Jersey Boys Work Their Way Back To Sunderland Empire

Issue 33

Following two sensational runs at Sunderland Empire, the West End phenomenon Jersey Boys is working its way back to the North East with a date at Sunderland Empire (20-31 Mar 2018).

Jersey Boys tells the remarkable true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and their rise to stardom from the wrong side of the tracks. These four boys from New Jersey became one of the most successful bands in pop history and sold 175 million records worldwide. The show is packed with their hits, including 1963 (Oh What a Night), Bye Bye Baby and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.

Jersey Boys first opened in London at the Prince Edward Theatre in March 2008 and moved to the Piccadilly Theatre in March 2014. The Olivier Awardwinning West End production closed in March 2017 following nine amazing years in London. The first UK & Ireland Tour of Jersey Boys was a recordbreaking success and ran for 18 months. The new tour opened in December with Michael Watson playing Frankie Valli, Simon Bailey as Tommy De Vito, Declan Egan as Bob Gaudio and Lewis Griffiths as Nick Massi. They have all previously performed their roles in Jersey Boys to great acclaim.

Michael Watson made his West End debut in We Will Rock You. A founder member of theatre supergroup Teatro, Simon Bailey played Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera. Declan Egan played the role of Bob Gaudio in Jersey Boys in his native Australia while Lewis Griffiths played Johnny Castle in the recent tour of Dirty Dancing. Winner of Broadway’s Tony, London’s Olivier and Australia’s Helpmann Awards for Best New Musical, Jersey Boys is the winner of 57 major awards worldwide and has been seen by over 25 million people worldwide.

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