Declan Egan, Matt Corner, Simon Bailey and Matt Hunt in “Jersey Boys”
Jersey Boys is coming back to London. As previously announced, the Tony and Olivier-winning musical will christen the opening at the new Trafalgar Theatre (formerly known as Trafalgar Studios). Originally scheduled to begin in April 2020, the production will now begin performances on July 28 ahead of an opening night on August 10. Casting is to be announced.
Jersey Boys is a musical biography of the Four Seasons’ rise, tough times, personal clashes and ultimate triumph as a group of friends whose music became symbolic of a generation. In addition to following the quartet’s coming of age as performers, the core of the show is how an allegiance to a code of honor learned in the streets of their native New Jersey got them through a multitude of challenges: gambling debts, Mafia threats and family disasters. Jersey Boys is a glimpse at the people behind a sound that has managed to endure for over four decades in the hearts of the public. It includes popular hits like “Walk Like a Man,” “December 1963 (Oh What a Night)” and many more.
Written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe, Jersey Boys opened on Broadway on November 6, 2005. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical and ran for over 11 years. The show first ran in London’s West End from March 18, 2008 until March 26, 2017. The show returned to New York with an off-Broadway production that was playing at New World Stages at the time theaters were shut down due to the coronavirus crisis.