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Wednesday, February 6, 2013


(Taryn-Lee as Mary Delgado with Grant Almirall as Frankie Valli. Photo: Maye-E Wong)

Heading for the Teatro at Montecasino in Johannesburg in April is the much-awaited and highly acclaimed Jersey Boys.

The runaway smash hit musical, currently playing in major cities worldwide including New York, Las Vegas, London, Melbourne and across the USA, makes its South African premiere at the Teatro. This will be followed by a season at Cape Town’s Artscape Opera House in June.

Jersey Boys tells the real-life story of how four poverty-line kids become Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, one of the greatest successes in pop music history. The Four Seasons wrote their own songs, created their own sound and sold 175 million records globally – all before they hit thirty!

Appearing in the cast is Durban born Tarryn-Lee Hudson, who plays one of the three leading female characters - fondly dubbed, the “Jersey Girls” – and, along with the entire company, she spent invaluable time fine-tuning her role with Jersey Boys Broadway director, Des McAnuff.

Born at Parklands Hospital, Tarryn-Lee grew up in Umhlanga Rocks. She was educated at Atholton Primary School then Maris Stella and Danville before finally matriculating at Crawford College, La Lucia, where she began her singing and acting career.

She studied dancing with Gail Smith from the age of five until she was 17 when she went off to study theatre in Cape Town. Back home in Durban, she appeared at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre in the 2007/2008 production of Guys and Dolls and later in KickstArt’s The Wizard of Oz.

Jersey Boys is not a tribute show but a full-scale Broadway musical, a large 19-member all South African cast and a 10-piece live band. The show is the winner of 54 major awards including the 2006 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Show Album, 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical and winner of the Best Musical Tony Award® on Broadway, in London and Australia.

Booking for Jersey Boys is now open at Computicket or call 0861 813 9000.