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Greetings and welcome to one of eight shows this holiday season. As the new President & CEO of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, I am excited to join the DCPA as it comes off its most successful season ever — 1.2 million guests; 25,000 subscribers; 85,000 students, and a $600 million economic impact over the past five years. Wow! Plus we’re actively gearing up for our 12th annual Colorado New Play Summit, two world premiere plays, the pre-Broadway debut of Frozen and a coveted stop on the Hamilton tour. What an amazing time to join the DCPA as only the third President & CEO in its nearly 40-year history. It is, indeed, an honor and a privilege to have been asked to lead the nation’s largest non-profit theatre organization. Mayor Hancock called the DCPA the cultural gem of the City and I could not agree more. But that recognition is not possible without your active interest and engagement. So thank you for being here today, for sharing your experience with your friends, and for helping us to attract top talent, launch world premieres and become one of the top theatre markets in the nation. In fact, the National Endowment for the Arts recently ranked Colorado third in the nation for per capita attendance at theatre, music and dance performances. Your active participation is worthy of a standing ovation. As CEO, I look forward to working alongside our artists, administrators, educators and patrons to do more together than we can separately. We want to broaden access, diversify our audience, engage with new people in new ways and, ultimately, be as vital to our community as the mountains are to Colorado. Thank you for joining us here today — whether it’s for one of our holiday shows, a returning favorite or Broadway’s newest tour. We hope that you enjoy every moment of your experience and make it a tradition for years to come. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you in the coming season.

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An Act of God Now – Mar 12, 2017 Jersey Boys Now – Nov 13 The Hip Hop Nutcracker Nov 20

Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ biggest stars step into the spotlight — actors, designers, students and you.

A Christmas Carol Nov 25 – Dec 24 The SantaLand Diaries Nov 25 – Dec 24 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Dec 6 – 11 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical Dec 16 – 18 Finding Neverland Dec 20, 2016 – Jan 1 Fun Home Jan 10 – 22 The Book of Will Jan 13 – Feb 26

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1. DCPA welcomes Janice Sinden who joined the nearly 40-year-old organization as its third President & CEO on September 12. Sinden comes to the DCPA from her post as Denver Mayor Hancock’s Chief of Staff. 2. DEVELOPMENT’s inaugural Inside Actors’ Alley was a smashing success with donors and longtime subscribers. Guests enjoyed a scavenger hunt in a hidden hallway adjacent to The Buell Theatre, which features hand-painted show art signed by all touring casts. 3. BROADWAY welcomed the all-new engagement of The Phantom of the Opera back to the Buell where it made its Denver debut 25 years ago. Despite updates to the production, the “infamous chandelier” still made a grand appearance. 4. THE SPACE THEATRE is taking a break from its regularly scheduled programming to undergo a facelift. Funded by a generous $10 million grant from the Better Denver Bond Program, the Space will reopen next fall with increased restrooms, improved technical enhancements and its familiar in-the-round staging. 5. THEATRE COMPANY’s Set Design Team participated with more than 10,000 entrepreneurs in Denver StartUp Week — one of the nation’s largest such events. The team’s “Maker’s Wall,” a modular display that anchored registration at Basecamp, exhibited new innovations in products and design.

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FINDING NEVERLAND BY JOHN MOORE

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Acclaimed Director Diane Paulus was hooked on Finding Neverland by a line the nefarious Captain Hook says to the story’s author himself, J.M. Barrie: “You can go back to being what everyone expects you to be,” the iron-wristed pirate says. “Or you can find the courage to write your own story.” That taunting dare resonated deeply within Paulus as a director, mother and artist. “Because that could mean literally, ‘write your own story,’” she said. “Or it could mean, ‘Write the story of your life.’” Barrie stared that question down the snout of the crocodile 105 years ago when he found the courage to write the story of Peter Pan and, in doing so, essentially encrypt the spirit of the Lost Boy into the DNA of a century of children to follow. “J.M. Barrie was a visionary,” said Finding Neverland co-composer Gary Barlow. “Even in 1904, his mind was 100 years ahead of his time.” The story of Peter Pan, Paulus said, is a clarion call to anyone of any age to ask themselves: When do we wake up and live the life that we know we need to live — not the life we think we should be living? And that is the story Finding Neverland ultimately tells. The innovative Broadway musical is based on the 2004 Oscar-winning film of the same name. It follows Barrie as he summons the courage to become the writer — and the man — he yearns to be. Barrie finds the inspiration

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he’s been missing when he meets a widow and her four young sons who inspire him to conjure the magical world of Neverland. It was surprisingly risky for Barrie to present his original play to high-society London theatergoers, a twist that provides much of the dramatic spine of the musical. “At the time J.M. Barrie wrote the play in London, it was incredibly radical and actually quite dangerous,” said British book writer James Graham. “This was a postVictorian society that was very rigid. By putting children and the dog on the stage, J.M. Barrie flipped the power dynamics of the London theatre. It was quite shocking to the theatre establishment.” Paulus also loved how Finding Neverland takes the audience backstage with Barrie and his theatre company. “Finding Neverland is a complete love letter to theatre,” said Paulus, who was included in Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Paulus also helmed the launch of the national touring production of Pippin in Denver in 2014. “I love stories that take us backstage, that take us through all the trials and tribulations and the fear that go into making art,” Paulus said. “All sorts of people who have seen Finding Neverland have then said to themselves, ‘Oh my goodness — what am I doing with my life? I’ve got to wake up, do what I love and take a risk. That’s where the riches of life will lie.’”

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All sorts of people who have seen Finding Neverland have then said to themselves, “Oh my goodness — what am I doing with my life? I’ve got to wake up, do what I love and take a risk. That’s where the riches of life will lie.” — DIANE PAULUS, DIRECTOR

And that’s exactly why they all worked so well together, Michaels added. “Diane is not afraid of anything,” she said. “She likes to surround herself with really creative people and then this very powerful life force happens between them.” Kennedy and Barlow couldn’t quite believe it when they were approached by Paulus and big-shot producer Harvey Weinstein about scoring Finding Neverland. “We said to Diane, ‘Look, we’re not musical theatre writers — we’re pop-tarts,” Kennedy said with a laugh. But Paulus has worked with unconventional artists since she began writing her own theatrical story in the New York fringe scene two decades ago — and she had a gut instinct about the music she wanted for Finding Neverland. “I knew we had to explode the imagination of J.M. Barrie on that stage,” Paulus said. “And that really led me to understand how a pop score by Gary and Eliot could function in that story.” Still, when the “pop-tarts” brought their initial song ideas to Paulus, “there was only one song we thought she’d really love, because it really sounded like a musical theatre song,” Kennedy said. “But she hated it. She told us, ‘Guys, don’t think about this too much. Just do what you do.’ And so that’s what we did.” And that is why, Kennedy added, Paulus is a genius. “I think that’s probably an overused word,” he said. “But she is. She is a genius, and not in the way that those dudes in an Apple shop are geniuses. She is a visionary.” For expanded interviews with Diane Paulus and other members of the Finding Neverland creative team, go to the DCPA NewsCenter at www.denvercenter.org/news-center.

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Robert Petkoff as 'Bruce' and Kate Shindle as Alison' in Fun Home. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Laura Michelle Kelly (center). Finding Neverland original Broadway cast. Photo © Carol Rosegg.

To tell Barrie’s unconventional story on Broadway, Paulus gathered a decidedly unconventional (and trans-Atlantic) creative team. American Choreographer Mia Michaels is a three-time Emmy winner for her work on TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” Barlow is the architect of the enduring British pop band Take That, which has produced 28 top-40 singles since 1989. He recently was voted the greatest British songwriter of all time — a field that includes the likes of Paul McCartney, Elton John and Andrew Lloyd Webber. “Gary is furiously well-known and well-liked here in England,” said co-composer Eliot Kennedy, who has had No. 1 hits with the Spice Girls, Celine Dion, Bryan Adams, Aretha Franklin and more. Graham (Privacy) is known in Britain not for writing fanciful musicals but rather plays about urgent social and political issues such as how technology is eroding our privacy and sense of self. Putting them all together, Graham said, shows how Paulus has a “forensic knowledge for how to build a musical.”

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FUN HOME

Robert Petkoff, who recently headlined the DCPA Theatre Company’s DeVotchKa-infused Sweeney Todd, will return to Denver in the national tour of Fun Home (Jan 10-22). Petkoff, also celebrated for his performances in Broadway’s Ragtime, All The Way and Anything Goes, will play the troubled patriarch, Bruce.  “I was aware of the possibility of doing Fun Home when I was finishing the run of Sweeney Todd at the Denver Center and was quite pleased with the prospect of returning to Denver,” Petkoff said. “I really love the city and have had such great theatrical experiences there at the DCPA.” Robert will be joined by Susan Moniz (Broadway’s Grease) as Helen and Kate Shindle (Broadway’s Legally Blonde, Cabaret and Miss America 1998) as Alison. Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces audiences to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood that connect with her in surprising new ways. The show won raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.


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Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is the world’s most beloved story of seasonal spiritual reawakening. And now in its 24th staging at the Denver Center, the production itself is undergoing its own kind of renewal. The beloved holiday tradition has a new director and star this year: Denver newcomer Melissa Rain Anderson and longtime company favorite Sam Gregory playing Scrooge. “I think there is something addictive about the journey of A Christmas Carol every year,” said Anderson. “That sense of joy and wonder and getting re-birthed every year is pretty special.” And if the Theatre Company’s most popular annual offering is not getting fully re-birthed, it is certainly getting a re-boot. Audiences again will be treated to the familiar adaptation by Richard Hellesen with music by David de Berry, and many of the DCPA’s homegrown scenic, costume and technical elements will be unchanged. “Absolutely we want to pay homage to what has come before, because obviously it’s been a huge success,” said Anderson, who thinks of this production as one she is adopting, not reinventing. Still, the newness of this staging will be as evident as the man barking out the old man’s unhappy humbuggery. Gregory, who has more than 40 Theatre Company credits to his name, will become only the eighth actor to play Scrooge since the Denver Center’s nearly annual tradition began in 1990. Gregory’s task is merely to replace a fellow actor he himself calls irreplaceable: Philip Pleasants. “Taking over Scrooge from somebody like Phil is a monumental task that I would never wish on anyone because he was such a master at it,” Gregory said. “What I so very much appreciated in his performance was how

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“I think there is something addictive about the journey of A Christmas Carol every year. That sense of joy and wonder and getting re-birthed every year is pretty special.” — MELISSA RAIN ANDERSON, DIRECTOR Anderson sees in Gregory the opportunity for this A Christmas Carol to make an even greater emotional impact on audiences, simply given the actuarial differences between Pleasants, who is 79, and Gregory, who is 53. Gregory initially worried he might actually be too young for the role until his research turned up that while Dickens never specifies the old man’s age, he plants clues that suggest Scrooge is only 54 years old. “Sam is really the perfect age to be playing Scrooge because he has a significant amount of time left,” Anderson said. “His Scrooge lives through this beautiful redemption — and then how wonderful it will be for us to consider that this Scrooge still has 20 or more years left to give all his money away. And what a gift for Scrooge to gain his family back into his life and to open his arms to Bob Cratchit again while he still has so much time to do good? This Scrooge will change lives for many years after our story ends.” Anderson and Gregory both have deep bloodlines with the Hellesen adaptation of A Christmas Carol. As an actor, Anderson has performed in it four times around the country. Gregory has previously played Bob Cratchit and six other roles. Anderson thinks it’s probably better for her that the actor playing Scrooge is changing at the same time she is becoming the first new director of this annual production in Denver since 2004. “I think it’s great that we are shaking everything up at the same time rather than in bits and pieces,” she said. For his part, Gregory isn’t aiming to simply give audiences a younger version of Pleasants’ Scrooge. How could he? “I can’t roll my R’s the way Phil can,” he joked. “I think we want to focus more on the fact that this is really an incredible play about redemption and that is the reason it stands the test of time,” he said. “This play is about how anyone can be redeemed and can change and can become a better human being.” But getting there won’t be easy. And shouldn’t be. “The Scrooge we meet is hardened and calcified,” Gregory said. “He doesn’t turn on the heat because he has no heat inside of him. That’s why poor Bob is freezing. Scrooge isn’t cold because he has ice-water in his veins. I’d like to try it so that we see him thaw — and we see him come to life.”

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

NOV 25 – DEC 24 • STAGE THEATRE ASL Interpreted & Audio-Described Performance: Dec 11, 1:30pm

The company of A Christmas Carol. Photo by Adams Visual Communications

within 10 minutes you could hear little children in the audience giggling away at the stuff he was doing. Phil was able to present this mean old curmudgeon and yet, right away, the children could spot his good heart.” Gregory said following Pleasants feels a little like Trevor Siemien following Peyton Manning. But Anderson and Producing Artistic Director Kent Thompson both say he’s up to the task. “Sam is a masterfully comic actor who can also turn scary and scared at any moment,” Thompson said. “He has a gift for the language and dialects of England — whether it’s Dickens or Shakespeare. Besides that, Sam brings great heart to his acting, making him a beloved actor in the Denver theatre scene. I’m excited to see his Scrooge.”

COSTUME COLUMN Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (playing The Stage Theatre Nov 25 – Dec 24) was first published on December 19, 1843. Now, 173 years and 24 DCPA Theatre Company productions later, audiences continue to fill the theatre, making it our most popular and most produced show. The Theatre Company has produced A Christmas Carol since 1990 (with a few gap years). The current musical version has been a Denver staple since 2005. This year marks Kevin Copenhaver’s 12th time designing costumes for the beloved holiday tradition. A Christmas Carol features more than 100 Dickensian costumes — some old, some new but always a few finishing touches to make it sparkle anew each year. This year Copenhaver gets to outfit a brand new Scrooge (Sam Gregory). “I’m really looking forward to collaborating with Sam to bring his version of Scrooge to life,” said Copenhaver. Director Melissa Rain Anderson, who is making her DCPA directorial debut with A Christmas Carol, and Copenhaver also have been discussing a new take on two of the spirits Scrooge encounters. Upon first meeting the Ghost of Christmas Past, Scrooge asks, “Good Heaven. Please madam, could you dim your glow?” Past designs for the Ghost of Christmas Past have relied on Don Darnutzer’s lighting design for that illuminating moment. This year, Copenhaver is exploring what it would look like if the spirit’s costume had the ability to be a self-contained light source. You also may see The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come rising a little higher above you. According to Copenhaver, the team is “looking into the possibility of that other-worldly spectre coming in on stilts this year.”

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— STEPHEN TRASK, COMPOSER

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a 90-minute rock narrative that tells the transgender and transcontinental story of an East Berlin boy who dreams of finding his other half. But while the biographical details of this extraordinary tale are shockingly unique — the desperate boy submits to a brutal (and botched) sex-change operation to marry a soldier who takes her to Kansas and abandons her there — this underdog and largely underground phenomenon has made a profound impact on a generation of audiences seeking their own varying kinds of wholeness. For Hedwig, it was the dream of connecting with her believed soulmate, a pimply boy named Tommy Gnosis who instead grows up to steal her music — and her fame. “The most common positive effect I hear from people about our story is that it creates a space in their lives for them to find themselves,” said writer John Cameron Mitchell. “Everybody is fighting a battle. Everyone is a misfit and a loser. Or has felt that way. Hedwig’s road is particularly hard, but she laughs at it. And that’s what makes her story a communal thing.” Speaking of two sides of a whole, the fictional Hedwig is very much the two halves of her two creators — Mitchell and composer Stephen Trask. “The person looking for their other half is John,” said Trask. “And the internationally ignored song stylist is me. We just mashed her together into one.” Hedwig — both the character and the theatrical rock concert — were born after New York was gripped by AIDS, but not yet by terror. Trask was the bandleader at a new gay nightclub called Squeezebox, which fully embraced punk, newwave and glam-rock at a time when, he said, “There really wasn’t much space in the rock world for gay people, and there really wasn’t a space for rock music in the gay world. But it turned out there were a lot of people who wanted it.” Squeezebox was a hit from the moment it opened its doors. Gone were the days of drag queens lip-syncing to Streisand. In their place was a full-throated Hedwig and her band. Mitchell and Trask first began working on a show about a rock-star character loosely based on Mitchell — the now unseen Tommy Gnosis. “Frankly, and no offense to John,” Trask said, “but he really wasn’t that interesting.” So they focused instead on inventing a female character Mitchell could play. Hedwig was inspired by a babysitter Mitchell remembered having. Trask said to Mitchell: “Why don’t we take her and make her into a failed singer who used to have a relationship with our rock-star character? Now he’s famous, and she’s singing in dives, is bitter about it and is telling us about it.” Hedwig went from the club to the theatrical stage in 1998 with an off-Broadway run that led to a cult-favorite 2001 independent film. But another dozen years would pass before the theatrical gods aligned and Hedwig finally bowed on Broadway — sort of. In the film, Hedwig performs in a bowling alley, among other places. Around the country, the musical is typically presented in seedy nightclubs. A classy Broadway theatre was no place for Hedwig’s act, so this would require an anachronistic wink. When Hedwig opened on Broadway, the gag was that the host Belasco Theatre had just housed a disastrous run of The Hurt Locker, the Musical, which closed after one performance. Hedwig and Company are now essentially squatting in the abandoned theatre as Tommy performs on a legit stage across the alley.

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— JOHN CAMERON MITCHELL, WRITER

Yes, after rave reviews and nearly a year on Broadway, Mitchell decided to step back into Hedwig’s heels and bring his personal journey full circle. “It was just like the old days, but somehow better because there was less at stake,” said Mitchell, who said he took on the challenge as a way to shake him from the complacency he felt stuck in following the deaths of his longtime partner, Hedwig band member Jack Steeb, and father, Army Major General John H. Mitchell. The general was in charge of all U.S. military forces in West Germany in 1987 and stood behind Ronald Reagan when the president famously implored, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Mitchell’s father, who retired to Colorado Springs and died in 2013, profoundly influenced his son’s writing of Hedwig. From Broadway, Mitchell learned he was not too old to play Hedwig — nor will he ever be. “This is a story that can be told at any time, and a role you can do at any age,” Mitchell said. “The character can age. I am sure I will do it one more time when I am in my 70s, sitting in a chair. But I’m just sure the keys will be very low.” To read John Moore’s expanded interviews with John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, go to www.denvercenter.org/news-center

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“The most common positive effect I hear from people about our story is that it creates a space in their lives for them to find themselves.”

The Hip Hop Nutcracker company. Photo by United Palace of Cultural Arts.

“The whole idea of a Broadway musical based on The Hurt Locker is just so wrong, and that’s why it’s so much fun,” Trask said. “There is no end to how much you can tell that joke.” But the joke doesn’t work on the road, so the team has adopted a slight alteration for its first national tour: When Hedwig plays road houses such as Denver’s Buell Theatre, it’s a disastrous pre-Broadway run of The Hurt Locker that just tanked. It took Hedwig so long to make it to Broadway, Mitchell believes, because Broadway wasn’t ready for Hedwig. “We didn’t change. The world changed,” said Mitchell. “The idea of rock ’n’ roll on the stage, the idea of drag, the idea of this unusual story — they all became less frightening. It was just time. And we wanted to make sure we had the right person to play Hedwig.” And at age 51, the right person was no longer Mitchell, who instead happily handed the wig over to the man he calls “America’s sweetheart,” Neil Patrick Harris. He was followed by a steady stream of bankable stars including Michael C. Hall, Darren Criss, Taye Diggs, Andrew Rannells and, for three months, John Cameron Mitchell.

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The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Book by

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Music by

Lyrics by

Bob Gaudio

Bob Crewe

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Matthew Dailey

Aaron De Jesus

Keith Hines

Cory Jeacoma

Mark Edwards Corey Greenan Bryan Hindle Miguel Jarquin-Moreland David LaMarr Austin Owen Kristen Paulicelli Leslie Rochette Andrew Russell Jenna Nicole Schoen Dru Serkes Jonny Wexler Jesse Wildman with Barry Anderson and Thomas Fiscella Scenic Design

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Bob Crewe............................................................................................................................ BARRY ANDERSON Tommy DeVito....................................................................................................................... MATTHEW DAILEY Frankie Valli............................................................................................................................. AARON DE JESUS Frankie Valli (Sat Mat, Sun Mat).............................................................MIGUEL JARQUIN-MORELAND Gyp DeCarlo (and others)............................................................................................... THOMAS FISCELLA Detective Two, Donnie, Billy Dixon (and others).......................................................COREY GREENAN Nick Massi............................................................................................................................................KEITH HINES Bob Gaudio..................................................................................................................................CORY JEACOMA French Rap Star, Detective One, Hal Miller, Barry Belson, Police Officer, Davis (and others)............................................................ DAVID LAMARR Mary Delgado, Angel (and others)........................................................................... KRISTEN PAULICELLI Frankie’s Mother, Nick’s Date, Angel, Francine (and others).............................. LESLIE ROCHETTE Officer Petrillo, Hank Majewski, Crewe’s PA, Accountant, Joe Long (and others)............................................................................. ANDREW RUSSELL Nick DeVito, Stosh, Norman Waxman,Charlie Calello (and others)............................. DRU SERKES Joey, Recording Studio Engineer (and others)............................................................ JONNY WEXLER Church Lady, Angel, Lorraine, Miss Frankie Nolan, Bob’s Party Girl (and others)...............................................................................................JESSE WILDMAN UNDERSTUDIES Understudies never substitute for listed performers unless a specific announcement is made at the time of the performance.

For Frankie Valli: BRYAN HINDLE, JONNY WEXLER; for Tommy DeVito: COREY GREENAN, DRU SERKES; for Bob Gaudio: AUSTIN OWEN, ANDREW RUSSELL; for Nick Massi: MARK EDWARDS, DRU SERKES; for Gyp DeCarlo: MARK EDWARDS, COREY GREENAN; for Bob Crewe: MARK EDWARDS, AUSTIN OWEN SWINGS MARK EDWARDS, BRYAN HINDLE, AUSTIN OWEN, JENNA NICOLE SCHOEN Dance Captain: BRYAN HINDLE; Assistant Dance Captain: MARK EDWARDS; Fight Captain: COREY GREENAN JERSEY BOYS ORCHESTRA Music Director: Taylor Peckham; Associate Conductor: Charles Larkin; Keyboards: Kara Kesselring, Charles Larkin, Taylor Peckham; Guitars: Jacob Chidester, Brian LaFontaine; Bass: Ryan Berg; Drums: Mark Papazian Music Coordinator: John Miller

Photos by: Joan Marcus, Jeremy Daniel

FOUR SEASONS

(l to r) Cory Jeacoma, Aaron De Jesus, Keith Hines, and Matthew Dailey in Jersey Boys.

Photo: Courtesy of The Four Seasons

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CAST

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(l to r) Bob Gaudio, Frankie Valli, Nick Massi and Tommy DeVito. The Original Four Seasons.


JERSEY BOYS

CAST

Matthew Dailey

Aaron De Jesus

Keith Hines

Cory Jeacoma

Barry Anderson

Thomas Fiscella

Mark Edwards

Corey Greenan

Bryan Hindle

Miguel JarquinMoreland

David LaMarr

Austin Owen

Kristen Paulicelli

Leslie Rochette

Dru Serkes Andrew Russell

Jenna Nicole Schoen

Dru Serkes

Jonny Wexler

Jesse Wildman


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MUSICAL NUMBERS ACT ONE “Ces Soirées-La (Oh, What a Night)” – Paris, 2000.........................French Rap Star, Backup Group “Silhouettes”.........................................Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi, Nick DeVito, Frankie Castelluccio “You’re the Apple of My Eye”....................................................Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi, Nick DeVito “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”..........................................................................Frankie Castelluccio “Earth Angel”...................................................................................................... Tommy DeVito, Full Company “Sunday Kind of Love”....................................... Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi, Nick’s Date “My Mother’s Eyes”...............................................................................................................................Frankie Valli “I Go Ape”....................................................................................................................................... The Four Lovers “(Who Wears) Short Shorts”....................................................................................................The Royal Teens “I’m in the Mood for Love/Moody’s Mood for Love”...............................................................Frankie Valli “Cry for Me”...........................................................Bob Gaudio, Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi “An Angel Cried”............................................................................................................ Hal Miller and The Rays “I Still Care”............................................................................................ Miss Frankie Nolan and The Romans “Trance”.......................................................................................................................... Billy Dixon and The Topix “Sherry”......................................................................................................................................... The Four Seasons “Big Girls Don’t Cry”................................................................................................................ The Four Seasons “Walk Like a Man”..................................................................................................................... The Four Seasons “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)”............................................................ Bob Gaudio, Full Company “My Boyfriend’s Back”.......................................................................................................................... The Angels “My Eyes Adored You”................................................... Frankie Valli, Mary Delgado, The Four Seasons “Dawn (Go Away)”.................................................................................................................... The Four Seasons “Walk Like a Man” (reprise)........................................................................................................... Full Company THERE WILL BE ONE 15-MINUTE INTERMISSION ACT TWO “Big Man in Town”..................................................................................................................... The Four Seasons “Beggin’”....................................................................................................................................... The Four Seasons “Stay”....................................................................................................... Bob Gaudio, Frankie Valli, Nick Massi “Let’s Hang On (To What We’ve Got)”.............................................................. Bob Gaudio, Frankie Valli “Opus 17 (Don’t You Worry ‘Bout Me)”.................Bob Gaudio, Frankie Valli and The New Seasons “Bye Bye Baby”........................................................................................Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons “C’mon Marianne”...................................................................................Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”...........................................................................................................Frankie Valli “Working My Way Back to You”........................................................Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons “Fallen Angel”.........................................................................................................................................Frankie Valli “Rag Doll”..................................................................................................................................... The Four Seasons “Who Loves You?”......................................................................................The Four Seasons, Full Company

THE ONES THAT GOT AWAY “Ain’t That a Shame” (Domino/Bartholomew) • “Candy Girl” (Santos) “Don’t Think Twice” (Dylan) • “Girl Come Runnin’” (Gaudio/Crewe) “Grease” (Gibb) • “I Make a Fool of Myself” (Gaudio/Crewe) “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” (Porter) • “Marlena” (Gaudio) “New Mexican Rose” (Crewe/Calello) • “Our Day Will Come” (Hillard/Garson) “Ronnie” (Gaudio/Crewe) • “Save It For Me” (Gaudio/Crewe) “Silver Star” (Gaudio/Parker) • “Swearin’ to God” (Crewe/Randall) “Tell It to the Rain” (Petrillo/Cifelli) “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore” (Gaudio/Crewe) “To Give (The Reason I Live)” (Gaudio/Crewe) “Watch the Flowers Grow” (Brown/Bloodworth) “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (Goffin/King)

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MATTHEW DAILEY (Tommy DeVito) is thrilled to join the Jersey Boys family! Originally from Denver, C O M a t t h ew h a s p e r f o r m e d professionally from the age of 9. Most recently, Matthew traveled Spain, Italy and France in Saturday Night Fever – The Musical. Favorite performances include Cats (Rum Tum Tugger), 7 Brides...Brothers (Daniel/Frank), A Chorus Line (Mike), 1940’s Radio Hour (BJ Gibson), Cinderella (Prince), and Viva Vegas (Elvis). Special thanks to the entire Jersey Boys team, Dodgers , Merri at Tara Rubin Casting, Craig at Avalon Artists Group, Paul & Alann, my family (especially my Mom and brother). This is for you, Dad. @mdailey88 AARON DE JESUS (Frankie Valli). Aaron is ecstatic to be part of this amazing production. Credits: Jersey Boys (Joey), Disney’s The Lion King (Timon), Wicked (Averic, Boq u/s), Monty Python’s Spamalot (Patsy), Peter Pan (Peter), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), Big River (Tom Sawyer), Guys and Dolls (Nicely), Cats (Gus), Oliver! (The Artful Dodger), A Funny Thing . . . Forum (Pseudolus), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph), El muerto disimulado (Clarindo), The Crucible (Ezekiel Cheever). Special Thanks to God, Gail, Lydia, the entire JB team, and family both biological and handpicked. aarondejesusonline.com. Instagram: @aaron.dejesus KEITH HINES (Nick Massi) is overjoyed to hit the road with the Jersey Boys family! Recent off-Broadway: Cougar the Musical (Buck), Sex Tips for Straight Women From a Gay Man (Stefan). Credits include: Les Miz (Enjolras, WVPT), Camelot (L a n ce l ot , P it t s b u rg h P u b li c Theatre), 1776 (Thomas Jefferson, Pittsburgh Public Theatre), Urban Cowboy (Bud, WVPT), The Crucible (John Proctor), Picnic (Hal). Master’s Degree in music, Oklahoma City University (voice: Florence Birdwell), The Studio/NY (Jayd McCarty’s acting conservatory). Eternal thanks

be to God for his many gifts and blessings; as well as to my family, Arnold Mungioli, and the gang at BRS/Gage for their ongoing love and support. www.keith-hines.com CORY JEACOMA (Bob Gaudio) Cory is stoked to be making his National Tour Debut in a dream show of his! Regional: Legally Blonde (Warner, Fulton Theatre), Mamma Mia! (Sky, MSMT). In Lincoln Center’s Sinatra Centennial Concert Cory was the alternate cast for 16-time Grammy Awa rd wi n n i n g a r ti s t , Sti n g . Education: BFA in Musical Theatre from Pace University 2016. Thank you to Bob, RSO, JV, Amy, Jodi, J&P, Corbin, DBA, the creative team, and everyone else who has pushed him along the way. This one is for the fam, to whom all of my love goes. SO MUCH love. Twitter/Instagram @cocojeacoco BARRY ANDERSON (Bob Crewe) is thrilled to be a part of the Jersey Boys family. Broadway: Jersey Boys (Bob Crewe), Legally Blonde (Aaron Schultz). National Tours: Legally Blonde, My Fair Lady. Regional: Where’s Charley? (Charley), Bye Bye Birdie (Albert), Honk! (The Cat). T.V./Film: “30 Rock,” “As The World Turns,” FORWARD&GONE. www.barryandersonactor.com @4BarryAnderson​ THOMAS FISCELLA (Gyp DeCarlo and others). Regional: The Kite R u nne r, Fiddle r on the R oof, Tranced, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Miss Evers’ Boys, The Bigger Man, Stalag 17, Black Friday. Tour: The Sound of Music. Television: 24. Principal roles for Georgia, Texas and Colorado Shakespeare Festivals. William & Mary grad. Deep gratitude for friends and “famiglie,” and for JB angel John A., Tara Rubin Casting, Merri, The Dodgers, Richard, West, Des and our entire team — “salud.” MARK EDWARDS (Swing, Assistant Dance Captain) is thrilled to join the Jersey Boys family. Off-Broadway: T h e I m b i b l e. To u r s : D i s n ey ’s

Beauty and the Beast, Camelot. Other credits include The Drowsy Chaperone (Robert), Hairspray (Corny Collins), Chicago, Guys and Dolls, and others. Appreciation to Merri and the JB Team. Gratitude and love to family and friends. www.aboutmarkedwards.com COREY GREENAN (Billy Dixon and others, Fight Captain). Broadway: Mamma Mia! (Sky), Scandalous; National Tour: If/Then, Mamma Mia!; International Tour: Evita (Che); New York/Regional: I Am Harvey Milk, Sweeney Todd, 42nd Street, Much Ado About Nothing. BA Pepperdine University (Theatre Arts). BRYAN HINDLE (Swing, Dance Captain). Credits: War Horse, Dirty Dancing, We Will Rock You, Jersey Boys (Toronto), Hair, A Chorus Line (Paul). Film/television: Hairspray, LA Complex, Road Scholars: Italy. Toured internationally with singer Nelly Furtado. Thanks Dodgers, Danny Austin, Talent House, creative team and cast of Jersey Boys. Love to his friends and family home in Toronto. M I G U E L J A R Q U I N MORE L AN D (Frankie Valli on Saturday Matinee, Sunday Matinee) is absolutely thrilled to be returning to the Jersey Boys family! Theatre: Jersey Boys (1st National Tour); Grease (North Shore); Buddy Holly (Walnut St.); Kingdom (Old Globe); Rent (National Tour). Film/ TV: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Great Fight, One Life to Live, At the Top of the Pyramid. Training: B.M. in Musical Theatre from C atholic University; The Barrow Group; Margie Haber Studio. Thank you to my wonderful wife Diana, Schiowitz, Wolf, family and friends. DAVID LAMARR  (Barry Belson and others) enjoys life, sunsets and long walks to the fridge. Credits include: Disney ’s  The Little Mermaid, When You Wish and  Mulan,  Dreamgirls,  Sister Act, The Wiz, Ain’t Misbehavin’,

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Hairspray. Thanks to Whole Artist Management, Merri / Tara Rubin, JB team. To my Kylia, Rayla, Nathan & Ethan: FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS. @davidlamarr #GodIsGood AUSTIN OWEN (Swing) Dream job with Jersey Boys! Tours: Memphis, Flashdance, The Producers. Regional: The Last Five Years, The Drowsy Chaperone (Flat Rock Playhouse), La Cage (Riverside), Footloose!, Godspell (Lyric Theatre Oklahoma). FSU Grad. Thanks to Merri Sugarman, Renee and Joe at About Artists, Clark, and all my crazy awesome friends and family. K R I S T E N PAU L I C E L L I (M a r y Delgado and others). This Jersey girl is thrilled to be part of this amazing show! Tours/Vegas: West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Rock of Ages. Regional: Music Man, Peter Pan, Carousel. Thanks entire JB team, Merri Sugarman, Talent House, my wonderful supportive family, and the best boyfriend a girl could ask for. Thank you God! LESLIE ROCHETTE (Francine and others) is thrilled to be returning to Jersey Boys after being on the 1st National Tour. Regional: Legally Blonde, Hairspray, The Producers, Annie, Happy Days. BA: Columbia College, NOCCA alum. Thanks to the creative team, Merri/Tara Rubin, Dodgers, Bohemia Group, Mom, Dad, Colin, Laura, and Cara. For my husband, John Rochette. ANDREW RUSSELL (Hank Majewski and others) is thrilled to be joining Jersey Boys! Favorite Regional credits include She Loves Me (Georg), Tarzan (Terk), Footloose (Ren), Memphis, and Legally Blonde (Emmett). Andrew currently resides in Burbank, California with his wife, he grew up in Colorado and is a graduate from University of Northern Colorado. www.andrewrussellactor.com / Instagram:@ arussellactor JENNA NICOLE SCHOEN (Swing). SO honored to be making her touring debut with Jersey Boys! Regional: CATS, Spamalot ( P it t s b u rg h C LO), T h e o r y of

Relativit y (Goodspeed Opera House). BFA Boston Conservatory ‘14. Much love and thanks to Merri, The Mine, Dodgers, everyone at JB and my amazing family. “Too good to be true!” DRU SERKES (Norm Waxman and others) is overjoyed to join the Jersey Boys family! Credits: Rock of Ages (original Las Vegas company). Tours: Guys and Dolls, Man of La Mancha. Regional: Legally Blonde, Joseph…Dreamcoat, Wizard of Oz. Emerson College BFA Musical Theatre. Thanks to Donnie, John, WAM, Merri, the creatives, Mom and Dad. Twitter/Instagram: @ DruSerkes. www.DruSerkes.com. JONNY WEXLER (Joey and others) is honored to join Jersey Boys. Theatre: Chasing the Song & Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (La Jolla), Peter Pan, It’s A Wonderful Life, The Music Man (Stratford Festival). Film/ TV: The Doodlebops (Disney/CBS, 600+ shows worldwide). Thanks Des, Sergio, Ron, Danny, Merri, Mark, friends, family, and my little babe! www.jonnywexler.com JESSE WILDMAN (Lorraine and others) is honored and proud to be a Jersey girl! Broadway: Dr. Zhivago, Ghost. National Tours: Chicago, Guys & Dolls. Former Radio City Rockette. Favorite Regional: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, The Rocky Horror Show. Love, gratitude and a giant hug to Des, Ron, Merri, the entire JB team, Avalon, and my guardian angel. MARSHALL BRICKMAN (Book). Films (author or co-author): Sleeper, Annie Hall, 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 Dick Cavett Show” (head writer/ co-producer). He has published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Playboy and other periodicals and was the 2006 recipient of the Writers Guild of America’s Ian McClellan Hunter Lifetime Achievement Award. Jersey Boys,

his first venture into musical theatre, won four Tonys including Best Musical. The Addams Family, his second theatrical venture (with coauthor Rick Elice), ran on Broadway and had national and international tours. He lives in New York City and hopes to die in his sleep, surrounded by his loved ones and their attorneys. RICK ELICE (Book) co-wrote Jersey Boys (winner 2006 Tony Award, 2007 Grammy Award and 2009 Olivier Award for Best Musical) with Marshall Brickman. His play, Peter and the Starcatcher, received nine 2012 Tony Award nominations (including two for Rick), awon five (more than any play of the season), and toured across North America. Also on Broadway, Elice wrote The Addams Family (with Marshall Brickman, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa), which also had productions on tour across North America and in Europe and South America. In 2014, The Old Globe presented the world premiere of his new musical, Dog and Pony (music and lyrics by Michael Patrick Walker). Rick is currently writing a musical for Disney Theatricals with Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, based on the film Make Believe; and Superfly (co-written with Seth Zvi Rosenfeld), directed and choreographed by modern dance legend, Bill T. Jones. Heartfelt thanks to those whose work in the theater makes him grateful for the day he was born: Sondheim, Stoppard, Bennett, Prince, Fosse, Robbins, Nichols, Tune, Nunn, Laurents, Stone, Kushner, Taymor, Papp, Schumacher, Schneider, Coyne, Brickman, Timbers and Rees. Rick thinks about them a lot. He never thought about Jersey much. He does now. 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)


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 #1. Suddenly, producers in demand, they launched Freddie Cannon’s “Tallahassee Lassie” and Billy & Lillie’s “Lah Dee Da.” Crewe’s 1960’s 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 of You,” which eventually became the century’s fifth mostplayed 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 L.A., 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), which was a hit again on the soundtrack of Moulin Rouge (#1, June ’01)...David Ritz

of Figaro (L . A . Opera);  Chita and All That Jazz. International: Disney’s Tarzan; West Side Story; The Sound of Music (Stratford); Peggy Sue Got Married  (West End); Kiss Me, Kate (Japan). TV: Judging/choreographing on “So You Think You Can Dance: Canada,” “Broadway: The American Musical” (PBS).

DES McANUFF (Director) is a twotime Tony Award-winning director and the immediate past artistic director of the Stratford Festival. He is artistic director emeritus of La Jolla Playhouse, where during his tenure he directed more than 35 productions of classics, new plays and musicals. Broadway: Dr. Zhivago, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls, Aaron Sorkin’s The Farnswor th Invention , Jer sey Boys (Tony and Olivier Awards, Best Musical), Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays (Tony Award, Best Special Theatrical Event),  Dracula the Musical, How to Succeed…, The Who’s Tommy (Tony and Olivier Awards, Best Director), A Walk in the Woods, Big River (Tony Awards, Best Director, Best Musical), . Stratford highlights: A Word or Two, The Tempest, Caesar and Cleopatra  (all with Christopher Plummer),  Tommy  and  Twelfth Night.  Opera:  Faust  at the Met a n d E N O, Woz ze c k  at S a n Diego Opera. Film:  Cousin Bette, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle  (director),  Iron Giant (producer), Quills (executive producer). Upcoming projects: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, 700 Sundays revival.

RON MELROSE (Music Supervision, Vocal/Dance Arrangements and Incidental Music). Forty years of arranging, music direction and supervision, including eighteen Broadway shows and productions spanning the world. Winner of a Helpmann Award (Australia’s Tony) for music direction on Jersey Boys, music supervisor of Jersey Boys film, associate producer of Jersey Boys cast and Christmas albums.  Upcoming: A Bronx Tale (Broadway), three more projects in development.  As a composer: Fourtune (Off-Broadway), The Silver Swan (NEA Fellowship), The Missing Peace (Washington’s Capitol Fringe), Early One Morning (liturgical one-woman musical), two Harvard Hasty Pudding shows, a gospel-based Requiem, and songs for Saturday Night Live. Education: Harvard (philosophy), Westminster (choral conducting). Thanks to Alexandra.

S E R G I O T R U J I L L O (Choreographer). Broadway: On Your Feet, Hands on a Hardbody, the To n y A w a r d - w i n n i n g B e s t Musical Memphis, Leap of Faith, The Addams Family, Next to Normal, All Shook Up, Guys and Dolls. Director/ choreographer: Flashdance. OffBroadway: Saved, The Capeman, Romeo and Juliet  (Public);  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Kismet (Encores!), Salome (NYC Opera). Regional: White Noise (director/choreographer); The Wiz, Zhivago (La Jolla); Mambo Kings; The Marriage

KL AR A ZIEGLE ROVA (Scenic Design). Broadway: Sister Act, The Farnsworth Invention, Jersey Boys, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. Numerous Of f- B ’way and Regional pro ductions:  Flashdance (National Tour), Public Theater, MTC, NYTW, etc.. London’s West End: Sister Act, J e r s e y B oy s . M s Z i e g l e r ov a designed the interior of New World Stages, NYC. Awards: the Green Room Award 2010 (Australia) and the Best Set Design of the 2009 Th e atre g o e r s ’ C h oice Awa rd London (both for Jersey Boys); 2005 Lumen Award (New World Stages); 2003 Drammy Award for Best Set Design; 2000 Carbonell Award for Best Set Design; sets for the Best Touring Production, 2003 L.A. Ovation Award.

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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. Several songs cowritten with Bob Crewe have been cover hits for such artists as 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 cowrote 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 music-maker.” To this day, Bob Gaudio and Frankie Valli still maintain their partnership…on a handshake.


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J E S S G O L D S T E I N (C o s t u m e D e s i g n) . S e l e c te d N ew Yo r k cre dit s include N ewsies , The M e r c h a n t o f Ve n i c e   w i t h A l Pacino,  The Homecoming, T h e A p p l e Tr e e ,   L i n c o l n C e n t e r ’ s   T h e R i v a l s   ( To n y Award), Julius Caesar with Denzel Washington, Henry IV, Take Me Out, Enchanted April, Proof, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Most Happy Fella, Dinner With Friends, How I Learned to Drive, Buried Child and The Mineola Twins (Lortel and Hewes Awards). Opera: Jack O’Brien’s Il Trittico (Met, 2007), NYC Opera’s The Pirates of Penzance. Film: A Walk on the Moon, Love! Valour! Compassion!  and  The Substance of Fire. H OW E LL B I N K LE Y  (Lig hting Design). Recent Broadway: Hamilton (2016 Tony Award), A Christmas Stor y, Jesus Christ Superstar, How to Succeed… starring Daniel Radcliffe (2011 Tony nomination), Million Dollar Quartet, West Side Story (2009 Tony nomination), Gypsy starring Patti LuPone, In the Heights (2008 Tony nomination), Jersey Boys, Avenue Q, The Full Monty, Parade, Kiss of the Spider Woman, How to Succeed… starring Matthew Broderick. Parsons Dance (co-founder), The Joffrey Ballet’s Billboards, Alvin Ailey, ABT, NYC Ballet and The Kennedy Center’s Sondheim Celebration. Five-time Helen Hayes Award recipient, 1993 Olivier and Canadian Dora Award for Spider Woman; 2006 Henry Hewes Design Award, Outer Critics Circle and Tony Award for Jersey Boys. STEVE CANYON KENNEDY (Sound Design) was the production engineer on such Broadway shows as Cats, Starlight Express, Song & Dance, The Phantom of the Opera, Carrie  and  Aspects of Love. His Broadway sound design credits include Hands on a Hardbody(Drama Desk Award), Jesus Christ Superstar, Catch Me If You Can, Guys and Dolls, Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Jersey Boys (Drama Desk Award), Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays, Hairspray, The Producers, Aida, Titanic, Big, How to Succeed..., Carousel and The

Who’s Tommy (Drama Desk Award).  M ICHAE L CL AR K  (P rojection Design) designs film and video for live events: recently as assoc i a te d e s i g n e r o n B r e a k f a s t at T i f f a ny ’s , A n n i e , C h a p l i n , Ghost the Musical (Broadway Productions). As Designer on Heidi Chronicles (Asolo Center) Big Maybelle with Lillias White (Sag Harbor Theater), The Breakup Notebook (Asbury Park), My One and Only (Goodspeed), Villains Tonight (Disney Cruise Lines), Le Denier Judgement (Cannes) 700 Sundays (National Tours, Broadway and La Jolla) Dracula, The Musical (Broadway and La Jolla), Frankenstein the Musical (Off-Broadway), The Elephant Man (Broadway). CHARLES LAPOINTE (Wig/Hair Design). Broadway: After Midnight, Beautiful, Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Soul Doctor, Motown, Jekyll and Hyde, Clybourne Park, Bring It On, Newsies, The Columnist, Magic/Bird, Bonnie and Clyde, The Mountaintop, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Merchant of Venice, Memphis, Henry IV, Cymbeline, Lombardi, Fences, Looped, Miracle Worker, Superior Donuts, 33 Variations, Guys and Dolls, In the Heights, Jersey Boys, The Color Purple, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Good Vibrations, A Raisin in the Sun. STEVE RANKIN (Fight Director). Broadway:   Jersey Boys, Memphis, Henry IV, Guys and Dolls, Bonnie and Clyde, The Farnsworth Invention, Twelfth Night, Two Shakespearean Actors, Anna Christie, The Real Inspector Hound and  The Who’s Tommy. Off-Broadway: The Third Story, Pig Farm, The Night Hank Williams Died and Below the Belt. Stratford Shakespeare Festival: Henry V, The Who’s Tommy, Romeo and Juliet, Caesar and Cleopatra. Metropolitan Opera: Faust, Rodelinda, Iphigénie en Tauride. RICHARD HESTER  (Production Supervisor). Supervisor for all productions of Jersey Boys internationally (New York, both US Tours, Las

Vegas, London, Australia and South Africa/Asia.) Broadway: Gypsy, Sweet Smell of Success, Cabaret, Annie Get Your Gun, Patti LuPone’s Matters of the Heart, A Delicate Balance, The Old Neighborhood, Titanic, The Phantom of the Opera, The Red Shoes, The Secret Garden. US National tours: Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story. US Regional: Jersey Boys (La Jolla Playhouse). Ten years with Patti LuPone on the road. Cofounder/ producer with Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore of Broadway Barks! an annual animal adoption event in NY since 1999. ANDREW NEAL (Production Stage Manager). B roadway: S piderMan Turn Off The Dark, Cyrano de Bergerac, Wicked, Fosse, Les Misérables, Sly Fox, La Cage aux Folles. National Tours: Chicago, Wicked. Off-Broadway: A Night With Janis J oplin , I n Transit, T he M a r ve lou s Wo nde ret te s , Power Plays, All In The Timing, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. Regional: Pasadena Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse, North Carolina Theatre (34 productions), Aladdin Theatre in Las Vegas. Andrew is beyond thrilled to be a part of Jersey Boys! ANNA BELLE GILBERT (Stage Manager) is excited to be back on the road with Jersey Boys! Las Vegas: Jersey Boys. 1st National Tours: Jersey Boys, The Light in the Piazza. Regional: The Cherry Orchard (Mark Taper Forum), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Quality of Life (Geffen Playhouse) and many shows at Pasadena Playhouse. Miss you Harlowe! LAUREN PENNINGTON (Assistant Stage Manager) is thrilled to be a part of the Jersey Boys family. NYC: The Commons of Pensacola (MTC), Peter and the Starcatcher, 321 Theatrical Management, NYMF. Tours: Newsies ( 1st National), Guys and Dolls, Shrek the Musical. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, S poleto Festival USA , O pe ra Carolina. Proud AEA member. Love to Dad. STEVE ORICH (Orchestrations)


JOHN MILLER (Music Coordinator). Recent Broadway: Xanadu, Les Mis, Grey Gardens, Drowsy Chaperone; Beauty and the Beast; Hairspray; Coram Boy; Threepenny Opera; Le n n o n; S we e n ey To d d; T h e Producers; Movin’ Out; Sweet Charit y; Caroline , or Change; Little Shop…; Thoroughly Modern Millie; 42nd Street; Urinetown; Nine; La Bohème; Big River; Never Gonna Dance; Thou Shalt Not; By Jeeves; Follies; Oklahoma!; Jekyll & Hyde; The Rocky Horror Show; Seussical; The Music Man; Fosse; Swing!; Kat and the Kings; The Civil War; Triumph of Love. Studio musician (bass): Michael Jackson, Madonna, Portishead, Eric Clapton, BB King, Sinatra, Carly Simon, Celine Dion, Smashing Pumpkins, Tommy Flanagan, Pete Seeger, NY Philharmonic. TAYLOR PECKHAM (Music Director), a San Diego native, couldn’t be more excited to be on the road with Jersey Boys, a show that debuted in his hometown over a decade ago. In addition to his work as an award-winning music director, he is also an accomplished arranger, orchestrator, and composer, having written and/or arranged pieces for various universities, theatre groups, orchestras and choral ensembles around the world. Taylor is proud

to use and be sponsored by 1964 In-Ear Monitors. P E T E R F U L B R I G H T/ T E C H PRODUCTION SERVICES (Technical Supervision) Peter, with associates Mary Duffe and Collene Houlehen, has managed more than 70 Broadway, International and Touring productions. Favorites include Rock of Ages, Seminar, The Normal Heart, Arcadia, Lombardi, Hairspray, 13, Curtains, Bombay Dreams, 42nd Street, Urinetown, Into The Woods, Dance of the Vampires, Blast!, Aspects of Love, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Sound of Music, ....Forum, Smoke Joe’s Cafe, Crazy for You, Guys and Dolls, Joseph..., The Secret Garden, Starlight Express, Singin’ in the Rain and Foxfire. TARA RUBIN CASTING (Casting). B r o a d w a y/ To u r s : Y o u n g Frankenstein, Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins; My Fair Lady; The Pirate Queen; Les Misérables; The History Boys; Spamalot; …Spelling Bee; The Producers; Mamma Mia!; Phantom…; Good Vibrations; Bombay Dreams; Oklahoma!; Flower Drum Song; Imaginary Friends; Metamorphoses; Disney’s On the Record; The Frogs; Contact; Thou Shalt Not; A Man of No Importance. Second Stage, Williamstown, Kennedy Center, La Jolla, Yale Rep. Film: The Producers. BROADWAY BOOKING OFFICE NYC (Tour Booking, Engagement Management, Press and Marketing) is a leading theatrical tour booking, marketing and press company representing award-winning musicals and plays. Currently: Jersey Boys, Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Matilda The Musical, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, The Sound of Music, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, Fun Home, Love Never Dies, Into The Woods and The Rat Pack is Back!. www.bbonyc.com WEST HYLER (Associate Director). Jersey Boys: Broadway, 1st National Tour, Chicago, Las Vegas, UK , Canadian and Australian pro-

ductions. Broadway: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Assoc. Director). New York: Big Apple Circus, Primary Stages, Ars Nova, Playwright’s Horizons, The York Theatre Company, HERE Arts Center. Regional: Colony Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville. MFA from the University of California, San Diego. DA N N Y A U S T I N ( A s s o c i a t e Choreographer). Jersey B oys (A s s o c i a te C h o re o g r a p h e r / B ro a d w ay, 1 s t N a ti o n a l To u r, Chicago, Las Vegas, London West End, Australia); Hairspray (Associate Choreographer / London West End, U.K. Tour, NETworks International To u r) ; H a i r s p r a y ( R e s i d e n t Director/Choreographer, Canadian Company). Charlottetown Festival Young Company (Artistic Director), The Stratford Festival (Acting Company, seven seasons - three Tyrone Guthrie Awards). STEPHEN GABIS (Dialect Coach). B’way: Doubt, Steel Magnolias, Dracula, Taboo, The Boy From Oz, Joe Egg, “Master Harold”…, Present Laughter, A Doll’s House. Venues: Roundabout, MTC, Playwrights, Atlantic, the New Group, MCC, the Public, Second Stage, Williamstown,Yale Rep, McCarter, Hartford Stage, Primary Stages, LCT, Long Wharf, Westport. Film contributions: Million Dollar Baby, Ballad of Bettie Page, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Boys Don’t Cry. THE DODGERS (Producer). Dodger Theatricals is a producing partnership hatched at BAM in 1978 by Michael David, Edward Strong, Rocco Landesman, Des McAnuff, Doug Johnson and Sherman Warner. From the initial foothold in Brooklyn, the Dodgers grew, migrated to the NY Shakespeare Festival, then to off and on Broadway, where their productions have garnered a host of national (Tony, Drama Critics Circle, Obie) and international (Olivier, Helpmann and Dora) awards. Current Broadway: Matilda, Jersey Boys. Other Broadway: The Farnsworth Invention, 42nd Street, Urinetown, Dracula, Jesus Christ Superstar, Into the Woods (’87

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Broadway: Jersey Boys (Tony Nomination - Best Orchestrations). Off-Broadway: Snoopy, Personals, A Good Swift Kick. Tours: Annie, Godspell, A Class Act. Regional Theatre: Musical Director and/ or O rch estrator at Pas a d e n a Playhouse, PaperMill Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Hollywood Bowl, La Jolla Playhouse, Theatreworks, Goodman Theatre, Goodspeed, Asolo Rep, Dorset Theatre, Northlight, Pioneer Theatre. TV: Composer, Arranger & Conductor for documentaries, sitcoms, movies and specials. Recordings: 20 albums, including the Grammy-winning Jersey Boys cast album. His orchestrations have been performed by the National Symphony, the Boston Pops, at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the White House and around the world.


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and ’02), The Music Man, Titanic, Wrong Mountain, Footloose, Mandy Patinkin, High Society, 1776, …Forum, The King and I, The Who’s Tommy, Ralph Fiennes’ Hamlet, Guys and Dolls, Once Upon A Mattress, How to Succeed…, Jelly’s Last Jam, The Secret Garden, Prelude to a Kiss, The Gospel at Colonus, Big River, Pump Boys and Dinettes. In addition to Jersey Boys on Broadway, the Dodgers are producers of current Jersey Boys productions in London and Las Vegas. JOSEPH J. GRANO, JR. (Producer) is Chairman/CEO of Centurion Holdings LLC, an advisor to private and public companies. From 20012004, Mr. Grano was Chairman of UBS Financial Services Inc. (formerly PaineWebber). While at PaineWebber, Mr. Grano chaired the Board of Governors of the National Association of Security Dealers (NASD). In 2002, Mr. Grano was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the Chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council. He proudly served his country as a Captain in the U.S. Special Forces (Green Berets). Due to his commitment to education, Mr. Grano received the Corporate Leadership Award from the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund. Other awards include the USO Gold Medal for Distinguished Service and The Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He is also a member of the Council for the United States and Italy, a member of both the City University of New York’s Business Leadership Council and the Board of Directors at Lenox Hill Hospital. KEVIN AND TAMARA KINSELLA (Producers). Kevin Kinsella has been investing in early-stage technology companies for 30 years, primarily through his firm Avalon Ventures. Avalon companies have been responsible for bringing to market several multi-billion dollar life-saving drugs, the iPhone touch-screen and the fastestgrowing revenue company in the history of the Internet (Zynga). Mr. Kinsella is a Life Sustaining Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a member of Johns Hopkins SAIS Dean’s Advisory

Counsel and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Both outdoor enthusiasts, Kevin and Tamara met in Alaska during the Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup. The Kinsellas’ vineyard in Healdsburg, California, released the first Kinsella Estate Dry Creek Valley cabernet in 2011. Jersey Boys is their first Broadway show. Mr. Kinsella’s father, Walter A. Kinsella, was a career actor on Broadway, radio, television and cinema. He first appeared on Broadway in 1924 in What Price Glory? THE PELICAN GROUP (Producer), a San Diego production company, is enthusiastic about supporting this production of Jersey Boys. The Group, assembled by Ivor and Colette Royston, consists of Todd and Debby Buchholz, Edward and Martha Dennis, Eric and Marsi Gardiner, Cam and Wanda Garner, Richard and Patricia Harmetz, Irwin and Joan Jacobs, Hal and Debby Jacobs, Paul and Stacy Jacobs, Jeff and Deni Jacobs, John and Angie Longenecker, Rao Makineni, Nevins and Margaret McBride, Ray Mirra, Shearn Platt, Edward Richard, Drew and Noni Senyei, Steven Strauss and Lise Wilson. Mr. Royston coproduced the TV film “Dreams of Gold: The Mel Fisher Story” (w/ Cliff Robertson and Loretta Swit, 1986) and the feature film Soultaker (1990). LATITUDE LINK (Producer) is currently represented on Broadway by Jersey Boys (Tony Award), Memphis, and American Idiot. Additionally, six productions running worldwide: Jersey Boys National Tour, Las Vegas, London, Toronto, Australia and the Xanadu National Tour. Past productions include: 33 Variations (Tony Nomination), Cry Baby (Tony Nomination), and Farnswor th Invention. RICK STEINER (Producer). Of the eleven Broadway musicals Rick has co-produced, Jersey Boys, Hairspray, The Producers and Big River won Tony Awards for Best Musical. In 1954, at age eight, Rick made his stage debut opposite Gene Lockhart in On Borrowed Time and then promptly retired. Rick

has won six poker championships including the 1992 World Series of Poker 7- Stud Hi-Lo event. He resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with his children Ace and Duke and sits on the ownership bench of his beloved Cincinnati Reds. LAUREN MITCHELL (Associate P r o d u c e r) . A s p r o d u c e r, o n Broadway: Urinetown, Into the Wo o d s ( ‘ 0 2 r ev i v a l ), Wr o n g M o u ntain , H ig h S o c iet y. O f fBroadway: Barbra’s Wedding, Bare. As actress, on Broadway: The Boys From Syracuse, Me and My Girl, Nine, Annie, City of Angels (L.A.), Into the Woods (original cast and PBS American Playhouse) and numerous Off-Broadway, regional, television and concert appearances. LA JOLLA PLAYHOUSE (Original Producer) has received more than 300 awards for theatre excellence, including the 1993 Tony Award as America’s Outstanding Regional Theatre. Located in La Jolla, CA, the Playhouse is internationally acclaimed for its innovative productions of classics, new plays and musicals. Led by Artistic Director Christopher Ashley and Managing Director Michael S. Rosenberg, the Playhouse was founded in 1947 by Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer. Jersey Boys is among the more than 16 Playhouse productions that have moved to Broadway, garnering 29 Tony Awards, including Big River, The Who’s Tommy, How to Succeed in Business…, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays, Memphis, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning I Am My Own Wife, fostered as part of the Playhouse’s Page To Stage new play development program. Visit www.lajollaplayhouse.org.


General Management DODGER MANAGEMENT GROUP Tour Booking, Engagement Management, Press & Marketing BROADWAY BOOKING OFFICE NYC Steven Schnepp Kent McIngvale Jenny Bates David Freeland Zach Stevenson Sean Mackey Stacey Burns Danny Knaub Rachel Peterson Phil Della Noce COMPANY MANAGER Jason Pelusio National Press Representatives BONEAU/BRYAN-BROWN Adrian Bryan-Brown Susanne Tighe Heath Schwartz PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER......ANDREW NEAL Stage Manager........................................ Anna Belle Gilbert Assistant Stage Manager..................Lauren Pennington Assistant Company Manager................... Heather Losey Technical Supervision......... Tech Production Services/ Peter Fulbright, Mary Duffe Music Technical Design.................... Deborah N. Hurwitz Associate Director................................................West Hyler Associate Choreographer............................Danny Austin Assistant Choreographer........................Lauren Tartaglia Dialect Coach.................................................. Stephen Gabis Associate Music Supervisor....................Jonathan Smith Associate Scenic Designer..............................Nancy Thun Associate Costume Designer.......................Lee J. Austin Assistants to the Costume Designer..... Betsy Waddell, Michelle Sesco Associate Lighting Designer.................. Patricia Nichols Associate Sound Designer...................... Andrew Keister Assistant Projection Designer................... Daniel Vatsky Story Board Artist..............................................Don Hudson Casting Directors..................................Tara Rubin Casting Merri Sugarman, CSA Casting Associate..........................................Lindsay Levine Tara Rubin Casting............................... Eric Woodall, CSA; Dale Brown, CSA; Kaitlin Shaw Automated Lighting Programmer........... Chris Herman Projection Programmer............................. Paul Vershbow Production Carpenter............................................Mike Kelly Head Carpenter....................................................Jamie Kurtz Assistant Carpenters............................... Justin D’Apolito, Aaron Gilman, Michael O’Connor Production Electrician................................ James Fedigan Head Electrician....................................................... Jeff Holtz Assistant Electricians.............................. Dennis Grimaldi, Josh Kosmicki Production Sound......................................... Brett Bingman Head Sound...................................................... Adam Fitchett Assistant Sound.................................... Demetrius Grandel Production Props...........................................Emiliano Pares Head Props............................................................David Krugh Assistant Props...............................................Leslie Doggett Production Wardrobe Supervisor..............Lee J. Austin Wardrobe Supervisor.......................................... Roy Turpin Asst. Wardrobe Supervisor...................... Soon V. Martin “Four Seasons” Dresser........................... Matt Daugherty Hair Supervisor............................................Lisa Chan-Wylie Hair Assistant................................................Erick Sundquist Associate Hair Designer........................................ Liz Printz Assistant to John Miller...........................Nichole Jennino Synthesizer Programming............. Deborah N. Hurwitz, Randy Cohen Music Copying ......................Anixter Rice Music Service Music Production Assistants............Michelle Scalpone, Kristen Norine Production Assistants.................Jay Carey, Paula Wise, Rachel Slaven Lighting Production Assistant..........................Ben Bauer Dramaturg........................................................ Allison Horsley Advertising................................................Serino Coyne, Inc. Travel and Housing Arranged by................. Road Rebel Banking............................................................Signature Bank: Barbara von Borstel Payroll...........................Checks and Balances Payroll Inc. Accountants........................Schall and Ashenfarb, C.P.A. Insurance............................................. AON/Albert G. Rubin Insurance Services, Inc./ George Walden, Claudia Kaufman

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Official Website www.JerseyBoysTour.com DODGERS Dodger Theatricals President............................................................. Michael David Partner............................................................... Edward Strong Executive Producer....................... Sally Campbell Morse Director of Creative Development.......Lauren Mitchell Director of Business Administration...... Pamela Lloyd Director of Marketing.................................Jessica Ludwig Director of Finance................................. Paula Maldonado Director, Dodger International................ Dana Sherman Production Manager............................................. Jeff Parvin Associate General Manager.......................John Gendron Production Coordinator........................... Lyndsey Goode Production Associate.................................... Kiaya Hacene Project Coordinator/Investor Relations.....Andrew Serna Marketing Manager.............................................Jessica Noll Sales Manager....................................Ann E. Van Nostrand Marketing Assistant.................................. Samantha Stone Senior Finance Associate..................... Mariann Fresiello Executive Assistant to Mr. David................ Chris Stefani Office & Atelier Manager ............................Sarah Styx Asst. Office & Atelier Manager/Seat Manager ...... Anne Ezell Assistant, Creative Development........Courtney Sachs Special Events....................................................... John Haber Dodgers-at-Large Michael Altbaum, Kendra Bator, Carly J. Bauer, Samuel Burgess, Sandra Carlson, Justin Gleiberman, Kate Plotkin, Maureen Rooney, Matthew Rossi, Tim Sulka, Linda Wright LA JOLLA PLAYHOUSE Artistic Director.................................... Christopher Ashley Managing Director......................... Michael S. Rosenberg Director Emeritus............................................. Des McAnuff General Manager........................................Debby Buchholz Director of Play Development..............Shirley Fishman Associate General Manager............................ Jenny Case Director of Communications............................ Mary Cook Director of Development.......................David W. Hanses Director of Finance........................................ John T. O’Dea Director of Education and Outreach.... Steve McCormick Interim Production Manager..........................Audrey Hoo Technical Director.........................................Chris Borreson Costume Shop Manager..............................Susan Makkoo Sound Supervisor.............................................. Joe Huppert Lighting Supervisor..............................................Mike Doyle Prop Master.......................................................... Debra Hatch Charge Scenic Artist................................. Joan Newhouse Theatre Operations Manager..........................Ned Collins CREDITS Scenery, show control and automation by ShowMotion, Inc., Norwalk, CT. Stage construction performed by Tait Towers, Inc. Sound equipment by Masque Sound. Projection equipment by Sound Associates. Costumes executed by Carelli Costumes, Studio Rouge, Saint Laurie Merchant Tailors and Maria Ficarola Knitwear Ltd. Specialty dying and printing by Gene Mignola, Inc. Dance Shoes by Worldtone Dance. Hosiery and undergarments by Bra*Tenders. Props provided and executed by The Spoon Group. Keyboards by Yamaha. Rehearsed at the New 42nd Street Studios. Scenic drops adapted from George Tice: Urban Landscapes/ W.W. Norton. Other photographs featured are from George Tice: Selected Photographs 1953-1999/David R. Godine. (Photographs courtesy of the Peter Fetterman Gallery/Santa Monica.) IN MEMORY It is difficult to imagine producing anything without the presence of beloved Dodger family members James Elliot Love and Jean-Michel Quincey. Friends to everyone they met, James and Jean-Michel stood at the heart of all that is good about the theatrical community. They will be missed, but their spirits abide.

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“Ces Soirées-La (“Oh, What a Night”)” (Bob Gaudio, Judy Parker, Yannick Zolo, Edmond David Bacri). Jobete Music Company Inc., Seasons Music Company (ASCAP). “Silhouettes” (Bob Crewe, Frank Slay, Jr.), Regent Music Corporation (BMI). “You’re the Apple of My Eye” (Otis Blackwell), EMI Unart Catalog Inc. (BMI). “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh), EMI April Music Inc., Aldi Music Company, Cotton Club Publishing (ASCAP). “Earth Angel” (Jesse Belvin, Curtis Williams, Gaynel Hodge), Embassy Music Corporation (BMI). “Sunday Kind of Love” (Barbara Belle, Anita Leanord Nye, Stan Rhodes, Louis Prima), LGL Music Inc./Larry Spier, Inc. (ASCAP). “My Mother’s Eyes” (Abel Baer, L. Wolfe Gilbert), Abel Baer Music Company, EMI Feist Catalog Inc. (ASCAP). “I Go Ape” (Bob Crewe, Frank Slay, Jr.), MPL Music Publishing Inc. (ASCAP). “(Who Wears) Short Shorts” (Bob Gaudio, Bill Crandall, Tom Austin, Bill Dalton), EMI Longitude Music, Admiration Music Inc., Third Story Music Inc., and New Seasons Music (BMI). “I’m in the Mood for Love” (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh), Famous Music Corporation (ASCAP). “Moody’s Mood for Love” (James Moody, Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh), Famous Music Corporation (ASCAP). “Cry for Me” (Bob Gaudio), EMI Longitude Music, Seasons Four Music (BMI). “An Angel Cried” (Bob Gaudio), EMI Longitude Music (BMI). “I Still Care” (Bob Gaudio), Hearts Delight Music, Seasons Four Music (BMI). “Trance” (Bob Gaudio), Hearts Delight Music, Seasons Four Music (BMI). “Sherry” (Bob Gaudio), MPL Music Publishing Inc. (ASCAP). “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (Bob Gaudio, Bob Crewe), MPL Music Publishing Inc. (ASCAP). “Walk Like a Man” (Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio), Gavadima Music, MPL Communications Inc. (ASCAP). “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” (Bob Gaudio, Judy Parker), Jobete Music Company Inc, Seasons Music Company (ASCAP). “My Boyfriend’s Back” (Robert Feldman, Gerald Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer), EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI). “My Eyes Adored You” (Bob Crewe, Kenny Nolan), Jobete Music Company Inc, Kenny Nolan Publishing (ASCAP), Stone Diamond Music Corporation, Tannyboy Music (BMI). “Dawn, Go Away” (Bob Gaudio, Sandy Linzer), EMI Full Keel Music, Gavadima Music, Stebojen Music Company (ASCAP). “Big Man in Town” (Bob Gaudio), EMI Longitude Music (BMI), Gavadima Music (ASCAP). “Beggin’” (Bob Gaudio, Peggy Farina), EMI Longitude Music, Seasons Four Music (BMI). “Stay” (Maurice Williams), Cherio Corporation (BMI). “Let’s Hang On (To What We’ve Got)” (Bob Crewe, Denny Randell, Sandy Linzer), EMI Longitude Music, Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc., Seasons Four Music (BMI). “Opus 17 (Don’t You Worry ’Bout Me)” (Denny Randell, Sandy Linzer) Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc, Seasons Four Music (BMI). “Everybody Knows My Name” (Bob Gaudio, Bob Crewe), EMI Longitude Music, Seasons Four Music (BMI). “Bye Bye Baby” (Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio), EMI Longitude Music, Seasons Four Music (BMI). “C’mon Marianne” (L. Russell Brown, Ray Bloodworth), EMI Longitude Music and Seasons Four Music (BMI). “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” (Bob Gaudio, Bob Crewe), EMI Longitude Music, Seasons Four Music (BMI). “Working My Way Back to You” (Denny Randell, Sandy Linzer), Screen Gems–EMI Music Inc, Seasons Four Music (BMI). “Fallen Angel” (Guy Fletcher, Doug Flett), Chrysalis Music (ASCAP). “Rag Doll” (Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio), EMI Longitude Music (BMI), Gavadima Music (ASCAP). “Who Loves You?” (Bob Gaudio, Judy Parker), Jobete Music Company Inc, Seasons Music Company (ASCAP).

The Actors and Stage Managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. Backstage and Front of the House Employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (or I.A.T.S.E.). The musicians employed in this production are members of the American Federation of Musicians. United Scenic Artists represents the designers and scenic painters for the American Theatre. The Director and Choreographer are members of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Inc., an independent national labor union. The Theatre Managers, Press Agents, and Company Managers employed in this production are represented by the Association of Theatrical Press Agents & Managers. The Dramatists Guild—The Professional Association of Playwrights, Lyricists and Composers.

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There always has been plenty of Jersey in Colorado. The towering 14,110-foot Pikes Peak, for example, is named after a New Jerseyan named Zebulon Pike. Had to be a Jersey Boy who got to the summit first, said local public relations maven and Garden State transplant Wendy Aiello. “Who else is going to be that pushy?” Other well-known Denverites from Jersey include Nuggets strongman Kenneth Faried, top chef Frank Bonnano, CBS4 General Manager Walt DeHaven and anchor Kathy Walsh. But when the show for all seasons that is about the Four Seasons returns to Denver for a fourth time, there will be plenty of Colorado in Jersey Boys, too. Jersey Boys tells the story of the band that combined doo-wop with astounding harmonies to make enduring No. 1 hits like “Oh What a Night,” “Sherry” and “Walk Like a Man.” The current national touring cast visiting Denver includes Arapahoe High School graduate Matthew Dailey, who plays Tommy DeVito, and Pomona High School graduate Andrew Russell, who plays short-lived band member Hank Majewski while also covering for musical mastermind Bob Gaudio. Both actors saw their very first professional theatrical performances at The Buell Theatre when they were kids. For Dailey: Beauty and the Beast in 1997. For Russell: Rent, starring Anthony Rapp, in 2001. “The Buell is where I would go and see all of these people living out the dream that I hoped to achieve one day,” said Dailey. For Russell, “The Buell was my Broadway,” he said. “That was my ticket to becoming what I wanted to be in my life.”

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They both call performing at The Buell for the first time now a dream come true. “It’s really going to be meaningful to hopefully bring that same feeling to a new generation of kids in the audience who will be wanting to be up on that Buell Theatre stage someday, too,” said Dailey. The Four Seasons were the most popular band in the world before the Beatles, charting 50 hit singles and selling an estimated 100 million records worldwide. While there have been 36 members of the band, which still performs into its sixth decade, the core during the 1962-67 heyday were lead singer Frankie Valli, Gaudio on keyboards, DeVito on lead guitar and Nick Massi on electric bass. The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. All of which was news to Russell when he was a student at Pomona High School — more than 40 years after “Sherry” was the No. 1 song in America. It was 2005 when the Jersey Boys Broadway soundtrack was released and found its way to Arvada. “My friends and I would be singing along down the halls of Pomona High School,” Russell said. “I had never heard these songs before. I didn’t know who the Four Seasons were. So me being able to pick up these songs at my age and really attach to them is very much attributable to Bob Gaudio’s genius in writing these iconic songs. They are just so memorable that kids generations later can snap along just as much as their parents did.” Jersey Boys is preparing to end its 11-year New York run in January after having played 4,642 shows, attracting 13 million people and winning the Tony Award for Best

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The Temptations. Motown The Musical First National Tour. (c) Joan Marcus, 2014

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— ACTOR MATTHEW DAILEY (TOMMY DEVITO) Colorado’s Jersey Boys are where they are today, they believe, because of strong family and educational support growing up in Denver. Dailey’s mother is award-winning local Music Director Mary Dailey. Matthew has dedicated his Jersey Boys performance to his late father, Phil Gottlieb, who died in 2009. Dailey’s training began at age eight at an afterschool theatre school run by Paul Dwyer and Alann Estes Worley, whose wee students also included future TV star Melissa Benoist (“Supergirl”), Tonywinning actor Annaleigh Ashford (Kinky Boots) and Broadway actor Jesse JP Johnson (Wicked). Russell’s theatrical mentor is Gavin Mayer, his director at both Pomona High School (Footloose) and, later, at the Arvada Center (Legally Blonde). “I was this very shy, awkward kid in high school, and I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life,” Russell said of his freshman-year alter ego. “Gavin was the person who inspired me to join theatre. He cast me in my first production of anything, and later he cast me in my first professional production, at the Arvada Center.” Those who come to see these local actors fulfill their childhood dreams in Jersey Boys will be treated, Dailey says, to a night like no other. “There is great music, a great story, great musicians, good-looking girls, good-looking guys and flashy costumes. It’s got something for everybody.” Including plenty of Denver Boys who don’t normally go to the theatre. “The theatre stereotype is that women have to drag their husbands and boyfriends to the theatre,” Dailey said. “For this show, it’s the other way around. This is the show that boyfriends and husbands drag their girlfriends and wives to. It’s like a Hollywood blockbuster — only it’s live.”

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Musical. It will end as the 12th-longest-running show in Broadway history. Not bad for a band that rose up from the gutter all the way to the street corner. “Our scrappiness comes from living in the street,” Gaudio said. “We came from the kind of areas most people strive to get out of, so that you can make something of yourself.” DeVito, played by Dailey, was the initial driving force behind the group until gambling debts put him on the outs with the mob. He was known for stealing milk off people’s porches as a kid. But he did it according to his own set of ethics, Dailey said. “First, he never stole from his own neighborhood, because those were his people. And he would never steal from a house that only had one jug of milk. If a house had two, he took one. If it had three, he took two. But he always left them with something.”

On January 12, 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. obtained a loan of $800 from his family and founded an enterprise he called Motown. He set up his Detroit headquarters in a modest house emblazoned with an immodest sign, “Hitsville U.S.A.” The slogan was premature, but prophetic. The company had its first hit record in 1960, and between 1961 and 1971 landed 163 singles in Billboard magazine’s top 20, including 28 songs that reached No. 1. Gordy discovered, developed and launched the careers of Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5, Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye — to name just a few — and Motown became the most successful business owned and operated by an African American in the United States. What Gordy accomplished had ramifications far beyond the world of music. Now his legacy is celebrated in Motown The Musical. “Berry Gordy is the Steve Jobs of the music field,” says Doug Morris, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment and co-producer of the show. “He’s the No. 1 creative executive in the history of the industry, an amazing American success story who changed the culture of the country.” Relive the multi-cultured vibration that changed the world when Motown The Musical returns to Denver February 15-19.


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WHEN THE CURTAIN lifts at a Shen Yun performance, what will you discover? The radiance of the dancers, the exquisite grace of their movements, and the mesmerizing display of the animated backdrops and handmade costumes. All of this gives the audience an almost overwhelming sense of amazement at the consummate beauty. It is a vision of loveliness not to be missed, and one that will never be forgotten.

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In 1939, retailer Montgomery Ward asked Robert L. May to develop a Christmas story for publication. Titled “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” the story was adapted into a song by May’s brother-in-law and radio producer, Johnny Marks. Ten years later, the song was first sung commercially by Harry Brannon a month before Gene Autry’s No. 1 recording was released. Then, in 1964, Burl Ives re-recorded the song as the soundtrack to accompany the television episode that has become the longest-running Christmas TV special in history. Now, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical is delighting audiences across the nation. Enjoy these fun facts about the original TV show before the curtain rises on Rudolph, Yukon, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster and, of course, Santa Claus.

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Step right up! Step right up! Don’t miss the marvelous, the magnificent, the mystifying golden age of circus when Circus 1903 comes to town. Inspired by amazing performers from a bygone era, this all-new production by the producers of The Illusionists and the puppeteers of War Horse, will delight audiences of all ages with a turn-of-the-century circus spectacular. The big top has never been brighter than when filled with unique, dangerous and awe-inspiring talent from across the globe. Through the magic of Significant Object (the award-winning puppeteers who brought audiences War Horse), Circus 1903 is able to return animals to the center ring with a fresh, innovative and humane spin. Animals are seemingly brought to life including the largestever performing African elephant through the magic of carefully constructed and realistic puppets. Don’t miss contortionists, firebreathing daredevils and ski-high balancing acts when Circus 1903 dazzles the eyes and defies gravity February 21-26 in The Buell Theatre.

• All of the human characters in “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” have four fingers. • Santa’s sleigh is pulled by seven reindeer at the end of the special though, according to the song, there are usually nine reindeer. • In 2006, the original Rudolph and Santa figures were featured in an episode of “Antiques Roadshow,” at which time they were valued at $8,000 – $10,000. • Though he appears quite large on screen, the Bumble figure stood 14 inches tall and had 30 teeth in his mouth. • Hermey is the only elf without pointed ears. • It takes 24 frames to create one second of filmed animation. • All of the characters in “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” were built with joints so that any part of their body could be moved, including their eyes, mouth and ears.

• Rudolph is actually voiced by a woman, Billie Mae Richards, who was 43 years old when she helped bring young Rudolph to life.

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER THE MUSICAL DEC 16 – 18 • BUELL THEATRE ASL, Audio-Described & Open Captioned performance: Dec 17, 2pm

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” animated television special adapted from a story by Robert L. May and the song by Johnny Marks, music and lyrics by Johnny Marks. All elements © and ™ under license to Character Arts, LLC.

• Rudolph’s signature nose, which was originally created using a 12v light bulb painted red, glows in 33 shots in “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”


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Two upcoming plays by DCPA Theatre Company both came out of the 2016 Colorado New Play Summit, both are written by women and both will be seen by Denver audiences first, but that’s where the similarities end. Opening January 13 is The Book of Will, a touching, humorous play about the lengths Shakespeare’s contemporaries went to in order to preserve his works. Three years after the Bard’s death, actors John Heminges and Henry Condell realize that his plays risk being lost forever and they embark on an urgent attempt to regain the rights, reassemble the scripts and fill in the missing blanks. Lauren Gunderson’s play recounts their trials and tribulations in publishing the 1623 first Folio, which is, arguably, the most valuable book after the Bible. Opening February 3 is Two Degrees by Tira Palmquist. According to the playwright, “Two Degrees is about a woman who’s doing her best to help people understand why climate change is an important issue. And at the same time, she’s coming to terms with her own personal grief.” Infused with humor, the play probes one of society’s most pressing issues while balancing it against the struggle of a rich and complicated human being. Both world premieres will be offered this Winter as part of the DCPA’s annual Colorado New Play Summit. For details, visit denvercenter.org.

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Theatre Forward advances the American theatre and its communities by providing funding and other resources to the country’s leading nonprofit theatres. Theatre Forward and our theatres are most grateful to the following Educating Through Theatre funders: CURRENT FUNDERS List as of August 2016 THEATRE EXECUTIVES ($50,000-$99,000) The Schloss Family Foundation Wells Fargo BENEFACTORS ($25,000-$49,999) Buford Alexander and Pamela Farr Steven & Joy Bunson James S. & Lynne Turley

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DEVELOPMENT David Zupancic.................................Director of Development Shawn Bayer.................................................... Associate Director Chelley Canales...................................Development Associate Megan Fevurly.....................................Development Associate Melissa Olson........................................Development Assistant Marc Ravenhill................................................. Associate Director Valerie Taron.................................................... Associate Director

EDUCATION Allison Watrous........................................Director of Education Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski.........................Associate Director of Education and Curriculum Manager Jessica Austgen................................................ Teaching Artist & Shakespeare Coordinator Stuart Barr.................................. Education Technical Director Claudia Carson...... Bobby G and Playwriting Coordinator Leslie Channell................................................. Business Manager Melissa Doherty...........................Office Manager & Registrar Linda Eller..............................................................................Librarian Tim McCracken..................................................... Head of Acting Michelle Patrick...................Corporate Training Coordinator David Saphier.......... Teaching Artist & School Coordinator Elizabeth Schmit...........................................Assistant Registrar Rachel Taylor...........Teaching Artist & At-Risk Coordinator Chloe McCleod, Heather Hughes, Justin Walvoord, Robyn Yamada.................................................... Teaching Artists

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MARKETING, SALES & PATRON SERVICES Jennifer Nealson..................................Chief Marketing Officer Heidi Bosk......................... Senior PR & Promotions Manager Nathan Brunetti...................................................Digital Manager Kim Conner.........................................................Graphic Designer Flora Jane DiRienzo...............Director of Strategic Projects Brenda Elliott......................................Senior Graphic Designer Brianna Firestone............Director of Customer Experience & Marketing Simone Gordon...................................................Project Manager Hope Grandon..........................................PR & Events Manager Jeff Hovorka............................. Director of Sales & Marketing Jennifer Kemps........................................Group Sales Manager Emily Kent............................Associate Director of Marketing David Lenk............................................................. Video Producer

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Emily Lozow........................................... Marketing Coordinator Adam Lundeen....................................Marketing Technologist Kyle Malone.................................................................... Art Director Carolyn Michaels...........................................................Copywriter Cheyenne Michaels............................. Marketing Coordinator John Moore................................................Senior Arts Journalist Adam Obendorf........................................... Senior Art Director Beth Osolin......................Group Sales Business Coordinator Allison Barber Pasternak..... Executive Assistant to the CMO Joseph Schurwonn......................................... Financial Analyst Jill Schwager...............Education Group Sales Coordinator Rob Silk.........................................Director of Creative Services Suzanne Yoe............................... Director of Communications & Cultural Affairs THEATRE SERVICES Carol Krueger.................................. Theatre Services Manager Adam Alberti, Ethan Aumann, Nora Caley, Samantha Egle, Hadley Kamminga-Peck, LeiLani Lynch, Aaron McMullen, Gregory Melton, Douglas Murphey, Joyce Murphey, Margaret Ohlander, Valerie Schaefer, Mica Ward..................... Theatre Company House Managers TICKETING SERVICES Jennifer Lopez.........................Director of Ticketing Services Kirk Petersen...........................................Assoc. Dir. of Ticketing Services – Patron Relations David Smith.............................................Assoc. Dir. of Ticketing Services – Subscription Services Micah White .............................................Subscription Manager Jessica Bergin, Vincent Bridgers, Katie Clow-Pollard, Tristan Jungferman ................................Box Office Managers Billy Dutton .............................................VIP Ticketing Manager Malcolm Brown, Kevin Dykstra, Molly Dougherty, Amanda Gomez, Edmund Gurule ...........................................................Show Leads Kirsten Anderson, Rebecca Hibbert, Scott Lix, Gregory Swan ......................Subscription Agents Román Anaya, Austin Lee Brown, Rena Bugg, D.J. Dennis, Jennifer Gray, Roger Haak, Noah Jungferman, Alia Kempton, Daniel Lindsey, Gustavo Marquez, Cora Marsh, Noah McDermott, Taylor Schulze, Liz Sieroslawski, Hayley Solano, Brad Steinmeyer, Tomas Waples, Cindy Yeast................................................................ Ticket Agents

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