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'Jersey Boys' to return to Eisenhower Auditorium Jan. 28

Nationally touring Broadway musical tells story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

“Jersey Boys,” the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, features the group’s pop hits, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What a Night,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back To You.” The touring Broadway production returns to Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28. Credit: Joan MarcusAll Rights Reserved.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Tickets are on sale for the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical “Jersey Boys.” The nationally touring Broadway production will make its much-anticipated return to Penn State at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, in Eisenhower Auditorium.

Directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Des McAnuff, “Jersey Boys” was 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 behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard, and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a different story — a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. The show features all their hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What a Night,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back To You.”

Watch a video preview of “Jersey Boys.” Credit: Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State

Visit the Center for the Performing Arts online or call 814-863-0255 for more information.

“Jersey Boys” opened in New York City on Nov. 6, 2005. By the time it closed more than 11 years later, on Jan. 15, 2017, it was the 12th-longest running show in Broadway history, passing the original Broadway productions “42nd Street,” “Grease,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and “The Producers.” The “Jersey Boys” national tour opened to rave reviews in San Francisco on Dec. 1, 2006, and is still breaking house records in cities across North America.

The “Jersey Boys” design and production team features Klara Zieglerova, scenic design; Jess Goldstein, costume design; Howell Binkley, winner of the 2006 Tony for his lighting design of “Jersey Boys"; Steve Canyon Kennedy,sound design; Michael Clark,projections design; Charles LaPointe, wig and hair design; Steve Orich, orchestrations; and Ron Melrose, music supervision, vocal/dance arrangements and incidental music.

“Jersey Boys” is produced by Dodger Theatricals, Joseph J. Grano, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, and Pelican Group, with Latitude Link, Rick Steiner and NETworks Presentations.

The Original Broadway Cast Recording of “Jersey Boys,” produced by Gaudio, was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The cast recording is available on Rhino Records. “Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons”," Broadway Books; is the official handbook to the Broadway hit. “Seasons Greetings: A Jersey Boys Christmas,” a holiday album featuring international cast members of “Jersey Boys,” produced by Gaudio, is available on Rhino Records.

“Jersey Boys” contains authentic “profane Jersey language” and is recommended for ages 12 and older.

TIAA sponsors this presentation of “Jersey Boys.”

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring a visiting artist or artists, is offered in Eisenhower one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity, so seating is available on a first-arrival basis.

Audio description, which is especially helpful to patrons with sight loss, is available for this performance at no extra charge to ticket holders. Reservations for audio description are required by Tuesday, Jan. 14. Phone 814-238-0132 to reserve the service.

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Last Updated December 20, 2019