Performances of 'Jersey Boys' Begin Tonight in Toronto

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Performances of 'Jersey Boys' Begin Tonight in TorontoPerformances of the Toronto engagement of Jersey Boys begin tonight, Thursday, August 21 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts (5040 Yonge Street north of Sheppard Avenue).   The production officially opens Sunday, August 24 and will run through October 5, 2008.

The cast of Jersey Boys is lead by Joseph Leo Bwarie (Frankie Valli), original Broadway cast member Steve Gouveia (Nick Massi), Canadian native Jeremy Kushnier (Tommy DeVito) and Andrew Rannells (Bob Gaudio) with Jonathan Hadley and Joseph Siravo.

The ensemble of Jersey Boys includes Matt Bailey, Sarah Darling, Christopher DeAngelis, John Gardiner, Buck Hujabre, Leo Huppert, Jamie Karen, Renée Marino, Brandon Matthieus, Denise Payne, Zachary Prince, Nathan Scherich, Brian Silverman, Courter Simmons, Taylor Sternberg and Kara Tremel.

Jersey Boys is the winner of the 2006 Best Musical Tony Award® and the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.

Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner and Toronto native Des McAnuff, Jersey Boys is written by Academy Award-winner Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo another native Torontonian.

Jersey Boys opened at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway to critical acclaim on November 6, 2005 and remains among the top five grossing shows in New York. The Jersey Boys National Tour opened to rave reviews in San Francisco on December 1, 2006, played a record-breaking run in Los Angeles and is still breaking house records in cities across North America. There are five current productions of Jersey Boys:  New York, London, Chicago, Las Vegas, a North American tour, and a sixth production will open in Melbourne, Australia in March, 2009.

Jersey Boys is presented in Toronto as part of Dancap Productions Inc.'s inaugural launch. "This is a hot ticket in Toronto and we are thrilled to announce this superb cast," says Aubrey Dan, President Dancap Productions Inc., "audiences will love Jersey Boys." Tickets start at $55.00, with select premium seating available. To purchase and/or to find out more, call Ticketmaster at 416-872-1111 or visit JerseyBoysToronto.com. For Dancap Members and/or groups of 20 or more, contact the CAP Centre at 416-644-3665 or 1-866-950-7469 during regular business hours (Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST) or visit dancaptickets.com anytime for details.

Jersey Boys is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. It's a 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. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty.

The Jersey Boys design and production team comprises Klara Zieglerova (Scenic Design), Jess Goldstein (Costume Design), Howell Binkley (winner of the 2006 Tony Award® for his Lighting Design of Jersey Boys), Steve Canyon Kennedy (Sound Design), Michael Clark (Projections Design), Charles LaPointe (Wig and Hair Design), Steve Orich (Orchestrations) and Ron Melrose (Music Direction, Vocal Arrangements & Incidental Music).

Jersey Boys is produced by Dodger Theatricals, Joseph J. Grano, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group, with Latitude Link and Rick Steiner.

The Original Broadway Cast Recording of Jersey Boys was produced by Bob Gaudio, and was recently certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The cast recording is now available on Rhino Records. Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons (Broadway Books) is the official handbook to the smash Broadway hit.

Photo Credit Joan Marcus

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