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JERSEY BOYS Sets Box Office Records In Charlotte Three Weeks In A Row

The Tony®, Grammy® and Olivier® Award-winning musical JERSEY BOYS shattered sales records every week of its three-week engagement at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center's Belk Theater in Charlotte. 

The mega hit broke the Belk Theater box office record for weekly sales for the third straight week April 18, its final day of engagement at the Belk. The hit musical, part of the Duke Energy Broadway Lights Series presented by the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, grossed $1,265,665 for the week ending April 18, breaking the record the show set each of the previous two weeks when it earned $1,164,813 in week one and $1,240,430 in week two.

The show the New York Post called "Too Good To Be True" was the "Big Man in Town" earning an astonishing $3,670,908 during its three week Charlotte engagement, the highest three- week gross in the Center's history. More than 47,500 fans saw the show during its inaugural appearance in the Queen city

"JERSEY BOYS has been a phenomenon since the show opened on Broadway and we were thrilled this season to have the national tour in Charlotte," said Center President Tom Gabbard. "This show is superb in every sense, boasting an incredible cast, outstanding production values, a heartfelt and engaging story and finally, the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The show was an absolute delight for our local Broadway fans, and we can't wait to bring it back again in the future."

The inclusion of the show on the Center's 2009/10 Duke Energy Broadway Lights season also helped to fuel exceptionally strong season subscription sales. "The show certainly contributed to a very successful season for the Center," Gabbard said, "but is also has contributed significantly to economic activity in the Center City over the past three weeks. Having a blockbuster hit like this at the Belk drives cultural tourism, drawing visitors, as well as Charlotteans, into the Center City and that impacts restaurants, hotels and other businesses that support entertainment and tourism."

The sold-out Charlotte engagement of JERSEY BOYS ran March 31 - April 18 in the Belk Theater. The show was met with audience and critical acclaim. The Charlotte Observer said "Irresistible 'Jersey' is a show for all (4) Seasons" and Arts a la Mode called JERSEY BOYS "A thoroughly entertaining musical that should not be missed."

The cast of JERSEY BOYS is lead by Matt Bailey (Tommy DeVito), Joseph Leo Bwarie (Frankie Valli), original Broadway cast member Steve Gouveia (Nick Massi), Ryan Jesse (Bob Gaudio), with Charlotte-native Jonathan Hadley and Joseph Siravo.

The ensemble of JERSEY BOYS includes Michelle Aravena, Candi Boyd, Sarah Darling, Christopher Deangelis, John Edwards, Graham Fenton, John Gardiner, Buck Hujabre, Denise Payne, Nathan Scherich, Brian Silverman, Courter Simmons, Ryan Strand, Kara Tremel, Mark Verdino and Kevin Worley.

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 by two-time Tony Award® winner 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.

JERSEY BOYS opened at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway to critical acclaim on November 6, 2005. 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 six Current Productions of JERSEY BOYS: New York, London, Las Vegas, Toronto, a US National tour and Melbourne, Australia.

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 Original Broadway Cast Recording of JERSEY BOYS was produced by Bob Gaudio, and was recently certified Platinum 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.

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