AN award-winning musical is getting set to tour the UK for the very first time – and it will be stopping off in the Midlands.
Tim Drisen will star as Frankie Valli in the UK tour of the Jersey Boys as it arrived at Birmingham’s New Alexandra Theatre from Tuesday, December 9 to Saturday, January 3.
The show will also be stopping off at Stoke’s Regent Theatre from October 28 to November 8.
The show follows the true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and their rise to stardom from the wrong side of the tracks.
It tells the story of how four boys from New Jersey, in America, became one of the most successful bands in pop history, who were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and sold 175 million records worldwide, all before they turned 30.
The show features a selection of their hits including Beggin’, Sherry, Walk Like A Man, December, 1963 (Oh What a Night), Big Girls Don’t Cry, My Eyes Adored You, Let’s Hang On (To What We’ve Got), Bye Bye Baby, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Working My Way Back to You, Fallen Angel, Rag Doll and Who Loves You.
The producers of the tour have also revealed that West End star Tim Driesen will be heading the cast as Frankie Valli.
Mr Driesen is currently playing the role in the Dutch production of Jersey Boys, and previously played Frankie Valli for a short season at the Prince Edward Theatre in the West End.
He also played Joey Primo in Rock of Ages in the West End and created the role of Adrian Banks (the character based on Mark Owen) in Never Forget, both on tour and in the West End.
Jersey Boys has now been seen by more than 19 million people worldwide.
Winner of Broadway’s Tony, London’s Olivier and Australia’s Helpmann Awards for Best New Musical, the show is the winner of 55 major awards worldwide, including the Olivier Award for Best New Musical.
As well as still running on Broadway and in the West End, it can be seen in Las Vegas, across the United States on its US national tour and in the Netherlands.
Jersey Boys is written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe.
The UK tour will be staged by the entire original Broadway creative team, led by director Des McAnuff and choreographer Sergio Trujillo, with scenic design by Klara Zieglerova, costume design by Jess Goldstein, lighting by Howell Binkley, sound by Steve Canyon Kennedy and projections design by Michael Clark.
The orchestrations are by Steve Orich and the music supervision and vocal arrangements by Ron Melrose.
More information is available by visiting www.jerseyboysuktour.com
Tickets for the Stoke show are available by visiting www.atgtickets.com/stoke or calling 08448 717649 and the Birmingham show by visiting www.atgtickets.com/birmingham or calling 08448 713011.