Jersey Boys to return to Edinburgh

Jersey Boys is set to return to The Edinburgh Playhouse in March.

The Olivier, Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical, which enjoyed a successful three-week run at the theatre in October last year as part of its first ever UK tour, will return to Edinburgh from Tuesday 1 – Saturday, 5 March 2016.

The popular Broadway and West End musical, which has now been seen by nearly 23 million people worldwide, tells the remarkable story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, one of the biggest-selling bands in pop history.

The doo-wop quartet rose to fame from humble backgrounds in New Jersey after making their debut in 1962 and went on to sell more than 175 million records worldwide. They were also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. However, their rise to stardom did not come without controversy, fallouts, debt and jail time, making Jersey Boys as interesting a show as it is entertaining.

The musical features a plethora of uplifting hits including Sherry, Walk Like A Man, 1963 (Oh, What a Night), Working My Way Back to You and Rag Doll.

Original band members Frankie Valli and songwriter Bob Gaudio have played a hands-on role in the development of the musical, which continues to run in London’s West End, Las Vegas and on Broadway, as well as touring internationally.

British actor Matt Corner has been cast as Frankie Valli, having previously performed in the role at selected Edinburgh performances last year. Sam Ferriday will continue as Bob Gaudio, with Lewis Griffiths and Stephen Webb also carrying on their roles as Nick Massi and Tommy DeVito.

Jersey Boys, The Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, Edinburgh, March 1 – 5, 7.30pm (matinee – Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, 2.30pm), £26.65 – £58.65, 0844 871 3014

Words: Amy Anderson

Picture: Helen Maybanks