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Jersey Boys cast announced for Sunderland Empire show

The multi-award-winning West End show is sure to pack in the crowds when it comes to the Sunderland Empire in November

Phil Tragen Tim Driesen at the Launch of Jersey Boys UK Tour
Tim Driesen at the Launch of Jersey Boys UK Tour

The UK tour of West End smash hit, Jersey Boys will be led by Tim Driesen.

The Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning musical, which has been delighting audiences the world over for the past six years, will be rocking up to the Sunderland Empire in November.

And Tim, a West End regular will be playing the lead role of Frankie Valli.

For the uninitiated, Jersey Boys tells the remarkable true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and their rise to stardom from the wrong side of the tracks.

The 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 175 million records worldwide, all before they turned 30.

Anyone else feeling like an underachiever?

The show, which has been seen by 19 million people worldwide and continues to pack them in at London’s Piccadilly Theatre, is packed with a jukebox-worth of 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.

North East performer, Ryan Molloy has headed up the West End cast since it opened in 2008, and will soon perform with the show on Broadway.

But the touring version will be in good hands.

Tim is currently playing Frankie in the Dutch production of the show and previously played Frankie Valli for a short season at the Prince Edward Theatre in the West End.

He also played Joey Primo in Rock of Ages in the West End and created the role of Adrian Banks (the character based on Mark Owen) in the Take That musical, Never Forget, both on tour and in the West End.

* Jersey Boys will come to the Sunderland Empire from November 25 to December 6. CLICK HERE to book tickets

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