In conjunction with the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton, I recently visited Newcastle to meet those lovely red jacketed boys. Yes, you guessed it, yours and my favourites – Jersey Boys. The second national tour is fully underway and it concludes at the Mayflower in March 2019.
I spoke to Michael Watson, Simon Bailey, Declan Egan and Lewis Griffiths and I am going to be releasing the filmed interviews over a period of time. Well actually as they arrive in spring next year, I am going to release the interviews over the next four seasons, in the order, that the boys leave the stage, in the penultimate scene.
First up is therefore, of course, Tommy Devito played by Simon Bailey.
Simon trained at the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.
West End credits include: Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys; Liam O’Deary in I Can’t Sing! The X-Factor Musical (London Palladium); Romeo and Juliet-The Musical (Piccadilly Theatre); Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (New London Theatre); We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre); Enjolras in the 21st Anniversary cast of Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre); Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre); Lieutenant Torrasso/Count Ludovic in Passion (Donmar Warehouse).
Off West End credits include: Heathers workshop (The Other Palace); Whisper House (The Other Palace); Bat Boy (Southwark Playhouse); Marry Me a Little (St James Theatre) and the British Premiere of Striking 12 (Waterloo East Theatre). Simon most recently played Officer Starnes and Tom Watson in the critically acclaimed Parade (Southwark Playhouse), for which he was nominated in the 2011 Broadway World Awards in the Best Featured Actor in a Musical category.
Regional work includes: Zack Mayo in An Officer and a Gentleman workshop (Leicester Curve) and Thompson in Once Upon A Time at the Adelphi (Liverpool Playhouse).
Touring work includes: Blue in Naked Flame (England) Ringo Starr/Freddie Mercury in Rock Legends(South Africa).
Simon is also a founder member of ‘Theatreland’s First Supergroup’ Teatro. Teatro achieved gold status with their eponymous debut album after just three weeks, making them one of the fastest-selling musical theatre acts of all time. Teatro performed in Los Angeles, New York, Dubai and all over the world along with performing for Her Majesty, The Queen at the 2007 Royal Variety Performance at the Liverpool Empire.
Simon has also done a lot of concert work, taking him all around the world. Most recently, he has performed in Florida (USA) Kuala Lumpur, Athens, Egypt, The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary Concert at the Royal Albert Hall and many concerts all over the UK.
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