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Résumé

The story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons – Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi – and how this group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American and International 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. Their songs include 'Sherry', 'Walk Like A Man', 'December, 1963 (Oh What a Night)', 'Big Girls Donít Cry', 'My Eyes Adored You', 'Let'ís Hang On (To What Weíve 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'.

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Particularités

1 Jersey Boys peut-être considéré comme un juke-box musical autour de la musique de The Four Seasons

 

Historique du musical

Génèse du musical

Development
After the success of Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story and Mamma Mia!, Bob Gaudio, an original The Four Seasons member, and producer Bob Crewe, sought to make a similar jukebox musical from the discography of The Four Seasons. They hired book writers Rick Elice and Marshall Brickman, and director Des McAnuff. McAnuff suggested creating a show about the band's history, instead of repurposing their songs for an independent story the way ABBA did with Mamma Mia!. Brickman was drawn to the project because: "It's a classic American story. It's rags to riches, and back to rags."
Little was known to the public about the group's history prior to the premiere of the musical, because the magazines of the era didn't write about them much. In their research, Brickman and Elice were surprised to find that the members had prison records, which might have prevented their music from being played if it had been publicized when they were active. According to Gaudio, "Back then, things were a little clean-cut, don't forget, so the idea of our story getting out was horrifying to us." Other bands of the time projected street-tough images, but The Four Seasons cleaned themselves up in order to be palatable for mainstream listeners.

Brickman and Elice also used material from interviews with surviving Four Seasons members Gaudio, Frankie Valli and Tommy DeVito. Brickman noted that each member had their own perspective on what happened during their tenure as a group. Of the three, they approached DeVito last, who told them, "Don't listen to those guys. I'll tell you what really happened." Elice said that getting DeVito version's was a "eureka moment" and the contradiction in their stories ended up being incorporated in the musical for a Rashomon effect. The writers were also contacted by family members of the late mob boss Gyp DeCarlo to ensure that he would be portrayed respectfully.

Although Gaudio was part of the initial development team, he wasn't involved in the creative process during tryouts, and only met the cast once the show had premiered. Gaudio, Valli and DeVito had decided to step back from the show's creative process because they lacked objectivity, and they left it to Brickman, Elice and McAnuff to take the story to the stage. However, Gaudio and Valli still had final say on whether to end the show if they didn't like it.

Productions
Jersey Boys premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse at University of California, San Diego, in an out-of-town tryout on October 5, 2004 and ran through January 16, 2005 Christian Hoff, David Norona, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer played The Four Seasons. At the end of the tryout, Norona, who originated the role of Frankie Valli, had to be replaced because his voice blew out. John Lloyd Young, who had originally auditioned for the role of Tommy DeVito, got the part.

The musical began previews on Broadway on October 4, 2005 and officially opened on November 6, 2005 at the August Wilson Theatre. The cast starred John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli, Christian Hoff as Tommy DeVito, Daniel Reichard as Bob Gaudio, and J. Robert Spencer as Nick Massi. The musical is directed by Des McAnuff, the then-artistic director at La Jolla Playhouse, with choreography by Sergio Trujillo. The Broadway production had 38 previews and is still running. It reached its 3000th performance on February 7, 2013, making it the 18th longest-running show on Broadway.
The first national tour of the musical began on December 10, 2006, at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco and went on to play in 38 cities. Jersey Boys recently played at the Forrest Theatre in Philadelphia where it broke the box office record 8 times before moving on to a return engagement in Boston.

In May 2007, while the first national tour continued, a second company (including Steve Gouveia from the original Broadway cast as Nick Massi) debuted at the Curran and ended as an open-ended run at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre, beginning on October 5, 2007. The Chicago cast appeared on stage in the 2007 Emmy Awards in a tribute to HBO's The Sopranos. A special holiday return engagement played at the Curran Theatre from November 20 – December 30, 2007, starring Rick Faugno as Frankie Valli, Andrew Rannells as Bob Gaudio, Bryan McElroy as Tommy DeVito and Jeff Leibow as Nick Massi. The majority of this cast became the original Las Vegas cast, which debuted at The Palazzo Hotel on Sunday, May 3, 2009, in the newly-built Jersey Boys Theatre. The show temporarily closed on January 1, 2012 and reopened on March 6, 2012 at Paris Las Vegas.

The musical made its West End debut at London's Prince Edward Theatre in February 2008. The creative team were the same that brought the production to Broadway. Principal cast were Ryan Molloy as Frankie Valli, Stephen Ashfield as Bob Gaudio, Glenn Carter as Tommy DeVito, Stuart Milligan as DeCarlo and Tom Lorcan as Donnie/Knuckles. The production won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

The Australian production opened at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne on July 4, 2009. Principal cast members were Bobby Fox as Frankie Valli , Stephen Mahy as Bob Gaudio, Scott Johnson as Tommy DeVito and Glaston Toft as Nick Massi. The Melbourne production closed on July 25, 2010 and the Sydney production opened in September 2010 with the same principal cast. The Sydney production closed in 18 December, 2011 and the show opened in Auckland in April 2012, running through June 17, 2012.

Due to the success of the national tour's long stop at Toronto Centre for the Arts in Toronto, Ontario in autumn 2008, a Toronto production opened on December 12, 2008 with a new, mostly Canadian cast that included Jeremy Kushnier and Jenny Lee Stern from the first national tour. This production closed on August 22, 2010, on the show's second anniversary.

An international tour with an all South African cast ran in Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands resort from November 23, 2012 to January 27, 2013. The production is scheduled to open in Johannesburg, South Africa at the Teatro at Montecasino from April 3, 2013 and at Artscape Cape Town from June 19, 2013.

 

Détails

Liste des chansons

Act I
"Ces Soirées-Là (Oh What a Night) - Paris, 2000" – French Rap Star Yannick and Backup Group
"Silhouettes" – Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi, Nick DeVito and Frankie Castelluccio
"You're the Apple of My Eye" – Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi and Nick DeVito
"I Can't Give You Anything But Love" – Frankie Castelluccio
"Earth Angel" – Tommy DeVito and Full Company
"Sunday Kind of Love" – Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi and Nick's Date
"My Mother's Eyes" – Frankie Valli
"I Go Ape" – The Four Lovers
"(Who Wears) Short Shorts" – The Royal Teens
"I'm in the Mood for Love" / "Moody's Mood for Love" – Frankie Valli
"Cry for Me" – Bob Gaudio, Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi
"An Angel Cried" – Hal Miller and The Rays
"I Still Care" – Miss Frankie Nolan and The Romans
"Trance" – Billy Dixon and The Topix
"Sherry" – The Four Seasons
"Big Girls Don't Cry" – The Four Seasons
"Walk Like a Man" – The Four Seasons
"December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)" – Bob Gaudio and Full Company
"My Boyfriend's Back" – The Angels
"My Eyes Adored You" – Frankie Valli, Mary Delgado and The Four Seasons
"Dawn (Go Away)" – The Four Seasons
"Walk Like a Man" (reprise) – Full Company

Act II
"Big Man in Town" – The Four Seasons
"Beggin'" – The Four Seasons
"Stay" – Bob Gaudio, Frankie Valli and Nick Massi
"Let's Hang On! (To What We've Got)" – Bob Gaudio and Frankie Valli
"Opus 17 (Don't You Worry 'Bout Me)" – Bob Gaudio, Frankie Valli and The New Seasons
"Bye Bye Baby" – Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
"C'mon Marianne" – Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
"Can't Take My Eyes Off You" – Frankie Valli
"Working My Way Back to You" – Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
"Fallen Angel" – Frankie Valli
"Rag Doll" – The Four Seasons
"Who Loves You" – The Four Seasons and Full Company

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Versions du musical

Versions majeures de Jersey Boys

Version 1

Jersey Boys (2005-11-August Wilson Theatre-Broadway) (Original)
Durée : 11 ans 2 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 38 previews -
Première Preview : mardi 04 octobre 2005
Première : dimanche 06 novembre 2005
Dernière : dimanche 15 janvier 2017
Mise en scène : Des McAnuff
Chorégraphie : Sergio Trujillo
Avec : J. Robert Spencer (Nick Massi), Christian Hoff (Tommy DeVito), Daniel Reichard (Bob Gaudio), John Lloyd Young (Frankie Valli), Peter Gregus (Bob Crewe), Mark Lotito (Gyp DeCarlo), Donnie Kehr (Norm Waxman), Jennifer Naimo (Mary Delgado), Tituss Burgess (Hal Miller), Erica Piccininni (Lorraine), Michael Longoria (Joey), Steve Gouveia (Hank Majewski), Sara Schmidt (Francine)
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Version 2

Jersey Boys (2006-12-US Tour-US) (US Tour)
Durée : 2 ans 6 mois 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : Inconnu
Première : vendredi 01 décembre 2006
Dernière : dimanche 21 juin 2009
Mise en scène : Des McAnuff
Chorégraphie : Sergio Trujillo
Avec :
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Version 3

Jersey Boys (2008-02-London Run) (Revival)
Durée : 9 ans 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : jeudi 28 février 2008
Première : mardi 18 mars 2008
Dernière : dimanche 26 mars 2017
Mise en scène : Des McAnuff
Chorégraphie : Sergio Trujillo
Avec : Ryan Molloy ( Frankie Valli ), Stephen Ashfield (Bob Gaudio), Philip Bulcock (Nick Massi), Glenn Carter ( Tommy de Vito ), Simon Adkins (Bob Crewe), Suzy Bastone (Mary Delgado), Jye Frasca (Joe Pesci), Michelle Francis, Tee Jaye, Tom Lorcan.
Commentaires :
This turned out to be much more than a jukebox musical, and was superbly directed as a kind of show-business documentary saga moving across the decades and also providing concert-style performance interludes of some of the best-loved songs of the era. It opened on Broadway in November 2005 and won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The London production was re-created by the New York team, and won an Olivier as the Best New Musical of 2008.
18/3/2008 - 9/3/2014: Pricne Edward - London
12/3/2014 - 26/3/2017 : Piccadilly Theatre - London
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Version 4

Jersey Boys (2008-04-Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino-Las Vegas) (Revival)
Durée : Se joue actuellement
Nombre :
Première Preview : vendredi 04 avril 2008
Première : samedi 03 mai 2008
Dernière : Open end, ouvert actuellement jusqu'au mar 01 janvier 2999
Mise en scène : Des McAnuff
Chorégraphie : Sergio Trujillo
Avec :
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Version 5

Jersey Boys (2013-09-Beatrix Theater-Utrecht) (Revival)
Durée : 10 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : dimanche 22 septembre 2013
Première : dimanche 22 septembre 2013
Dernière : dimanche 27 juillet 2014
Mise en scène : Des McAnuff
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Frankie Valli: Tim Driesen, Maarten Smeele (alternate), Martijn Vogel (understudy), Jurre Geluk (understudy) / Tommy DeVito: René van Kooten, Stefan de Kogel (understudy), Roman van der Werff (understudy) / Bob Gaudio: Dieter Spileers, Stephan Mooijman (understudy), Kelvin Wormgoor (understudy) / Nick Massi: Robbert van den Bergh, Mathijs Pater (understudy), Rick McDonald (understudy) / Gyp DeCarlo: Hugo Haenen, Rick McDonald (understudy), Kelvin Wormgoor (understudy) / Bob Crewe: Barry Beijer, Mathijs Pater (understudy), Kelvin Wormgoor (understudy) / Joe Pesci: Martijn Vogel / Hank Majewski: Stephan Mooijman / Norm Waxman: Mathijs Pater / Barry Belson: Omri Tindalc / Knuckles: Stefan de Kogel / Lorraine: Willemijn de Vries / Mary Delgado: Lysanne van der Sijs / Francine: Myrthe Maljers / Ensemble: Martijn Vogel, Stephan Mooijman, Mathijs Pater (Dance Captain), Omri Tindalc, Stefan de Kogel, Willemijn de Vries, Lysanne van der Sijs, Myrthe Maljers / Swing: Marjolein van Haren, Marleen de Vries, Jurre Geluk, Kelvin Wormgoor, Roman van der Werff
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Version 6

Jersey Boys (2016-09-Folies Bergères (Les)-Paris) (Revival)
Durée : 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : vendredi 30 septembre 2016
Première : vendredi 30 septembre 2016
Dernière : vendredi 14 octobre 2016
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Alex Mastromarino (Frankie Valli), Flavio Gismondi (Bob Gaudio), Marco Stabile (Tommy de Vito), Claudio Zanelli (Nick Massi), Brian Boccuni (Bob Crewe), Elena Nieri (Swing), Felice Casciano (Gyp Decarlo), Giuseppe Orsillo (Swing), Giada d’Auria (Francine), Roberto Lai (Swing), Alice Mistroni (Mary Delgado), Pasquale Girone (Swing), Massimo Francese (Barry), Giulio Pangi (Joe Pesci), Gloria Miele (Lorraine)
Commentaires :
Point d’adaptation française mais point de version originale non plus car c’est en italien surtitré en français que le spectacle sera joué. Les chansons elles, resteront en anglais. La raison du choix de la langue est bien simple : c’est la troupe italienne et donc la production milanaise Teatro Nuovo qui délocalisera ses activités dans la capitale. Et si ce nom ne vous dit pas grand chose, sachez que son directeur, Lorenzo Vitali avait déjà produit il y a quelques années plusieurs adaptations françaises telles que Shrek, Fame, Hairspray…
Ces dernières avaient souvent été critiquées pour leur manque de moyens et parfois de qualité.
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