'Jersey Boys' Las Vegas to Star Bergen, Faugno, Kushnier & Leibow

By: Jan. 18, 2008
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Casting has been announced for the Las Vegas production of Jersey Boys, which opens for previews at the lavish Palazzo on April 4, 2008.  The cast of Jersey Boys will be led by Erich Bergen (Bob Gaudio), Rick Faugno (Frankie Valli), Jeremy Kushnier (Tommy DeVito) and Jeff Leibow (Nick Massi) as The Four Seasons, with John Altieri and Ken Krugman.

The ensemble of Jersey Boys includes Mike Backes, Natalie Bradshaw, Joseph Leo Bwarie, Joyce Chittick, Graham Fenton, Julia Krohn, Jason Martinez, Kristofer McNeeley, Jonathan Gerard Rodriguez, John Salvatore, Michael James Scott, Lauren Tartaglia and Colin Trahan.

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

Ticket prices, exclusive of handling fees, range from $65 to $135, with VIP Packages available. Tickets for Jersey Boys at The Palazzo can be purchased by calling The Venetian Box Office at 1-866-641-SHOW or 702-414-9000, or online at www.VenetianTickets.com. Reservations for groups are currently being accepted, for more information call 702-785-5394 or email GroupSales@BASEentertainment.com.

For more information on Jersey Boys, go to www.JerseyBoysInfo.com/Vegas

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 and continues to set new weekly box office records, remaining among the five top grossing shows in New York.

"Jersey Boys is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi.  This is the story 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," explain press notes.

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 original Broadway cast recording available on Rhino.

Erich Bergen (Bob Gaudio) joins the Jersey Boys Las Vegas Company directly from the First National Tour. Recent theatrical credits include Pure Heaven: The Music Of Kay Thompson (O'Neil Theatre Center), The Three Musketeers (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), White Christmas (Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles). On television, he appeared on "The Dana Carvey Show." He has appeared in dozens of off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway shows. At the age of 12, Erich's voice made its Broadway debut in the Tony winning An American Daughter. Erich was born and raised in New York City and attended the drama program at the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Rick Faugno (Frankie Valli) started in the National Tour of Jersey Boys as Joey/Frankie Understudy, became Alternate Frankie in that company and now, he's getting the chance to call the role his own. He began performing on Broadway at age 12 in The Will Rogers Follies. Other Broadway to follow: Conversations With My Father, Fosse, Wonderful Town and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Recently, he received critical success in Julie Andrews' The Boy Friend and Fords Theatre's Shenandoah.

Jeremy Kushnier (Tommy DeVito) is very excited to be a member of the Jersey Boys family, joining the Las Vegas Company directly from the Chicago Company.  As a singer/songwriter, Jeremy has released two independent CDs which are available on his website at www.jeremykushnier.com. Broadway: originated the role of Ren in Footloose (Helen Hayes award and Outer Critics Award Nominee), Rent. Tours:  Rent, Aida, The Who's Tommy. Regional: Jesus Christ Superstar, The Full Monty, Bright Lights, Big City, The Rhythm Club. Film: The Adulterer. Television: "FX," John Woo's "Once a Thief."

Jeff Leibow (Nick Massi) is ecstatic to be joining the Jersey Boys family. Regional credits include: Jamie in The Last 5 Years (San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Nomination), Barry in Putting It Together (San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Nomination), Michael in Smokey Joe's Café, Man 1 in I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, Radames in Aida, and the world premieres of Memphis (directed by Gabriel Barre) and Kept (directed by Scott Schwartz).


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