Classic tale comes to life

Since its 2005 premiere in New York, the musical Jersey Boys has won 57 major awards worldwide, including Tony Awards for Best Musical. [Photo Provided to China Daily]

From Nov 9 to Jan 13, the Jersey Boys, a hit musical, will tour China visiting Shanghai, Guangzhou and Beijing.

“It’s a classic American story. It’s rags to riches, and back to rags.” American screenwriter and director Marshall Brickman said this about four young men from New Jersey, who rose from obscurity and troubled early lives to become an internationally celebrated group known as Four Seasons.

Four Seasons, the American poprock group, which achieved success in the 1960s for its hits, including Sherry, Walk Like A Man, Rag Doll, and Can’t Take My Eyes Off, comprised Frankie Valli, the pop singer, famed for his falsetto; keyboardist and vocalist Bob Gaudio; guitarist and vocalist Tommy DeVito and bassist and bass vocalist Nick Massi.

Their story was adapted into a musical, titled Jersey Boys, co-written by Brickman.

And since its 2005 premiere in New York, the musical has won 57 major awards worldwide, including Tony Awards for Best Musical, the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical, and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.

In 2014, a film based on the musical, Jersey Boys, also written by Brickman, was directed by Clint Eastwood.

After its long run on Broadway from 2005 to 2017 and at West End from 2008 to 2017, Jersey Boys, is now doing an international tour, organized by its production company Selladoor Worldwide.



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