DENNIS, MA – Based on the life story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Jersey Boys is the international music phenomenon that follows the fascinating evolution of four blue-collar kids who became one of the biggest pop music sensations of all times. Winner of four Tony Awards® including Best Musical, and the Olivier Award® for Best Musical, Jersey Boys unfolds the secret of a 40-year friendship of the foursome as they worked their way from the streets of New Jersey to the heights of fame, eventually receiving the music industry’s highest honor – induction into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. This Cape Playhouse show will feature several cast members who have performed in the Broadway, off-Broadway, and Las Vegas companies of Jersey Boys.
Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice with music by Four Seasons member Bob Gaudio and lyrics by legendary music producer/songwriter Bob Crewe, Jersey Boys is a behind-the-scenes look at their difficult journey to stardom. Even though it won a Tony Award for Best Musical, Brickman and Elice maintain they did not write a musical at all but a play with songs. Told in four parts, each band member has an act to tell their side of this journey. Evoking the band’s legendary line formation, the choreography grows naturally out of the storyline, breaking out into spontaneous dance moves that segue into their show-stopping tunes. Capturing the catchy sounds of the 60’s, this show features their infectious chart-topping hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” and “My Eyes Adored You.”
Director/choreographer Joyce Chittick returns to the Cape Playhouse to direct Jersey Boys. In 2019 she directed the production of A Chorus Line at the Cape Playhouse and came back again in 2022 to direct the production of Grease. “In the modern musical canon, Jersey Boys is unique in its dramatic storytelling within the construct of jukebox musical,” says Chittick. “It is able to walk a fine line between expository musical numbers and introspective, plot-driven songs. This is a rare feat and one that makes it the peak of its form.”
A Broadway veteran as an actor, singer, and dancer, Joyce has performed in thirteen productions and in nine original casts, including Anything Goes, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Sweet Charity. She appeared in the Roundabout Theatre’s production of The Pajama Game with Harry Connick Jr. and won the Fred Astaire Award for Cabaret starring Natasha Richardson.
Following Jersey Boys (July 5-22), the Cape Playhouse presents An American in Paris (July 26-August 12), Camelot (August 16-26), and Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery(August 30-September 9).
ABOUT THE CAPE PLAYHOUSE
The Cape Playhouse at The Cape Center for the Arts was founded in 1927 by Raymond Moore. His vision
was to create a smart, sophisticated summer theatre with some of the world’s most noted stage and screen
professionals. The realization of Moore’s dream has since been recognized by The New York Times,
acknowledging the Playhouse as the “Place Where Broadway Goes to Summer.” Today, 96 years later, the
theatre continues to feature world-class talent in shows produced specifically for The Cape Playhouse and
is one of Cape Cod’s premier cultural assets. In addition to professional live-theatre experiences, the
not-for-profit Playhouse is committed to youth programs and education. The historic theatre is situated on
an expansive 22-acre campus along with the Cape Cod Museum of Art and the Cape Cinema..