'Jersey Boys' celebrates 'Four Seasons' in Chicago

October 14, 2008 10:11:11 AM PDT
Oh what a year! The record-breaking Chicago Company of Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, celebrates its first anniversary in Chicago this week. To mark this major event, JERSEY BOYS will hold a citywide pizza party and perform their official anniversary show on Tuesday, October 14. A month-long benefit in support of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation will continue throughout October in support of Chicago Public School's music education programs. "Broadway In Chicago has enjoyed being the host of Jersey Boys for the past year, a show that has delighted over 750,000 theatergoers," says Broadway In Chicago President, Lou Raizin. "We look forward to having Jersey Boys in Chicago for a long time to come, as it brings audiences to the city from across the country and further demonstrates what a phenomenal theater city we have."

"What a wonderful year this has been and we are profoundly grateful for it," says Jersey Boys Producer Michael David. "The Windy City and Jersey Boys would seem to fit hand to glove. We've settled in, we love the neighborhood and the abundance of friendly neighbors. When such rare symmetry happens, you want to hold on to it as long as you can. We eagerly look forward to a great second year at home in Chicago."

Drew Gehling, Cory Grant, Bryan McElroy and Michael Ingersoll star as the Jersey Boys now playing at the Bank of America Theatre, 18 W Monroe St. The hit musical opened in Chicago on October 14, 2007 (with previews from October 5, 2007) and became a resident production on February 27, 2008.

Citywide Pizza Party

Jersey Boys will thank Chicagoans for their support throughout the past year by offering free pizza from 12 - 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14 in several downtown locations. Pizza lovers and JB fans may stop by these locations) to pick up a free slice, compliments of Jersey Boys and Home Run Inn Pizza.

  • Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St.
  • Couch Place and James M. Nederlander Way (State St. between Lake and Randolph)
  • Pioneer Court, 401 N Michigan Ave.
  • Illinois Center Plaza, 111 E. Wacker.

Anniversary Performance The celebration continues Tuesday evening with the Jersey Boys official anniversary performance at 7:30 p.m. Following the performance, Jersey Boys ticket holders will be treated to refreshments from Home Run Inn Pizza and Eli's Cheesecake and a chance to mingle with the cast of Jersey Boys . Tickets to the anniversary performance are currently on-sale.

VH1 Save The Music Foundation Benefit

Jersey Boys has also teamed up with the VH1 Save The Music Foundation and will donate a dollar from each ticket sold to an October performance. Jersey Boys commits to raising enough to fund one of Chicago Public School's music education programs for a full year.

The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in America's public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child's complete education. Since 1997, VH1 Save The Music has provided $43 million worth of new musical instruments, donated to more than 1,600 public schools in more than 100 cities around the country, impacting the lives of more than 1.2 million public school students.

Directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Des McAnuff, Jersey Boys won both the 2006 Tony® Award for Best Musical and the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Recording, and continues to break box office records on Broadway at the August Wilson Theatre since opening in November 2005. The Jersey Boys North American Tour opened to rave reviews in San Francisco on December 1, 2006 and played a 44-week, record-breaking run. The show is currently playing in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, London, Toronto and in cities across the U.S. on a National Tour, and will open in Melbourne, Australia in March, 2009.

Jersey Boys is written by Academy Award-winner Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

Jersey Boys is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty.

Tickets are available at Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (18 W. Monroe, 24 W. Randolph St. and 151 W. Randolph St.); through the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (312) 902-1400; at all Ticketmaster ticket centers (including Carson Pirie Scott stores, Hot Tix, select Coconuts and fye stores) or online at ticketmaster.com. Groups should call (312) 977-1710. To search best available seating for upcoming performances, visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com/BestSeats.

Rush tickets ($25) go on-sale at 10 a.m. the day of each performance (11 a.m. on Sundays). Ten (10) front row seats are available at the Bank of America Theatre Box Office (18 W. Monroe) only. As many as forty (40) additional seats, subject to availability at select performances, are made available online at Ticketmaster.com and at the Bank of America Theatre Box office. Rush ticket limit is two (2) tickets per patron and all seats are limited view.

For more information on JERSEY BOYS visit www.JerseyBoysChicago.com or www.BroadwayInChicago.com.


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