Rehearsals will soon get underway for the upcoming Gold Coast production of Jersey Boys, which will hit the stage at The Star Gold Coast from January 6, 2022.
The hit musical tells the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, and features all their hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What A Night,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back To You.”
Director Thomas Armstrong – Robley, who will also play the charismatic Tommy DeVito in the show, told myGC the cast is incredible.
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“Everyone comes from South East Queensland, we are very proud of that, and with the exception of myself, the Four Seasons are all Gold Coast based,” he said.
Surfers Paradise’s Bryn Jenke will star as Frankie Valli, Main Beach’s Elliot Baker will play quiet bassist Nick Massi and Broadbeach’s Jack Saunders will take on the role of hit song writer Bob Gaudio.
“With the cast, we’ve done a few preliminary music calls and have pretty much sung through the show, but we don’t actually kick off full-time rehearsals until the 6th of December. That’s when things really ramp up from an on-stage perspective,” Mr Armstrong – Robley told myGC.
“It’s a huge show, there’s 33 scenes in Act 1 and 18 in Act 2, so it’s a lot of music and it’s really fast paced.
“The whole thing gets put together in about 3 weeks. We have two weeks before Christmas to teach the show, and then we have a week after Christmas before New Year’s to finesse it, and then a week in the theatre to put it all together.
Mr Armstrong – Robley told myGC Gold Coasters can expect a “fresh take” of the musical.
“Jersey Boys is a really popular and beloved show, so the approach we are taking is slightly different to that of the production that you would have seen at QPAC or in Melbourne,” he said.
“This is a redesign, it is a reinterpretation. It’s the same amazing script, it’s the same incredible songs, but the cast is new. The band is actually bigger than the Broadway production too, previous productions have 9 and we have 10, which just gives an extra layer of musical depth.”