Direct from London – enjoy the sweet sounds of Franki Valli & The Four Seasons this Valentine’s month
Joburg Theatre: 10 – 28 February
Direct from London, BYE BYE BABY, having taken the UK by storm in 2015, is to perform on the Mandela stage, Joburg Theatre from February 10th to 28th. The show is a fresh take on the story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.
Musical Director Marc Ryzer says; “We are excited about visiting South Africa and bringing the show to the people of Johannesburg. The dates we have played in the UK since the show launched last year have been unbelievable – we have been playing to packed houses and the response has been incredible.”
BYE BYE BABY takes audiences through the journey of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons with all its highs and lows; right from how the group formed – to how they were admitted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
The show features classics such as; Bye Bye Baby, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like a Man, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, Silence is Golden, The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore, Why Do Fools Fall in Love, and many more.
BYE BYE BABY features a four-piece live band. Marc Ryzer, Musical Director, adds:
“Our singers are of an incredible vocal range and quality. Our lead singer Jamie Ledwith sings in the same vocal range as Frankie Valli (falsetto) – and if you close your eyes, it really could be him.”
Performances for BYE BYE BABY are from Wednesdays to Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm.
Ticket prices on Wednesdays and Thursdays are R120, R190, R260 & R295.
Ticket prices on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are R145, R190, R280 and R325.
These are available by visiting www.joburgtheatre.com or calling 0861 670 670, as well as through Webtickets. For group bookings of 10 or more, please contact the theatre directly on (011) 877 6853/6815.
Wanting to do something special for Valentine’s Day – Sunday 14 February?
Stages Restaurant, situated in the foyer of Joburg Theatre, is offering a special mouth watering 3-course set lunch menu to be enjoyed before the 2pm performance on Sunday 14 February for those wanting to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
At just R400 per couple including the lunch and a bottle of John B Sweet Rose, this is the ideal way to spoil your loved one. Advanced bookings are essential and patrons are advised to arrive early to ensure optimum time to enjoy their experience. Bookings at 011 877 6847 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE NOTE – This price DOES NOT INCLUDE the theatre tickets – these still need to be purchased separately from the restaurant booking, as per normal.
There is a special morning performance for pensioners on Thursday 18 February at 11am – all tickets for this show only are R120. Please contact the theatre directly on
(011) 877 6853/6815.
Jamie Ledwith (Frankie Valli)
As a singer and band frontman himself, Jamie has performed at weddings, live events and corporate entertainments internationally for the past 15 years. Writing is a strong passion of Jamie’s. He used to write for and front the originals band, Gumph! that had strong ties with Sire Records in the 1990s. He has also written five musicals which continue to be performed throughout the country. Jamie has also worked as a singing teacher and vocal coach for several years. Performing as Frankie Valli in Bye Bye Baby, Jamie is able to show off his huge vocal range giving audiences a truly authentic Frankie Valli sound.
Richard Campbell (Bob Gaudio)
Richard began singing as a child when he classically trained at the Berkshire Music Centre, where he also learnt to play the trumpet. Richard’s classical training soon lead to performing many lead roles in musical theatre, the pinnacle of which was playing the role of Jesus in Godspell at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Richard has loved being a part of the New Jersey Jukebox. Donning the famous red jacket and performing live all over the country to packed out audiences has been a dream come true. Richard cannot wait to rock out to even larger audiences on the Bye Bye Baby theatre tour this year.
Tim Kay (Tommy Devito)
Tim was 18 years old when he first took to the stage in the lead role of his school’s Christmas play, The Ragged Child. He then went on to successfully audition for the National Youth Music Theatre. Through his early twenties, Tim was involved in numerous musicals during which time he met Musical Director Marc Ryzer, who would later create Bye Bye Baby.
During this time, Tim developed a portfolio of original songs with his band who toured extensively for five years. Tim went on to ‘go solo’, writing a song for the hit TV series ‘Jamie at Home’ which led to him signing a record deal with Warner Music. The single of ‘My World’ can be found on iTunes along with two full albums of soulful acoustic rock music (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/tim-kay/id264316409)
Performing live with Bye Bye Baby was too much of an opportunity for Tim to resist. Tim loves the professionalism, the snappy choreography and blistering harmonies. His favourite song is ‘Why Do Fools’, the most upbeat point of the show. With some much larger theatres in the calendar, Tim is looking forward to rocking some bigger crowds in 2015.
Daniel Goddard (Nick Massi)
Daniel joined The New Jersey Jukebox in July 2013 and at that point had no idea how big the show would become and how much it would impact his life. He has performed across the UK from the Isle of Wight to York, from private functions to the VIP stage at TRIBFEST. Daniel sings lead vocal on Beggin’, Lets Hang On and Grease which always get the audiences up on their feet. He is bass vocalist throughout the rest of the show giving the important harmony lines that enhances the authenticity of the Jersey Boy sound. Some of Daniel’s most memorable moments include singing with Ray Lewis from The Drifters in Southend and singing on the balcony of a stately home for a wedding. Daniel is the joker of the pack and wants to keep the audience laughing as well as dancing and singing along.
Bye Bye Baby – Big Band
Steve Fawbert – joint director of Bye Bye Baby – studied drums and orchestral percussion at the London College of music. Steve has gone on to play drums/percussion in many musicals including Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story & Betty Blue Eyes. Steve has toured with Andrea Bocelli and appeared on the National Television Awards supporting Ant & Dec and Bruce Forsyth. Steve also teaches drums and percussion in schools, passing on his knowledge to the next generation of musicians.
Gary Mullins has been working as a professional guitarist for 10 years and does a wide variety of performing work in London, all over the UK, and internationally. He is a seasoned solo player, covering classical, jazz and traditional styles and can also be found performing as an accompanist in duos all the way through to big bands, orchestras and musical theatre pits. He loves the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and gets a great buzz from the performances with the New Jersey Jukebox.
Dan Giles is a busy freelance bass player who studied at Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. He plays both electric and upright bass in several pop and jazz bands as well as in theatre pits. Dan’s playing has a strong focus on feel and timing and he enjoys laying down a solid foundation in the rhythm section for The New Jersey Boys Show.
Marc Ryzer (Musical Director and Manager)
Marc started his music career at 7 years old as a classically trained woodwind player touring Europe in big bands, choirs and orchestras. Marc always had a passion for live music and performance and gained a BA Hons in Classical Music from the University of Reading. Since graduation, Marc has focused his musical talents as a vocal coach, Musical Director and Orchestral Conductor.
In 2013, Marc created The New Jersey Jukebox (a tribute band to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons) by pulling on talent from his musical theatre days and putting together a four front man show. Marc was keen to keep the authentic sound of The Four Seasons and has written all the vocal harmonies for the Bye Bye Baby show creating the classic ‘Do Wop’ sound with close and complex harmonies that show the vocal talents and ranges of the four gentlemen on stage.
In 2015, Marc introduced a live on stage 7 piece band to the group which has further enhanced the overall sound as well as creating that extra-special atmosphere which cannot be created by pre-recorded backing tracks.
Scott Jenkins (Choreographer)
Scott Jenkins trained at the Urdang Academy of Dance and Musical Theatre where he attained top marks. Since graduating, Scott has been involved in shows including Pirates of Penzance (London), workshop plans for Spamalot (London), Mack ‘n’ Mabel (Kenton Theatre) and Oklahoma (Corn Exchange). Scott’s film work includes The Golden Compass and television credits include Eastenders and The Bill.
Scott has worked as a choreographer for over eight years with many professional artists including JLS, Simon Webbe and N-Dubz. He is currently working as a Director/Choreographer and his shows include Disco Inferno (Choreographer), All Shook up (Director and Choreographer), West Side Story (Choreographer), Grease (Choreographer), and Beauty and the Beast (Director and Choreographer). He is currently Choreographer and Director of Marc Juan Productions and is working with Bye Bye Baby.
Scott has been nominated for the Pride of Reading awards for his continuous dedication and support to the young people of Reading.