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Tuesday, 19 May, 2009 9:31 PM

Jersey Boys launch party features three cast members at the Roostertail

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

John Michael Dias (plays Frankie Valli), Michelle Aravena (plays Lorraine), Jared Bradshaw (plays Nick) and Alisa Zee, the master of ceremonies.

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

DETROIT -- Nederlander Detroit held a special launch party for the award-winning Jersey Boys musical on May 18 at the Roostertail in Detroit. The goal was to create some buzz about the upcoming shows that will be taking place at the Fisher Theatre from December 17 through January 23, 2010. Tickets will go on sale to the public on September 18.

This is a rags to riches story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. It is a collection of hits and a sneak peek of four scrappy fellows from New Jersey who made it big in the 1960's.

"We're very thrilled to host Jersey Boys," said Alan Lichtenstein, executive director of Broadway in Detroit. "Detroit could use a shot in the arm. It fills up the restaurants."

John Michael Dias plays Frankie Valli. He met the real Frankie Valli four times in Chicago. Dias had 13 auditions for this part.

Michelle Aravena plays Valli's girlfriend, Lorraine, who was from Detroit and they met at the Roostertail. Also, she plays Valli's daughter who passed away. Aravena auditioned in Chicago two and a half years ago. It took her seven auditions to get the part. Each audition covered six to seven roles. "You had to sing, act and dance," Aravena said. She waited another year until they found a spot for her.

Jared Bradshaw plays Nick B. He saw Jersey Boys and sat in the first few rows from the front and was totally blown away. The casting was in New York City and he had only one audition to get his part, he said.

"To get Jersey Boys in town is a good vibe," said Alisa Zee, master of ceremonies. "It will only do more to pump everything up in the city. I learned so many things about Four Seasons I didn't know before the show. It really does appeal to a broad cross section for absolutely everybody."

Meanwhile, Frankie Valli is 75 and is still touring. "The man is in his mid 70's and sounds as good as in the 1960's," said Dias of Valli.

John Michael Dias talked about his favorite moment in the show and that was "Can't Take My Eyes Off You". His favorite audience moment was setting up the group and looking for that fourth person.

Michelle Arevena's favorite moment in the show is that everything moves so quickly, scene to scene and song to song. "The whole company comes on stage for the final song," she said. "It reminds people of their youth. Brings people back to that time."

Jared Bradshaw's favorite moment in the show is the lighting behind the group like you are backstage. "People don't realize how well-crafted the book is," he said.

This story goes through the four seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter, which is reflected in their clothing. It changes with the seasons. Mary Delgado only has nine seconds to get out of the car and change into her robe for "My Eyes Adored You". Frankie Valli has 12 quick costume changes including one that is only 15 seconds long.

Fifty-two people are included in the traveling company of Jersey Boys. There are 27 songs performed during the show. There are 19 actors including 14 tracks onstage, one Frankie alternate, four swings and 10 musicians.

Jersey Boys will debut at the Fisher Theatre on December 17 and will run until January 23, 2010. Tickets are available beginning September 18 and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets and the Fisher Theatre box office. Ticket prices begin at $34 and go up from there.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

The cast members discuss the show inside the Roostertail.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Alan Lichtenstein is the Executive Director of Broadway in Detroit.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Alisa Zee is also a traffic reporter at WWJ-AM Radio.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

John Michael Dias plays Frankie Valli in the Chicago and Detroit versions of Jersey Boys.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Michelle Aravena plays Lorraine in the Chicago and Detroit versions of Jersey Boys.

 

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