CLAS­SIC TALE COMES TO LIFE From Nov 9 to Jan 13, the a hit mu­si­cal, will tour China vis­it­ing Shang­hai, Guangzhou and Bei­jing

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Entertainment - By CHEN NAN chen­nan@chi­nadaily.com.cn Jersey Boys, Jersey Boys, Boys in the Rain Boys Matilda, Sin­gin’ In the Heights, Jersey Jersey Boys Jersey Boys,”

has won 57 ma­jor awards world­wide, in­clud­ing Tony Awards for Best Mu­si­cal.

Tony Awards for Best Mu­si­cal, the Lau­rence Olivier Award for Best New Mu­si­cal, and the Grammy Award for Best Mu­si­cal Show Al­bum. In 2014, a film based on the mu­si­cal,

also writ­ten by Brick­man, was di­rected by Clint East­wood.

Af­ter its long run on Broad­way from 2005 to 2017 and at West End from 2008 to 2017, is now do­ing an in­ter­na­tional tour, or­ga­nized by its pro­duc­tion com­pany Sel­ladoor World­wide.

From Nov 9 to Jan 13, the

show will tour China vis­it­ing Shang­hai, Guangzhou and Bei­jing.

Ac­cord­ing to Sel­ladoor World­wide, the tour will see a brand-new pro­duc­tion of the mu­si­cal, which will fea­ture Luke Shep­pard as di­rec­tor, Mark Cross­land as mu­sic di­rec­tor and Cres­sida Carré as chore­og­ra­pher.

Speak­ing about his role, the Lon­don-based di­rec­tor Shep­pard, who has worked on sev­eral high-pro­file mu­si­cals, in­clud­ing

and “My first ex­pe­ri­ence with

was hear­ing the mu­sic, dis­cov­er­ing Frankie Valli and the Four Sea­sons all over again through the sound­track of the mu­si­cal.

“I re­mem­ber that I lis­tened to it with my mother and we were so ex­cited and we went to buy tick­ets while we were vis­it­ing Amer­ica.

“I just fell in love with the show, the writ­ing and the story. These are peo­ple who we feel we know so much about, but ac­tu­ally the whole story never re­ally came into the pub­lic. I found it ab­so­lutely fas­ci­nat­ing, says: wit­ness­ing their rise to fame and every­thing that went on be­hind the scenes.

“I be­lieve the story of is uni­ver­sal. It is about a group of un­der­dogs who went on to achieve some­thing ex­traor­di­nary. That tale never gets old. There is also a whole new gen­er­a­tion that I think know their mu­sic through all kinds of me­dia, but ac­tu­ally don’t know who Frankie Valli and the Four Sea­sons are. It’s a great sense of joy in dis­cov­er­ing the truth be­hind the mu­sic we know and love. As long as mu­sic is around, which I think will be for a very long time, peo­ple will al­ways have a place for the the di­rec­tor adds.

“Of course, with mu­sic we work on so many lev­els, be­yond whether it’s in English, whether it’s in French, whether it’s in German and whether it’s in Man­darin. That’s some­thing about mu­sic that touches you, it re­ally is a unique way to tran­scend and goes be­yond words.”

For the in­ter­na­tional tour, the cre-

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Since its 2005 pre­miere in New York, the mu­si­cal

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