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Popular Broadway Musical Jersey Boys Headed to the Big Screen

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October 6, 2010
Source: Deadline

Jersey Boys

More musicals headed our way. Deadline reports that Graham King's GK Films won a bidding war for the feature film rights to the popular Broadway musical Jersey Boys (with the subtitle: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons). The musical is based on the lives of one of the most successful 1960s rock 'n roll groups, the Four Seasons. The show has been running since 2005 and won a total of four Tony Awards in 2006. Book writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice will write the script for the feature. Apparently this was a hot sale, being described as "groundbreaking", but that just sounds like exaggerated industry hype.

Jersey Boys tells the story of how Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi went from blue-collar wrong side of the track origins to pop sensations the Four Seasons, selling 175 million records worldwide before they were 30 years old. "Jersey Boys is one of the most electrifying stage shows any of us has ever seen and it has all the ingredients to become a big commercial hit movie," producer Graham King said. "So to now be collaborating with the whole team, Frankie, Bob, Marshall and Rick, to bring that magic to the big screen is just a wonderful dream come true." I'm actually going to be seeing this next week, but I've heard great things about it. As long as it turns out as good as Dreamgirls, I'm interested in checking it out.

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