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Preview: Jersey Boys at London Piccadilly Theatre

Sunderland born Gary Watson takes on the role of Nick Massi, playing Nick Massi, as the smash hit musical Jersey Boys celebrates its 7th London birthday on 18 March. 

Gary Watson’s theatre credits include Norman in Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be (Theatre Royal, Stratford East), Don in A Chorus Line (London Palladium), G.K. Chesterton in Finding Neverland (Curve, Leicester), Rudolpho in Matilda The Musical (Cambridge Theatre/RSC), and Marius in Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre).  His screen work includes Victoria Wood’s That Day We Sang (BBC) and the film Cinderelladirected by Kenneth Branagh.

Gary will be starring alongside Michael Watson as Frankie Valli, Edd Post as Bob Gaudio and Jon Boydon as Tommy DeVito.  Sandy Moffat plays the role of Frankie Valli at certain performances.

Also joining the cast of Jersey Boys in London on 10 March will be Simon Adkins (the original Bob Crewe in London), Matthew Cutts, Stuart Dawes, Nicky Griffiths, Joseph Peters, Chris Stoddart and Helen Ternent.  They will be joining Nicola Brazil, Lucinda Gill, Thomas Goodridge, Matthew Hunt, Mark Isherwood, Charlotte Jeffery, Ben Jennings, Matt Thorpe and Ben Wheeler.

Jersey Boys opened in London at the Prince Edward Theatre in 2008 and moved to the Piccadilly Theatre in March 2014.  The musical has now been seen by over 20 million people worldwide and is firmly established as one of the West End's longest running and most popular shows.  The show is also currently touring the United Kingdom and Ireland for the first time and has recently celebrated a record-breaking Christmas season at the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham.

Jersey Boys is 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, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and sold 175 million records worldwide, all before they turned 30.  The show is packed with their hits, including Beggin’, Sherry, Walk Like A Man, December, 1963 (Oh What a Night), Big Girls Don’t Cry, My Eyes Adored You, Let’s Hang On (To What We’ve Got), Bye Bye Baby, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Working My Way Back to You, Fallen Angel, Rag Doll and Who Loves You.

Winner of Broadway’s Tony, London’s Olivier and Australia’s Helpmann Awards for Best New Musical, Jersey Boys is the winner of 55 major awards worldwide.  As well as still running on Broadway and in the West End, and on tour in the UK and Ireland, Jersey Boys can be seen in Las Vegas and across the United States on its US National Tour.

Jersey Boys is written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe.  The London production is staged by the entire original Broadway creative team, led by director Des McAnuff and choreographer Sergio Trujillo, with scenic design by Klara Zieglerova, costume design by Jess Goldstein, lighting by Howell Binkley, sound by Steve Canyon Kennedy and projection design by Michael Clark.  The orchestrations are by Steve Orich and the music supervision and vocal arrangements by Ron Melrose.           

Jersey Boys is produced in London by the Dodgers, with Joseph J. Grano, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group, in association with Latitude Link, Rick Steiner, and a small clutch of UK colleagues.

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Jersey Boys appears at Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, London W1D 7DY
Performances:  Tuesdays – Saturdays at 7.30pm, Tuesday & Saturday matinees at 3.00pm, Sundays at 5.00pm
Current booking period to 25 October 2015
Tickets:  £24.50-£67.50
Box Office:  0844 871 7630

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