NYMF) and JC Superstar (KC Starlight). Thanks to Merri, her amazing parents, the Buddies and the best husband in history. www.candiboyd.com.
JARED BRADSHAW (Swing)
Brad is thrilled to rejoin the cast after swinging nine roles with the Chicago company and first national tour. Best known for three years with Forbidden Broadway (cast album). Jared thanks Terry Saperstein, his parents, and his "Wicked" wife, Lindsay. www.jaredbradshaw.com
JOSEPH LEO BWARIE (Frankie Valli on Wed. & Sat. Mats.)
Joseph has played 'Frankie' a record number of times - nearly 1700 performances (including Las Vegas, the 1st National Tour and his 2013 Broadway debut in the role). The California native began his professional career on "Highway To Heaven" at age 9 and holds a BFA from Boston's Emerson College. Bwarie's big band solo album Nothin' But Love (heard on XM Siriusly Sinatra) produced by Four Seasons' arranger Charles Calello is available on iTunes and Amazon. Learn more about JLB, his work with Los Angeles' acclaimed Troubadour Theater Company and his collaborations with Hollywood icon Garry Marshall at www.JosephLeoBwarie.com.
CARA COOPER (Mary Delgado and others)
Broadway: Elf, Legally Blonde, The Wedding Singer, All Shook Up, Urban Cowboy. Tours: Spamalot, 42nd Street, The Who's Tommy. Other: Robin and the 7 Hoods, A Chorus Line. Film/TV: Bronx Paradise, "Guiding Light," numerous commercials. RADA Shakespeare and B.F.A. NYU.
KEN DOW (Thug, Bass)
Ken has played upright and electric bass for the Tony Award-winning shows Annie Get Your Gun and 700 Sundays and with members of both the Doors and Queen.
JOHN EDWARDS (Barry Belson and others)
John is thrilled to be a part of Jersey Boys! National Tours; Hairspray National/Japan Tour (Seaweed J. Stubbs). Other credits include Dreamgirls (Jimmy Early), Brooklyn (Streetsinger), All Shook Up, Footloose and more. Glory to GOD. Thanks to my mother, family, and friends. "Laid up don't get you paid up!"
CHRIS MESSINA (Joey, Recording Studio Engineer and others)
Christopher is psyched to rejoin this amazing company. B'way/Nat'l Tour: Jersey Boys (Joey/Frankie u/s). Film: Jersey Boys (Dancer/Frankie Stand-in). Thanks to his Parents & the JB Team for their endless support. TRUST in your journey. "Happiness is wanting what you have."
KATIE O'TOOLE (Swing)
Broadway debut! Credits include Flora the Red Menace (L.A. Reprise); We Will Rock You (Vegas); Starlight Express national tour (Dinah); 42nd Street; A Chorus Line; Babes in Arms; Sweeney Todd. AEA. Thanks to Merri Sugarman, Tara Rubin. Love always to my Family.
JOE PAYNE (Thug, Guitars)
B'way debut. Regional/tour: Buddy Holly (Joseph Jefferson Award), Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Beehive, Return to the Forbidden Planet, It's a Wonderful Life, Jersey Boys (La Jolla). Thanks to wife, Cyndi.
MAURICIO PEREZ (Swing)
Credits: Jersey Boys (Tour), Miss Abigail's Guide... (Off-B'way, TPAC Premiere), Altar Boyz (Off-B'way, Cincinnati Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, Arvada Center). Thanks to my loving and supportive family and friends. This one's for Pops, who taught me to walk like a man. www.mauricioperez.co.
NATHAN SCHERICH (Swing)
Durham, NC native. Vanderbilt Grad. Broadway debut! Tours: Billy Elliot, Jersey Boys, West Side Story. Tons of Regional. Indebted to all who helped make this dream come true. Love to family, beautiful wife, Allie, and twin sons, Oliver and Elliot! www.nathanscherich.com.
SARA SCHMIDT (Francine and others)
Proud member of the original Broadway cast of Jersey Boys. Other Broadway: Brooklyn, Dance of the Vampires. Off-Broadway: Fame on 42nd Street, The Fantasticks. Tour: Fiddler on the Roof. She thanks her Jersey Boys family for making each day better than the last.
KIRSTEN SCOTT (Lorraine and others)
B'way: Big Fish, Follies, Hairspray. Off- B'way/Regional: Big Fish (Oriental Theater), Follies (Kennedy Center/Ahmanson), Marvelous Wonderettes (Westside Theater), Grease (Music Circus), Chaplin (La Jolla), Minsky's (Ahmanson), Curtains (PCLO), TV: "All My Children", "Steve Harvey Show." BFA CMU. For my original Jersey Boy, Matt.