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Jersey Boys - Jon Lee joins cast

Jon Lee in Tomorrow Morning. Photo credit: Tim Parker

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ON MARCH 15, 2011, former S Club 7 member Jon Lee will join the cast of Jersey Boys as Frankie Valli, a role he’ll alternate with Ryan Molloy who has now been with the award-winning show for four years.

Lee began his career at the age of 12 playing the title role in Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s Oliver! at the London Palladium, alongside Jonathan Pryce. A major pop star with Simon Fuller’s group S Club 7, he has starred in the West End as Marius in Les Miserables at both the Palace Theatre and Queens Theatre.

He was recently seen on stage playing John opposite Julie Atherton’s Kat in Tomorrow Morning at the Landor Theatre.

The new cast will also feature Matthew Wycliffe (as Bob Gaudio), Wayne Smith (Bob Crewe), Rachael Wooding (Mary Delgado), Carl Au (Joe Pesci), Lauren Hall (Francine), Jo Servi (Barry Belson), Chris Gardner (Hank Majewski), and Jake Samuels (Norm Waxman).

Jon Boydon will continue in the role of Tommy DeVito, with Eugene McCoy as Nick Massi, Mark Carroll as Donnie/Knuckles, Charlie Bull as Lorraine, and Stuart Milligan as Gyp DeCarlo.

Jersey Boys is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons – the “rags-to-rock-to-riches” tale of four blue-collar kids working their way from the streets of Newark to the heights of stardom.

It features many of the group’s hits from the 60s – Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Oh, What a Night, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and more.

Jersey Boys opened at the August Wilson Theater in New York in November 2005 and the following year won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Featured Actor in a Musical and Best Lighting Design of a Musical.

It received its UK premiere at the Prince Edward Theatre in March 2008 and went on to win the 2009 Olivier for Best New Musical.