The Wagner College Theatre program was thrilled to learn that one of its recent graduates, RENEE MARINO ’04, will play Mary Delgado in the upcoming Hollywood screen adaptation of Broadway’s “Jersey Boys,” which is to be directed by Clint Eastwood. Shooting is slated to begin this summer in Los Angeles, according to Broadway World, which broke the story last week.
Marino, whose hometown is Linden, N.J., currently plays the role of Mary Delgado, Frankie Valli’s first wife, in the Broadway production of “Jersey Boys.” Her other Broadway credits, to date, include “Wonderland” and “Chaplin.”
“Jersey Boys” is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide — all before they were 30.
“Jersey Boys” is the winner of the 2006 Best Musical Tony Award, the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, and the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical. It is directed on Broadway by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff and was written by Academy Award-winner Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.
More kudos for Wagner College Theatre alumni:
MATT BAN ’09 (Hometown: West Milford, N.J.) will have his Broadway debut performing the role of Dennis in “Rock of Ages” for 11 performances starting Oct. 31 — “and I couldn't have done it without you and everyone else at Wagner!” he told WCT’s Felicia Ruff. (Watch an interview with Matt about “Rock of Ages” on YouTube.)