Jersey Boys Reimagined As a Concert: New Production Coming to QPAC

Prospero Arts, in collaboration with the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), is set to present a fresh and captivating semi-staged concert production of Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. This concert adaptation of the musical will grace the Concert Hall of QPAC from 8 to 11 February 2024. This is the latest in a line of concert adaptations from Prospero Arts, with past performances including The Wizard of Oz – In Concert and Singin’ in the Rain – In Concert.

Jersey Boys delves into the behind-the-scenes and music story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. The production will showcase the script and score under the musical supervision of David Young, combined with the involvement of some Australian musical theatre talent and an eleven-piece band. The ensemble will be under the baton of musical director and conductor, James Dobinson.

Hayley Johnson, Director of Prospero Arts, expressed her excitement about bringing Jersey Boys to QPAC’s Concert Hall:

After successful In Concert presentations with QPAC in 2022 and 2023, we were keen for our next production to be a Jukebox Musical – with a great and inspiring story – that was full of iconic songs. Jersey Boys is from that really special era in pop music that paved the way for so many of the songs and artists that have made an unprecedented mark in the history of popular music.

Our reimagined semi-staged production means that, unlike a full staged musical, there will be minimum set and staging, which really puts the spotlight on the story, the choreography and of course the hit songs played by a live orchestra on the Concert Hall stage supporting the artists.

We are thrilled with our lead cast who are all very familiar with Jersey Boys’ roles in the professional arena. Most of the cast are either originally from Brisbane and are coming back, or they’ve moved to Brisbane following a long career interstate and overseas, with a couple of local up and comers too.

There’s a wealth of experience across the board which means that Brisbane audiences are in for the real deal – Jersey Boys brought to you by the best in the biz

With the Brisbane-exclusive season not too far away, we aren’t left wondering whom we will see on-stage. The Queensland Cast for Jersey Boys – In Concert includes Josh Mulheran (Mamma Mia, Jersey Boys) as Frankie Valli, Connor Crawford (Jersey Boys) as Tommy DeVito, Glaston Toft (Jersey Boys) as Nick Massi, Jack Saunders (Jersey Boys on cruise ships across the globe) as Bob Gaudio, Glen Hill (Jersey Boys) as Bob Crew, Emma Wilby (2023 Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium Musical Theatre Graduate) as Francine, Loren Hunter (SIX – The Musical, The Wizard of Oz – In Concert) as Mary and Sophie Perkins (QPAC’s Spirit of Christmas, Carrie the Musical, Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium Musical Theatre Graduate). Further cast are to be announced, but as you may be able to tell, the casting is a mix of young talent and seasoned performers who have graced the stage in one or many productions of Jersey Boys over the years.

Jersey Boys celebrates the distinct style, sound, and success of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, a group whose music has transcended generations since their first hit in the 1960s. The show features timeless hits like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and “December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)”, tracing the evolution of these iconic artists.

Tickets for this production are now available for purchase via the QPAC website or by calling their box office team on 136 246. The season is being co-presented by Prospero Arts and QPAC, with support by QPAC Partner MinterEllison.

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