Oh, What a Night! Muny’s Jersey Boys finds Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
ST. LOUIS (April 20, 2018) – After its acclaimed Broadway, touring and international productions, The Muny will be the first theatre in the world to create its own production of Jersey Boys. The Muny announced today the iconic leading quartet will star Emmy-nominated Mark Ballas as Frankie Valli, Bobby Conte Thornton as Bob Gaudio, Nicolas Dromard as Tommy DeVito and Keith Hines as Nick Massi. The fourth production in the theatre’s centennial season, Jersey Boys runs July 9 - 16. Jersey Boys is directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes with music direction by Rick Bertone. Jersey Boys is proudly sponsored by BMO Harris Bank.
“This in an absolutely sensational quartet,” said Muny artistic director and executive producer Mike Isaacson. “We’re so honored to have this show for our 100th, and I can’t wait to see these four bring the magic and truth of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons to The Muny.”
MARK BALLAS (Frankie Valli) has captivated audiences on ABC's Dancing with the Stars for 19 seasons, making Ballas a two-time champion, 10-time finalist and 2011 Emmy nominee for his work on the show. Ballas made his Broadway debut in the final cast of Jersey Boys playing Frankie Valli. Additional theatre credits include Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Copacabana (Tony), Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and more. Choreography credits include Pepsi's Super Bowl commercial starring Sofia Vergara and the Oscar commercial for Shonda Rhimes' The Catch. Ballas is also half of music duo Alexander Jean, alongside his wife BC Jean. Their music has over 7 million Spotify streams and several number one hits. Training: The Italia Conti Performing Arts School, London. @MarkBallas @_alexanderjean
BOBBY CONTE THORNTON (Bob Gaudio) made his Muny debut in 2013 as Enjolras in Les Misérables and is humbled to take part in this centennial season. Broadway: A Bronx Tale (directors Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks). Other New York theatre: My Fair Lady (Bay Street Theater), Starting Here, Starting Now (York Theatre Company). Regional: all-male A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Two River Theater), Ken Ludwig's A Comedy of Tenors (McCarter Theatre Center/Cleveland Play House, world premiere), Grease (Paper Mill Playhouse). Film/TV: If Beale Street Could Talk, Madam Secretary, The Code (pilot). Training: BFA, University of Michigan; Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
NICOLAS DROMARD (Tommy DeVito) has been singing, dancing and acting all over the world from Broadway to Norway for the last 20 years! He was last seen in the off-Broadway production of Jersey Boys as Tommy DeVito. Other favorite credits include: Mary Poppins (Bert), Wicked (Fiyero), 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor), White Christmas (Phil Davis), Gypsy (Tulsa), Hairspray, Mamma Mia!; Oklahoma!; West Side Story and The Boy from Oz. For more, visit www.nicolasdromard.com
KEITH HINES (Nick Massi) Off-Broadway credits: Cougar the Musical (Buck), Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man (Stefan). National tour: Jersey Boys (Nick Massi). Other credits include: Les Misérables (Enjolras) and Urban Cowboy (Bud, West Virginia Public Theatre), Camelot (Lancelot) and 1776 (Thomas Jefferson, Pittsburgh Public Theater) and The Crucible (John Proctor, New Ohio Theatre). Master’s Degree in Music, Oklahoma City University and acting at Jayd McCarty’s The Studio/New York. For more, follow on Instagram @keithhinesjr
ABOUT THE SHOW:
Jersey Boys has a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe.
The international sensation arrives at The Muny in style! Jersey Boys, winner of the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical, is the authentic biographic story of the magic behind the music of worldwide megahit group, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Featuring over 30 chart-topping hits, including fan favorites “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” this Muny premiere is almost too good to be true, and will leave audiences saying, “Oh, What a Night!”
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