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The 2006 Best Musical Tony® Award winning sensation JERSEY BOYS, The story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, opened to critical and popular acclaim at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway on November 6, 2005 (previews began October 4, 2005).  JERSEY BOYS is written by Academy Award-winner Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, and is directed by two-time Tony® Award-winner Des McAnuff and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo.

  • JERSEY BOYS on Broadway has received the following awards:
    • 4 Tony Awards® including Best Musical
    • 2 Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Musical
    • 2 Drama League Awards including Best Musical, and the Julia Hansen Award for Excellence in Directing for Des McAnuff
  • JERSEY BOYS Original Cast Recording received a 2006 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Show Album.  The album has remained in the Top Three of Billboard’s Broadway Albums Chart every week since it went on sale in 2005.  The Cast Recording has been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
  • JERSEY BOYS is among the top weekly grossing shows on Broadway, even with one of the lower seating capacities for a musical theater.
  • JERSEY BOYS has been one of the hottest tickets on Broadway since it opened, maintaining one of the highest average ticket prices of any show for the last seven years.
  • JERSEY BOYS has been seen by over 17.5 million people worldwide, as of March 2013.
  • JERSEY BOYS has set the August Wilson Theatre box office record 30 times.
  • JERSEY BOYS became the longest running show at the August Wilson Theatre (formerly the Virginia Theatre and Guild Theatre) on October 13, 2010.
  • JERSEY BOYS is the 18th longest running Broadway show, recently passing Hello Dolly!, Avenue Q, The Producers, Hairspray, My Fair Lady and Oklahoma.
  • JERSEY BOYSplayed its 3,000 performances on February 7, 2013.
  • JERSEY BOYS became the longest running show in a Jujamcyn Theatre on November 29, 2011.
  • JERSEY BOYS celebrated 5 years on Broadway on November 6, 2010 with the Empire State Building shining JERSEY BOYS colors in white, red and yellow (from bottom to top as seen from the street), a ceremony renaming 52nd Street in front of the August Wilson Theatre “JERSEY BOYS WALK,” and a proclamation from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg that Sunday, November 7, 2010 was to forever be known as “JERSEY BOYS DAY” in the city of New York.  Also, Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Rick Elice and Marshall Brickman were honored with the theatrical tradition of caricatures at Sardi’s Restaurant.
  • JERSEY BOYS in San Francisco broke the Curran Theatre box office record previously held by The Phantom of the Opera, and went on to break their own record once more during the run.
  • JERSEY BOYS, which closed in San Francisco, CA after a successful engagement, returned to the Curran Theatre for a special holiday engagement from November 20 to December 30, 2007. This engagement of JERSEY BOYSwon the San Francisco Bay Theater Critics Circle Award for Best Touring Production.  The Mayors Office of San Francisco proclaimed Monday, September 24, 2007 as “JERSEY BOYS DAY” in San Francisco in honor of the good works and the cultural life that JERSEY BOYS brought to San Francisco.
  • JERSEY BOYS in Los Angeles, CA broke the Ahmanson Theatre box office record previously held by Bas Luhrman’s La Boheme in 2004, and went on to break their own record another 4 times.  JERSEY BOYS in Los Angeles won two BackStage West Garland Awards, including Christopher Kale Jones for Lead Performance and Ron Melrose for Music Direction.  JERSEY BOYS received the 2007 LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Best Touring Production.
  • JERSEY BOYS in San Diego won the 2007 San Diego Theatre Critics Circle’s Craig Noel Award for Best Touring Production.
  • JERSEY BOYS in Sacramento, CA broke the Community Center Theater box office record that was previously held by The Lion King in 2005.
  • JERSEY BOYS in Tempe, AZ broke the Gammage Theatre box office record that was previously held by The Phantom of the Opera in 2005.
  • JERSEY BOYS in Costa Mesa, CA broke the OCPAC box office record that was previously held by Wicked.
  • JERSEY BOYS in Seattle, WA broke the 5th Avenue Theatre box office record that was previously held by West Side Story, and went on to break it 4 more times.
  • JERSEY BOYS’ National Tour raised $327,404.00, the most money of any Broadway or Touring production in the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’s 2007 Gypsy of the Year competition and raised $236,844.00, the most money of any Broadway or Touring production in the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS 2007 Easter Bonnet competition.   In the last three and a half years, the company has raised over $1.2 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.  JERSEY BOYS was the top fundraiser of the 2010 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS “Gypsy of the Year” competition, raising $285,398.00, more than any other show on or off Broadway, or on the road.
  • JERSEY BOYS in Tampa, FL broke the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center box office record that was previously held by Wicked and went on to break it four more times.  JERSEY BOYS also set a new attendance record for Carol Morsani Hall.
  • JERSEY BOYS in Minneapolis, MN broke the Orpheum Theater box office record twice.
  • JERSEY BOYS in St. Louis, MO celebrated the Tour’s highest-grossing week to date.
  • JERSEY BOYS in Cleveland, OH broke the Playhouse Square Theatre's box office record that was previously held by Wicked and went on to set a worldwide production box office record, shattering all records set by the production in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, London and other tour cities.
  • JERSEY BOYS in Denver, CO broke the box office record for a touring Broadway show at the Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex and went on to set a new worldwide production box office record.
  • JERSEY BOYS in Harford, CT broke the Bushnell Theatre’s box office record that was previously held by Wicked and went on to break its own record.
  • JERSEY BOYS in Fort Lauderdale broke the Broward Center for the Performing Arts’ box office record that was previously held by Wicked.
  • JERSEY BOYS in Boston broke the Shubert Theatre’s box office record that was previously held by Riverdance.  A return visit to Boston, at the Colonial Theatre, broke the box office record that was previously held by The Producers and went on to break its own record two more times.
  • JERSEY BOYS in Washington, DC broke the National Theatre’s box office record that was previously held by Spamalot and went on to break its own record three more times.
  • JERSEY BOYS in Fort Myers, FL broke the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall’s box office record that was previously held by Wicked and went on to break its own record.
  • JERSEY BOYS in West Palm Beach, FL broke the Kravitz Center’s box office record that was previously held by South Pacific and went on to break its own record two more times.
  • JERSEY BOYS in Charlotte, NC broke the Belk Theatre’s box office record that was previously held by The Color Purple and went on to break its own record two more times.
  • JERSEY BOYS in Philadelphia, PA broke the Forrest Theatre’s box office record that was previously held by The Phantom of the Opera and went on to break its own record seven more times.
  • JERSEY BOYS in Chicago, IL broke the LaSalle Bank Theatre (now the renamed Bank of America Theatre) box office record that was previously held by the world-premiere of Monty Python’s Spamalot in 2005, and went on to break their own record another 3 times.  The Chicago Company raised $255,000.00, the most money of any Touring production for the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS 2008 Easter Bonnet competition; and raised $293,673.00, the second highest amount of any Touring production, for the BC/EFA 2008 Gypsy of the Year competition.  They also raised $30,000.00 for the AIDS walk in San Francisco.  The Chicago Company of JERSEY BOYS said "Bye, Bye Baby" to the Windy City on January 10, 2010, after playing 951 performances to over 1.3 million people.
  • JERSEY BOYS opened to rave reviews in London’s West End on March 18, 2008 at the Prince Edward Theatre (previews began February 28) and won the Olivier Award, UK People’s Choice Award, and the What’s on Stage Award for Best New Musical. In March 2012, the London production celebrated its fourth anniversary.
  • JERSEY BOYS opened to rave reviews at a brand-new, built-to-suit theatre at the Palazzo Resort-Hotel-Casino on May 3, 2008 (previews began April 4).  The Las Vegas Review-Journal rated it the “Number 1 Best Show in Las Vegas for 2008.”  The show was voted “Best Show” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal again in the 2009 and 2011 Best of Las Vegas Awards.  In May 2010 JERSEY BOYS won the “Best Production Show” category from the Las Vegas Weekly’s Annual 2010 Vegas’ Best.  In May 2012, the Las Vegas production celebrated its fourth anniversary. On January 1, 2012 the production closed down at the Palazzo Resort to resume performances at the Paris Resort on March 6, 2012, where it is currently playing.
  • JERSEY BOYS in Toronto, Canada announced on October 27, 2008 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts and went on to win three 2009 Dora Awards and the coveted Audience Choice Award.  The hit musical was the longest-running musical in the history of the Toronto Centre for the Arts.  After two years on stage and more than one million customers, the Toronto production closed on Sunday, August 22, 2010, their second anniversary.
  • JERSEY BOYS opened to rave reviews in Melbourne, Australia, on July 4, 2009 and went on to break the box office record twice. The production won two 2010 Helpmann Awards, including Best Musical.  The production moved to the Theatre Royal in Sydney, opening to rave reviews on September 18, 2010.  The production won two 2011 Sydney Theatre Awards, including Best Musical. December 18, 2011 was the final performance of Jersey Boys in Sydney, moving to Auckland, New Zealand for an April, 2012 launch. 
  • JERSEY BOYS launched the Second National Tour on December 9, 2011 in Philadelphia, PA at the Forrest Theatre.
  • JERSEY BOYS opened at The Civic in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday, April 14, 2012 to rave reviews. The limited run concluded on June 17, 2012, moving on to Brisbane, Australia in July, 2012.
  • JERSEY BOYS opened in Singapore in November of 2012 at the Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands, closing on January 27, 2013 to move to South Africa.
  • JERSEY BOYS opened in Johannesburg, South Africa on April 7, 2013.
  • JERSEY BOYS opened in Perth, Australia on April 18, 2013.
  • JERSEY BOYS has won 54 major awards worldwide.
  • JERSEY BOYS is the first time the behind-the-scenes story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons has ever been told.
  • JERSEY BOYS features 20 Four Seasons songs, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Oh, What a Night.”
  • The official behind-the-scenes companion book, JERSEY BOYS: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, was released by Broadway Books on October 16, 2007. 

 

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  • “Standing ovations are a dime a dozen in the theater these days, though not many shows can boast of setting one off midway through the second act.”
    Los Angeles Times

  • “A perfect storm of a musical!" A first-rate piece of Americana as well as a backstage musical that shines with intelligence
    The Hollywood Reporter
     

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