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Jersey Boys: About the Creators

Jersey Boys is the Tony Award and Laurence Olivier Award winning documentary-style musical that tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The musical itself is structured into four sections -- or “seasons” -- which is narrated by a different one of the central characters, allowing each member of the band to give his perspective on the history of the music. The music for the show was created by Bob Gaudio, with lyrics by Bob Crewe, and a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice.

Bob Gaudio is an original Four Seasons member, and he set out to create the musical using the band’s original catalog. He saw how successful ABBA had been with Mamma Mia! and wanted to tell the band’s tumultuous story, as well as reinvigorate the audience by performing classic favorites. Gaudio hired book writers Rick Elice and Marshall Brickman, as well as director Des McAnuff to assist in the creation of the musical. All of them were immediately on board. Brickman was quoted saying that he loved the project because: “It’s a classic American story. It’s rags to riches, and back to rags.” Gaudio and Frankie Valli stepped back from the creative process, as they lacked objectivity, but they both retained the right to end the show if they didn’t approve of it.

Jersey Boys premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, CA, in 2004. It transferred to Broadway on October 4, 2005, with an official opening on November 6 of that year. It opened at the August Wilson Theatre and has been playing there ever since. It went on to play in London’s West End, as well as enjoy a long-running tour across America. With its nostalgia factor, the fantastic music, and excellent performances, it is sure to continue running for a long time to come.