Jersey Boys

The international blockbuster musical JERSEY BOYS will open its Australian tour in September 2018 at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre. This premiere season has been secured for Sydney by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.

Jersey Boys

Creatives


Marshall Brickman

(Book)

Films (author or co-author): SleeperAnnie HallManhattanManhattan Murder MysteryFor the BoysIntersection; (as writer/ director): SimonLovesickThe Manhattan ProjectSister Mary Explains It All. Television: “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson” (head writer), “The Dick Cavett Show” (head writer/co-producer). He has published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Playboy and other periodicals and was the 2006 recipient of the Writers Guild of America’s Ian McClellan Hunter Lifetime Achievement Award. Jersey Boys, his first venture into musical theatre (with co-author Rick Elice) won four Tonys including Best Musical. The Addams Family, his second theatrical venture (also with Rick), ran over 700 performances on Broadway and had national and international tours. Upcoming projects include musicals about Roy Rogers and the 1969 Woodstock Festival.


Rick Elice

(Book)

Rick Elice co-wrote Jersey Boys (winner 2006 Tony Award, 2007 Grammy Award and 2009 Olivier Award for Best Musical) with the great Marshall Brickman. His play, Peter and the Starcatcher, received nine 2012 Tony Award nominations (including two for Rick), won five (more than any play of the season), and is one of the most produced plays in North America. Also on Broadway, Elice wrote The Addams Family (with Marshall Brickman, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa), which also had productions on tour across NorthAmerica and in Europe and South America.   Getting ready for Broadway in the fall of 2018, The Cher Show, directed by Jason Moore.   Heartfelt thanks to those whose work in the theater makes him grateful for the day he was born: Sondheim, Stoppard, Bennett, Prince, Fosse, Robbins, Nichols, Tune, Nunn, Laurents, Stone, Kushner, Taymor, Papp, Schumacher, Schneider, David, Strong, Gaudio, Valli, McAnuff, Trujillo, Seller, Suarez, Moore, Gattelli, Coyne, Brickman, Timbers and, eternally, Roger Rees. Rick thinks about them a lot. He never thought about Jersey much. He does now.


Bob Gaudio

(Composer)

Bob Gaudio Wrote his first hit, “Who Wears Short Shorts,” at 15, for the Royal Teens, and then went on to become a founding member of the Four Seasons and the band’s principal songwriter. He also produced the hit “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” for Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand (Grammy nomination, Record of the Year) as well as six albums for Diamond, including The Jazz Singer. Other producing credits include albums for Frank Sinatra, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and the soundtrack for the film of Little Shop of Horrors. Several songs co-written with Bob Crewe have been cover hits for such artists as the Tremeloes (“Silence Is Golden”), the Walker Brothers (“The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore”) and Lauryn Hill (“Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”). With his wife, Judy Parker, Gaudio produced and co-wrote the Who Loves You album for the Four Seasons and one of Billboard’s longest-charted singles (54 weeks), “Oh, What a Night.” A high point in his career came in 1990 when, as a member of the original Four Seasons, Gaudio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1995, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, which hailed him as “a quintessential music-maker.” To this day, Bob Gaudio and Frankie Valli still maintain their partnership…on a handshake.


Bob Crewe

(Lyricist)

“New York was pregnant in the fifties,” says Bob Crewe, “gestating with possibilities.” Crewe and music partner Frank Slay became independent writer-producers when the category hadn’t yet been invented. In 1957 they wrote and produced “Silhouettes” for The Rays, which skyrocketed to #1. Suddenly, producers in demand, they launched Freddie Cannon’s “Tallahassee Lassie” and Billy & Lillie’s “Lah Dee Da.” Crewe’s 1960’s unprecedented producing success with The Four Seasons birthed a new sound, striking a major chord in American pop. “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Candy Girl,” “Ronnie” – all smashes! When lead Frankie Valli demanded a solo turn, Crewe and Bob Gaudio wrote (and Crewe produced) “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” which eventually became the century’s fifth most-played song. Crewe ran hot with artists from Vicki Carr, Oliver and Lesley Gore to Mitch Ryder, co-writing with Charles Fox the soundtrack for Jane Fonda’s film, “Barbarella.” Then his own Bob Crewe Generation exploded with Music to Watch Girls By. In 1972 Bob was in L.A., where he revived Frankie Valli with “My Eyes Adored You” by Crewe and Kenny Nolan. They also co-wrote Patti LaBelle’s “Lady Marmalade” (#1, July ’75), which was a hit again on the soundtrack of Moulin Rouge (#1, June ’01)…David Ritz


Des McAnuff

(Director)

Des McAnuff is a two-time Tony Award-winning director and former artistic director of the Stratford Festival. He is also Director Emeritus of La Jolla Playhouse, where during his tenure he directed over 35 productions of classics, new plays and musicals. Broadway: Doctor ZhivagoJesus Christ SuperstarGuys and Dolls, Aaron Sorkin’s The Farnsworth InventionJersey Boys (Tony and Olivier Awards: Best Musical), Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays (Tony Award: Best Special Theatrical Event), Dracula the MusicalHow to Succeed…The Who’s Tommy (Tony and Olivier Awards: Best Director), A Walk in the Woods, and Big River(Tony Awards: Best Director, Best Musical). Selected New York: Fetch Clay, Make Man (NYTW). Stratford highlights: A Word or TwoCaesar and CleopatraThe Tempest (all with Christopher Plummer). Opera: Faust (The Met, ENO). Film: Cousin Bette (director), Iron Giant (producer, BAFTA Award) and Quills(executive producer). In 2012, he was awarded Canada’s esteemed Governor General’s National Arts Center Award and the Order of Canada.


Sergio Trujillo

(Choreographer)

Broadway: On Your Feet (Tony Award Nominee/Outer Critics Circle/Astaire Awards), Memphis (Olivier/OCC Award, Drama Desk/Astaire Award nominations), Jersey Boys (Drama Desk/OCC nomination), A Bronx Tale (Chita Award Nomination), Addams FamilyNext to NormalHands on a Hardbody (Drama Desk nomination), Leap of Faith (Drama Desk nomination), Guys and Dolls (Astaire Award nomination), All Shook Up. Director/choreographer: Arrabal (ART), Gloria Estefan On Broadway (Minskoff Theatre), Flashdance (National Tour), White Noise (Royal George Theatre). Other Theatre: Ain’t Too Proud (Berkeley Rep), Invisible Thread (Second Stage/Astaire Award Nomination), Carmen (Olney Theatre/Helen Hayes Nomination), Freaky Friday (Signature Theatre), The Wiz (La Jolla Playhouse). International: Tarzan (Disney), Peggy Sue Got Married (West End), The Sound of Music and West Side Story (Stratford Festival).


Ron Melrose

(Music Supervision, Vocal/ Dance Arrangements and Incidental Music)

Forty-two years of arranging, music direction and supervision, including nineteen Broadway shows and productions spanning the world.  Music Supervisor/Arranger and winner of a Helpmann Award (with Luke Hunter) for music direction on Jersey Boys. Music supervisor of Jersey Boys film, associate producer of Jersey Boys cast and Christmas albums. Music Supervisor/Arranger, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (Broadway), producer of cast album. Music Supervisor/Arranger, A Bronx Tale (Broadway), co-producer of cast album.  Other Broadway highlights:  The Act, Annie, Woman of the Year, The Rink, Smile, Sweet Smell of Success.  As a composer: Fortune (Off-Broadway), The Silver Swan (NEA Fellowship), The Missing Peace (Washington’s Capitol Fringe), Early One Morning and Songs I Won’t Be Singing (liturgical one-woman musicals), two Harvard Hasty Pudding shows, a gospel-based Requiem, songs for “Saturday Night Live” and the novelty single “Disco Clone.” Education: Harvard (Philosophy), Westminster (Choral Conducting). Now Californian.


Luke Hunter

(Musical Director)

Luke was most recently Musical Director for Kinky Boots, and received a Helpmann Nomination. Luke was the Musical Director for the original Australian production of Jersey Boys, for which he received both the Helpmann and Green Room Awards for Best Musical Direction.
Other Musical Direction credits include Adelaide Cabaret Festivals’ Dedications starring John O’Hara The Sound of Music and the Australian tour and Singapore seasons of Grease (Gordon Frost Organisation), The Addams Family, The Rocky Horror Show (Gale Edwards) Beauty and the Beast (Rob Guest Endowment and Melbourne Zoo) Shout!Oh! What a NightLeader of the Pack (Green Room Award – Best Musical Direction), Falsettos, 42nd Street and Eddie Perfect’s Up for the VCA, Floorplay in Atlantic City and Burn the Floor in Las Vegas.
Luke has appeared onstage as Schlomo Metzenbaum in Fame the Musical, both in Australia and overseas, and in the original Australian casts of Shout!and Oh! What a Night.  Luke is a composer, arranger, and the co-creator of the iPhone App Warm Me Up! which provides vocal warm-ups to singers worldwide.

Producers


TEG Dainty

(Producer)

TEG DAINTY was formed when TEG acquired Dainty Group International in 2016. Paul Dainty, President and CEO of TEG Dainty, is a leading promoter of international artists. Paul has been promoting and producing live entertainment across Australasia since the early 1970’s touring some of the world’s biggest acts including: Prince, Katy Perry, Michael Bublé, Bon Jovi, Eminem, Neil Diamond, Miley Cyrus, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, U2, Oprah, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Queen and Adam Lambert, Yusuf/Cat Stevens and Guns N’ Roses. Theatrical productions include Barry Humphries The Man Behind the Mask, Hugh Jackman’s Broadway to Oz, Jersey Boys, Barry Humphries Eat Pray Laugh Australia & the UK, Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye US Tour, Mamma Mia!, Hairspray and Singin’ in the Rain.  In 2017 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). Christopher Green is an Australian based theatre Producer and has been TEG Dainty’s Managing Director & Executive Vice-President since 2007. He has worked in the entertainment industry for over 30 years producing theatre productions and entertainment throughout the world with TEG Dainty, Cameron Mackintosh International, Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, Fox Studios, Bazmark Live, Macquarie Leisure Operations and, IMG Arts & Entertainment.


Rodney Rigby

(Producer)

Rodney Rigby founded Newtheatricals a producing group operating in Australia and on Broadway. Current Broadway: Come From Away (also Toronto, North American tour, London Opening February 2019 and Melbourne, Opening July 2019), Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. Other Broadway: Children Of A Lesser God, Rocky, Catch Me If You Can, Lend Me A Tenor. Off Broadway: David Bryne’s Joan of Arc: Into The Fire and Here Lies Love; Helder Guimarães: Verso. In Australia: Blue Man Group, The Addams Family, Jersey Boys (2009-2013), Rock of Ages, Boeing Boeing, Mum’s the Word 2: Teenagers, Burt Bacharach and the Sydney Symphony, The Woman in Black, Jamie Oliver Live, Bryn Terfel – In Recital, David Campbell – Wild with StyleAnthony Warlow – Under the Stars, Stuff Happens, Leader of the Pack, Lesley Garrett and Anthony Warlow – The Magic of The Music, Via Dolorosa (written and performed by David Hare), La Fura Dels Baus XXX and The Helpmann Awards (2001, 2004 and 2005). Awards include: Live Performance Australia Life Member, six Helpmann Awards including Best Musical 2010 (Jersey Boys) and Best Play 2006 (Stuff Happens), two Sydney Theatre Awards including Best Musical Production (Jersey Boys), eighteen Greenroom Awards and three time Tony Award nominee.


The Dodgers

(Producer)

The Dodgers is a producing partnership hatched at BAM in 1978 by six friends. Migrated to NY Shakespeare Festival, then off and on Broadway. Over 150 productions in North America, London, Europe and Australasia; blessed by Broadway’s Tonys (56), London’s Oliviers, Australia’s Helpmanns. Current Broadway: A Bronx Tale. Other Broadway: Jersey BoysGroundhog DayMatilda42nd StreetUrinetownThe Farnsworth InventionDraculaJesus Christ SuperstarInto the Woods (’87 and ’02), The Music ManTitanicWrong MountainFootlooseMandy PatinkinHigh Society1776…ForumThe King and IThe Who’s Tommy, Ralph Fiennes’ HamletGuys and DollsOnce Upon a MattressHow to Succeed…, Jelly’s Last JamThe Secret GardenPrelude to a KissGospel at ColonusBig RiverPump Boys and Dinettes. The original producers of Jersey Boys, and currently its production Off Broadway and tours in North America, United Kingdom and Australia. Offices in Times Square and London’s Covent Garden. Their president is Michael David.


Joseph J Grano Jnr.

(Producer)

Joseph J. Grano Jnr. is Chairman/ CEO of JJG Family Office.  Mr Grano was Chairman of UBS Financial Services Inc. (formerly PaineWebber). While at PaineWebber, Mr Grano chaired the Board of Governors of the National Association of Security Dealers (NASD). In 2002, Mr Grano was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the Chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council. He proudly served his country as a Captain in the U.S. Special Forces (Green Berets). Due to his commitment to education, Mr Grano received the Corporate Leadership Award from the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund. Other awards include the USO Gold Medal for Distinguished Service and The Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He is also a member of the Council for the United States and Italy, a member of both the City University of New York’s Business Leadership Council.


The Pelican Group

(Producer)

The Pelican Group is a San Diego production company, is enthusiastic about supporting this production of Jersey Boys. The Group, assembled by Ivor and Colette Royston, consists of Todd and Debby Buchholz, Edward and Martha Dennis, Eric and Marsi Gardiner, Cam and Wanda Garner, Richard and Patricia Harmetz, Irwin and Joan Jacobs, Hal and Debby Jacobs, Paul and Stacy Jacobs, Jeff and Deni Jacobs, John and Angie Longenecker, Rao Makineni, Nevins and Margaret McBride, Ray Mirra, Shearn Platt, Edward Richard, Drew and Noni Senyei, Steven Strauss and Lise Wilson. Mr. Royston co-produced the TV film Dreams of Gold: The Mel Fisher Story (w/ Cliff Robertson and Loretta Swit, 1986) and the feature film Soultaker (1990).


Michael Watt

(Producer)

Michael Watt, one of the original producers and stakeholder from the beginning of Jersey Boys. Current productions include Evita and Matilda. Michael was awarded a Tony for the Broadway production of Annie Get Your Gun, an OMZ for philanthropy and is co-owner of Ronnie Scott’s London with Sally Green OBE.