A number of extra venues have been added to the second UK and Ireland tour of the hit show Jersey Boys which is due to begin at Birmingham’s New Alexandra Theatre on 16 December.
The newly announced 2018 dates are Theatre Royal Plymouth (17-28 April), Nottingham Royal Concert Hall (9-19 May), Bradford Alhambra Theatre (22 May-2 June), Norwich Theatre Royal (5-16 June), Sheffield Lyceum Theatre (19-30 June), Aylesbury Waterside Theatre (3-14 July), Cliffs Pavilion, Southend (17-28 July), Newcastle Theatre Royal (31 July-11 August), His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen (14-25 August), Wolverhampton Grand Theatre (28 August-8 September) and Belfast Grand Opera House (11-22 September).
Staged by the entire original Broadway creative team led by director Des McAnuff and choreographer Sergio Trujillo, the touring version of the multi award-winning show will play Birmingham until 6 January 2018.
Following on from the success of the show’s debut tour which ended in March last year, the new tour dates follow on from the previously confirmed Liverpool Empire (9-20 January), Milton Keynes Theatre (23 January-3 February), Stoke Regent Theatre (6-17 February), Hull New Theatre (20 February-3 March), Sunderland Empire (20-31 March) and Glasgow King’s Theatre (3-14 April).
The true rags to riches story of New Jersey’s Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Jersey Boys first opened in London at the Prince Edward Theatre on 18 March 2008 and moved to the Piccadilly Theatre in March 2014. The Olivier Award-winning West End production closed in March this year. The first UK and Ireland tour was a record-breaking success and ran for 18 months, from 4 September 2014 to 5 March 2016.
Written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe, the production’s original Broadway creative line-up includes scenic design by Klara Zieglerova, costume design by Jess Goldstein, lighting by Howell Binkley, sound by Steve Canyon Kennedy and projection design by Michael Clark. The orchestrations are by Steve Orich and the music supervision and vocal arrangements by Ron Melrose.
Winner of Tony, Olivier and Helpmann Awards for Best New Musical, Jersey Boys has won 57 major international awards and has been seen by more than 24 million people worldwide. Jersey Boys can currently be seen across the United States on its national tour. The Broadway production closed on 15 January 2017 as the 12th longest-running show in Broadway history.
The UK & Ireland tour of Jersey Boys is produced by Dodger Theatricals and Ambassador Theatre Group, with Joseph J Grano, Pelican Group, Latitute Link and Rick Steiner.