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JERSEY BOYS – The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, winner of four 2006 Tony Awards® including Best
Musical, winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2009, has now received ten nominations for the Victorian
Green Room Awards. The JERSEY BOYS Original Cast Recording also received a 2006 Grammy Award® for Best Musical
Show Album. JERSEY BOYS has now grossed over $812 million worldwide and been seen by 9 million people around the
world. Over 450,000 people have attended the show in Melbourne to date. JERSEY BOYS will officially open in Sydney at
the Theatre Royal on Saturday 18 September 2010. The season in Melbourne must finish on Sunday 25 July following
453 sell-out performances. There is no extension possible.

Producer, Michael David, from Dodger Theatricals said – “We are thrilled to bring JERSEY BOYS to Sydney. This story of
Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons has captivated nearly 9 million fans in productions worldwide, and now it is our
fondest hope that Sydney will embrace JERSEY BOYS in the same way. The show is chock full of classic Four Seasons
showstopping songs and a story that is all the more riveting because it’s true. Now with an extraordinary Australian
cast, we believe JERSEY BOYS will engage theatergoers down under and send them dancing out of the Theatre Royal! The
remarkable partnership of Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio indelibly sealed by a handshake agreement over 40 years ago
will resonate with Aussie audiences who will identify with the importance of honour and integrity in this touching tribute to
the power of loyalty between mates.”

Broadway’s gritty smash hit musical, JERSEY BOYS – The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, is the story of how
four blue collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop sensations of all time.
Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi joined forces to become The Four Seasons, writing their own
hits and developing their unique sound to sell over 175 million records before they were 30!

JERSEY BOYS features 20 Four Seasons hit songs including “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Rag Doll”, “Oh What a Night”
and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”.

Written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, choreography by
Sergio Trujillo and directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Des McAnuff, JERSEY BOYS – The Story of Frankie Valli
& The Four Seasons officially opened on Broadway to critical acclaim in November 2005. Since opening, JERSEY BOYS
has been New York’s hottest ticket, sold out every night, and continues to break box office records on Broadway and
throughout the world.

JERSEY BOYS opened in Melbourne on 4 July 2009 and is now playing in Melbourne, Broadway, London, Toronto, Las
Vegas and a US National Tour. JERSEY BOYS played in San Francisco for 48 weeks and recently closed in Chicago after
two years, where they played to more than 1.2 million people. In Melbourne to date, JERSEY BOYS has broken the box office
record of the Princess Theatre on three occasions making it the highest weekly gross ever achieved.

“JERSEY BOYS moves into Sydney’s Theatre Royal in September which will provide one of the most intimate and unique
experiences for audiences anywhere in the world to see this wonderful musical. We look forward to working with the
New South Wales tourism industry and new partners to ensure that JERSEY BOYS is a new reason to visit out great city” –
Producer, Rodney Rigby, Newtheatricals.

Producer, Paul Dainty from Dainty Consolidated Entertainment says “Sydney will unquestionably fall in love with JERSEY
BOYS. The music alone is worth coming to the show but JERSEY BOYS has not become the global phenomenon just for the
well known tunes. JERSEY BOYS has a great script – it is like a play and a rock concert all in one. People grew up with the
music, no matter what age you are. On top of that, you get this great story that thrusts you into an enthralling journey
at breakneck pace which you are not expecting.”

JERSEY BOYS will feature the performances of Bobby Fox as Frankie Valli, Scott Johnson as Tommy DeVito, Stephen Mahy
as Bob Gaudio and Glaston Toft as Nick Massi – The Four Seasons.

Bob Gaudio, original member of the Four Seasons said “Our people were the factory workers, the truck drivers. The pretty
girls with circles under their eyes behind the counter at the diner. They were the ones who really got us, who pushed us
over the top. The Four Seasons hit the emotional nerves in ways that no other group did because the Seasons were as
one with their fans. They moved in a tough world, the world of Bruce Springsteen, of The Sopranos, of the young Sinatra,
a world where the Mafia controlled the night clubs, those who supplied them with food and drink, those who served in the
clubs and those who performed in them. And if you fell out with them – as Tommy DeVito did – you were in trouble.”

Hailing from Longford Ireland, Bobby’s background lies originally in Irish dance. Bobby has toured internationally with
various Irish dance shows including Riverdance, Dancing on Dangerous Ground and To Dance on the Moon. Bobby
moved to Sydney to study performing arts, and graduated from the “ED5” performing arts centre in 2002. Bobby’s
musical theatre credits include: the hit musical Mamma Mia! (Eddie), Leader of the Pack, Dusty – The Original Pop Diva
(Pino Donnagio), We Will Rock You – Japan, Sweet Charity and Damn Yankees with The Production Company, and
Monty Python’s Spamalot (Lancelot understudy).

Scott is a NIDA graduate. His theatre credits include: Third World Blues, The Crucible and Cyrano de Bergerac for
Sydney Theatre Company, The Siege of Frank Sinatra for The Ensemble Theatre, Crimes of the Heart for Marion Street
Theatre, Amco Riders for Tamarama Rock Surfers, Alone It Stands for Ross Mollison Productions, How Like An Angel for
The Railway Street Theatre, Hansel and Gretel and Go Pinocchio for Theatre of Image, Wonderlands for Hothouse/Griffin,
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, August Moon for Queensland Theatre Company, and Anatomy Titus Fall of Rome for
QTC/Bell Shakespeare Co. Film and Television credits include: Neighbours, McLeod’s Daughters, Jessica, Blue Heelers,
Home and Away, Big Sky, Oops, Heaven on the Fourth Floor, Road Rage, Monster and Breathe.

GlaSton toFt IS NICk MASSI
Glaston graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2005. Prior to WAAPA, he studied
Classical Voice at the Queensland Conservatorium and trained in Commercial Dance and Music Theatre at DLDC
Studios. In 2008, he performed in TML Enterprises’ production of SHOUT – The Legend of the Wild One (Peewee
understudy – the Delltones’ iconic frontman). Glaston then commenced the national tour of Opera Australia’s My
Fair Lady (The Cockney & Servant Quartets). His other performance highlights include Little Me and Camelot for The
Production Company.

Stephen Mahy IS BOB GAUDIO
Stephen Mahy graduated from Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2006 and before graduating,
performed in the Australian 2007/08 tour of Miss Saigon (Ensemble, Chris & John understudy). He played the role
of Chris on numerous occasions and was very honoured to open the Adelaide season in January 2008. Since then,
Stephen played in Little Women (Laurie Lawrence) with kookaburra The National Music Theatre Company, Follies (Young
Ben) for The Production Company, and in Guy Noble’s smash hit comedy Karaoke the Musical (Jack). As well as this,
Stephen had an on-screen guest appearance in Southern Star’s Out of the Blue.

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                                         cREAtIVES’ BIOgRApHIES
MARSHALL BRICKMAN (Book) Film (as co-author): Sleeper, Annie Hall (Academy Award), Manhattan,
Manhattan Murder Mystery, For the Boys, Intersection; (as writer/director): Simon, Lovesick, The Manhattan Project,
Sister Mary Explains it All. Television: “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson” (head writer); the ABC “Dick Cavett Show”
(head writer/co-producer; two Emmy Awards). In addition to his film, theater and television work, Mr. Brickman has been
published in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Playboy and other periodicals and is the 2006 recipient of the Writers’
Guild of America Ian McClellan Hunter Award for lifetime achievement in writing. Marshall co wrote a new musical with
Rick Elice and Andrew Lippa: The Addams Family.

RICK ELICE (Book). co-wrote Jersey Boys (2006 Tony Award and 2009 Olivier Award for Best Musical) with
Marshall Brickman. From 1982–2000, as creative director at Serino Coyne Inc., he produced ad campaigns for some
300 Broadway shows, from A Chorus Line to The Lion King. From 1999–2009, he served as creative consultant for
The Walt Disney Studios. MFA, Yale Drama School; Teaching Fellow, Harvard University; charter member, American
Repertory Theatre. Co-wrote The Addams Family with Marshall Brickman and Andrew Lippa.

BOB GAUDIO (Composer) wrote his first hit, “Who Wears Short Shorts,” at 15, for the Royal Teens, and then went on
to become a founding member of the Four Seasons and the band’s principal songwriter. He also produced the hit “You
Don’t Bring Me Flowers” for Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand (Grammy nomination, Record of the Year) as well as six
albums for Diamond, including “The Jazz Singer”. Other producing credits include albums for Frank Sinatra, Marvin Gaye,
Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and the soundtrack for the film of Little Shop of Horrors. In 1995, he was inducted into the
Songwriters Hall of Fame. Several songs co-written with Bob Crewe have been cover hits for artists including The Tremeloes
(“Silence Is Golden”), The Walker Brothers (“The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore”) and Lauryn Hill (“Can’t Take My Eyes Off
You”). With his wife, Judy Parker, Gaudio produced and co-wrote the “Who Loves You” album for The Four Seasons and
one of Billboard’s longest-charted singles (54 weeks), “Oh, What a Night”. A high point in his career came in 1990 when, as
a member of the original Four Seasons, Gaudio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1995, he was inducted
into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, which hailed him as “a quintessential musicmaker”. To this day, Bob Gaudio and Frankie
Valli still maintain their partnership… on a handshake.

BOB CREWE (Lyricist). “New York was pregnant in the fifties,” says Bob Crewe, “gestating with possibilities.”
Crewe and music partner Frank Slay became independent writer-producers when the category hadn’t yet been
invented. In 1957 they wrote and produced “Silhouettes” for The Rays, which skyrocketed to No 1. Suddenly,
producers in demand, they launched Freddie Cannon’s “Tallahassee Lassie” and Billy & Lillie’s “Lah Dee Da”. Crewe’s
1960s unprecedented producing success with The Four Seasons birthed a new sound, striking a major chord in
American pop. “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Walk Like a Man”, “Candy Girl”, “Ronnie” – all smashes! When lead
Frankie Valli demanded a solo turn, Crewe and Bob Gaudio wrote (and Crewe produced) “Can’t Take My Eyes Off
You”, which eventually became the century’s fifth most-played song. Crewe ran hot with artists from Vicki Carr,
Oliver and Lesley Gore to Mitch Ryder, co-writing with Charles Fox the soundtrack for Jane Fonda’s film Barbarella.
Then his own Bob Crewe Generation exploded with “Music to Watch Girls By”. In 1972 Bob was in LA, where he
revived Frankie Valli with “My Eyes Adored You” by Crewe and kenny Nolan. They also co-wrote Patti LaBelle’s “Lady
Marmalade” (#1, July ‘75) – to re-hit again from the soundtrack of Moulin Rouge (#1, June ‘01).

DES MCANUFF (Director) is a two-time Tony Award®-winning director and Artistic Director of the Stratford
Shakespeare Festival. He is Director Emeritus of La Jolla Playhouse, where during his tenure as Artistic Director he
directed more than 30 productions of classics, new plays and musicals. Broadway: Guys and Dolls; Aaron Sorkin’s
The Farnsworth Invention (2007); Jersey Boys (2006, four Tonys® including Best Musical, now with six companies
throughout the world); Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays (2004, Tony Award®); Dracula the Musical (2004); How to
Succeed… (1995); The Who’s Tommy (director/co-author with Pete Townshend, 1993 Tony® Best Director; 1997
London Olivier Best Director/Best Musical); A Walk in the Woods (1988); Big River (1985, seven Tonys® including Best
Director, Best Musical). Stratford: Romeo and Juliet, Shaw’s Caesar and Cleopatra starring Christopher Plummer,
Macbeth, Sondheim’s Forum. Film: Cousin Bette, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (director), Iron Giant
(producer), Quills (executive producer). Upcoming: adapting Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots for stage with Wayne
Coyne of the Flaming Lips.

SERGIO TRUJILLO (Choreographer). Sergio Trujillo choreographed the 2006 Tony® and Olivier Award winning
Best Musical Jersey Boys (Olivier, Drama Desk, Dora, Outer Critics Circle Award nominations), Memphis, Next to
Normal, Guys and Dolls and All Shook Up on Broadway. Recent credits include: Memphis ( LJ Playhouse), Saved
(Playwrights Horizons, Lortel nomination), Next to Normal (Second Stage), Romeo and Juliet, The Wiz and Zhivago (LJ
Playhouse), Mambo Kings, Disney’s European Tarzan, Kismet and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Encores!), Peggy Sue
Got Married (West End), Kiss Me Kate (Japan), The Sound of Music, West Side Story (Stratford Festival), Chita Rivera’s
Chita and All That Jazz, Salome (NYC Opera), The Marriage of Figaro (LA Opera), Ballet Hispanico, and Addams
Family on Broadway. TV: Broadway: “The American Musical” (PBS), “The 14th American Comedy Awards” (ABC),
“Triple Sensation” (CBC). Recipient of a 2003 Ovation Award for outstanding choreography in Empire: A New American
Musical and three Dora Mavor Moore nominations in Canada.

RON MELROSE (Music Direction, Vocal Arrangements and Incidental Music). Previous music direction credits
include (Broadway) Imaginary Friends and Scarlet Pimpernel, Radio City’s Sinatra; upcoming projects include The
Wiz, First Wives Club, Caraboo, Wonderland and Zelda. Dance/ vocal arranging: Sweet Smell of Success, Jekyll &
Hyde, Perfectly Frank, The Act, Marilyn: An American Fable, Woman of the Year, Cabaret. Composing credits include
Superdimensional Microbabes (animebased chamber musical); Fourtune (Off-Broadway); The Silver Swan (National
Endowment for the Arts Fellowship); three theatrical CDs (“The Missing Peace”, “Early One Morning”, “Songs I Won’t
Be Singing”); two Harvard Hasty Pudding shows (Tots in Tinseltown, Bewitched Bayou); a gospel-based Requiem; and
additional songs for church choir, various cabaret artists and “Saturday Night Live.” Education includes a philosophy
degree from Harvard and a choral conducting degree from Westminster Choir College.

                                       pRODucERS’ BIOgRApHIES
Dodger Theatricals is a producing partnership based in New York City comprising Michael David, Edward Strong,
Rocco Landesman and Des McAnuff. Originated at BAM in1978, migrated to the New York Shakespeare Festival,
then off and on Broadway where they are one of its most prolific producers. Responsible for over two hundred
productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in North America, London and Europe, their productions have shared in
a host of Tony Awards® (50), Obie Awards, London’s Olivier Awards and the like. Current Broadway: Jersey Boys.
Other Broadway: 42nd Street, Into the Woods (original and ‘02), The Music Man, Simon Callow’s The Mystery of
Charles Dickens, Blast!, Titanic, Wrong Mountain, Urinetown, Footloose, Mandy Patinkin, Dracula, High Society,
1776, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum with Nathan Lane and Whoopi Goldberg, The King and
I, The Who’s Tommy, Ralph Fiennes’ Hamlet, Guys and Dolls, Once Upon a Mattress with Sarah Jessica Parker,
Jelly’s Last Jam with Gregory Hines, How to Succeed in Business… with Matthew Broderick, The Secret Garden,
Prelude to a Kiss, The Gospel at Colonus, Big River, Pump Boys and Dinettes. The Dodgers are the original
producers of Jersey Boys on Broadway, and Jersey Boys productions in London, Toronto, Las Vegas and on tour
in North America. They are thrilled to be in Sydney.

Newtheatricals is a producing group founded by Rodney Rigby in 2004. Producing credits: Boeing Boeing, Mum’s
the Word 2: Teenagers, Burt Bacharach and the Sydney Symphony, Grumpy Old Women LIVE, The Woman In
Black, Jamie Oliver LIVE, Bryn Terfel – In Recital, David Campbell – Wild with Style, Anthony Warlow – Under the
Stars, Stuff Happens, Leader Of The Pack, Lesley Garrett and Anthony Warlow – The Magic Of The Music, Via
Dolorosa (written and performed by David Hare), La Fura dels Baus XXX. Earlier credits include: The Witches Of
Eastwick, Shout!, Fame, The Helpmann Awards (2001, 2004, 2005), The King and I (London) The Sound Of Music,
Art, Grease – The Arena Spectacular, Cabaret, Crazy For You, An Ideal Husband, Smokey Joe’s Café, The Secret
Garden, How To Succeed..., Fallen Angels, South Pacific, Elvis – The Musical. Awards: Life Membership with Live
Performance Australia, five Helpmann Awards including Best Play 2006 (Stuff Happens) and six Greenroom Awards.
Next: Rock of Ages.

Dainty Consolidated Entertainment (DCE) is recognised as one of the most significant and influential players in
Australia’s booming entertainment industry, with a highly distinguished reputation for presenting, producing and
investing in world class concerts, theatrical productions and special events. Paul Dainty has been at the cutting edge
of the Australian entertainment industry for over 30 years and has consistently delivered a first class touring experience
to some of the world’s leading artists, including: Neil Diamond, the Bee Gees, David Bowie, Prince, ABBA, Michael
Bublé, Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder and the Rolling Stones just to name a few.
DCE is also a major theatrical Producer in Australia and across the Asia Pacific region, having co-produced a number
of successful theatrical productions including the record-breaking Mamma Mia!

In October 2010, DCE will open its much anticipated production of Hairspray The Musical. The DCE team has a
broad range of entertainment industry skills and experience and regularly receives accolades for its outstanding
achievements, including four prestigious Helpmann Awards®.

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