PREVIEW: Jersey Boys, Sunderland Empire

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JERSEY Boys are back in town.

Such was the success of the show, which sold out when it appeared in Sunderland earlier this month, that it’s announced a return visit.

The hit Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning musical will play at Sunderland Empire from September 8 to 19 next year.

The UK and Irish tour stars Tim Driesen as Frankie Valli, Stephen Webb as Tommy DeVito, Sam Ferriday as Bob Gaudio and Lewis Griffiths, as Nick Massi.

North East actor Matt Corner plays the role of Frankie Valli at certain performances.

Jersey Boys has been seen by more than 20million people worldwide and is one of London’s longest running and most popular shows, where it continues to play at the Piccadilly Theatre.

It tells the true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and their rise to stardom from the wrong side of the tracks.

These four boys from New Jersey became one of the most successful bands in pop history, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and sold 175million records worldwide – all before they turned 30.

The show is packed with their hits, including Beggin’, Sherry, Walk Like A Man, December, 1963 (Oh What a Night), Big Girls Don’t Cry, My Eyes Adored You, Let’s Hang On (To What We’ve Got), Bye Bye Baby, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Working My Way Back to You, Fallen Angel, Rag Doll and Who Loves You.

The UK Tour is staged by the entire original Broadway creative team. Tickets are not yet on sale for the show, but will be announced soon