Selladoor Worldwide will tour a brand new production of Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning musical Jersey Boys this autumn.
The show embarks on an international tour opening at Dubai Opera in October before moving on to China’s Shanghai Daning Theatre, The Jiangsu Centre For The Performing Arts, Guangzhou Opera House and Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Centre, with further international venues to be announced.
The tour of Jersey Boys marks Selladoor Worldwide’s first solely international tour following visits to Hong Kong, the UAE, Singapore and Qatar with productions of Avenue Q, James and The Giant Peach and Seussical since 2014.
The Jersey Boys cast will be led by Luke Street (Out There, Union Theatre; Gypsy, Savoy Theatre) and Jonathan Vickers (Pillow Man, Cabaret, Aberdeen Arts Centre) as alternate Frankie Valli; John Addison (A Christmas Carol Concert, LMTO; The Go-Between, Shaftesbury Apollo) as Tommy Devito; Matt Blaker (Pride and Prejudice the Musical, Lyric Theatre; Jesus Christ Superstar, international tour) as Bob Gaudio, and Nick Martland (The Blues Brothers Live, 21 Theatre; Avenue Q, Magic Mirror Productions) as Nick Massi.
Just this week Selladoor Worldwide has also signed a contract to work with Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment to present a new production of musical comedy The Producers, based on Mel Brooks’ much-loved Academy Award-winning movie, again set to tour China later this year.
David Hutchinson, executive creative producer of Selladoor Worldwide explains: “Having established relationships and toured work into five territories, we are continuously looking to expand that network and our ambition to grow our international touring offer is becoming ever more a reality.
“With the tours of Jersey Boys and The Producers, we are making huge steps towards achieving our goal to present work to the widest possible audience. We are committed to expanding our connections and goals internationally and in the wake of turbulent political horizons are driven to continue to break down cultural borders and build solid worldwide partnerships.”
For Selladoor this isn’t just hyperbole. In the wake of recent political events, the company’s post-Brexit and post-Trump strategy focuses on the need to work even more closely in collaboration across borders in the EU and further afield than ever before.
Attesting to these principles Selladoor has just opened a UK tour of The Crucible in an innovative partnership with Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, with performances scheduled for Luxembourg in April, while a tour of Footloose is scheduled to visit Belgium in the summer.