Award-winning musical to return to Sunderland Empire

Jersey Boys is returning to the Sunderland Empire.
Jersey Boys is returning to the Sunderland Empire.

Smash-hit musical Jersey Boys will return to the Sunderland Empire next year, after a recent sell-out visit.

The show is set to grace the stage at the Wearside venue from September 8 to 19, 2015. An on-sale date has not yet been announced.

The musical was at the Empire recently, from November 25 to December 6, as part of the current UK and Irish Tour.

The tour stars Tim Driesen as Frankie Valli, Stephen Webb as Tommy DeVito, Sam Ferriday as Bob Gaudio and Lewis Griffiths, as Nick Massi. Matt Corner plays the role of Frankie Valli at certain performances.

Also in the cast are Sean Kingsley as Gyp DeCarlo, Matt Gillett as Bob Crewe, Nathaniel Morrison as Barry Belson, Dominic Smith as Norm Waxman, Damian Buhagiar as Joe Pesci, Henry Davis as Hank Majewski, Leanne Garretty as Lorraine, Amelia Adams-Pearce as Mary Delgado and Sinead Long as Francine, with Dan Krikler, Dayle Hodge, Luke Morton and Charlie Allen.

Jersey Boys has been seen by more than 20 million people worldwide and is firmly established as one of London’s longest running and most popular shows, where it continues to play at the Piccadilly Theatre.

Jersey Boys is the remarkable true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and their rise to stardom from the wrong side of the tracks. These four boys from New Jersey became one of the most successful bands in pop history, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and sold 175 million records worldwide, all before they turned 30.

The show is packed with 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.

Winner of Broadway’s Tony, London’s Olivier and Australia’s Helpmann Awards for Best New Musical, Jersey Boys is the winner of 55 major awards worldwide.

As well as still running on Broadway and in the West End and on tour in the UK and Ireland, it can be seen in Las Vegas and across the United States on its US National Tour.

Jersey Boys is written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe.

The UK Tour is 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.

The UK and Irish Tour of Jersey Boys is produced by Dodger Theatricals, David Ian/Michael Watt and Ambassador Theatre Group, with Joseph J Grano, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group, in association with Latitude Link, Rick Steiner, DHST Inc.