Jersey Boys on Broadway will welcome a new Tommy DeVito this fall, but the actor taking over the role from current star Andy Karl is anything but green when it comes to playing the lead in this Tony Award-winning musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
Broadway veteran Jeremy Kushnier was most recently seen on Broadway as James the Lesser in the Tony-nominated Jesus Christ Superstar. But he has also made a name for himself playing Tommy DeVito in the Chicago, Las Vegas, and Toronto productions of Jersey Boys, and was even named by the Chicago Tribune as one of the “Top 10 Great Chicago Performances of 2007″ for his performance in the leading role.
Kushnier is best known for his Broadway debut in 1998, originating the role of dance-happy Ren McCormack in the musical Footloose, based on the 1980‘s classic Kevin Bacon film. The Winnipeg-born actor later went on to play Roger Davis in Rent on Broadway, before touring with Next to Normal, Aida, and Jersey Boys.
Featuring music by the Four Seasons, Jersey Boys has been a crowd-pleaser and critical darling since it first opened on Broadway in 2005, garnering four Tony Awards, including “Best Musical.” Though touring productions have brought the true story of the original four members of the Four Seasons to all four corners of the world, the Broadway production remains the best way to enjoy this exciting musical that features classic hits from the ‘60s.
Kushnier assumes the role of Tommy DeVito on October 9 at the August Wilson Theatre. Current star Andy Karl is moving on to the forthcoming Broadway revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
Jersey Boys also stars John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli, Matt Bogart as Nick Massi and Quinn VanAntwerp as Bob Gaudio — the other three “Seasons.”
So what Four Seasons’ song makes you want to try out your falsetto? “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” or “Oh, What A Night”?