Jersey Guys is made up of a hugely talented cast of professional performers with extensive training from dramatic / performing / theatrical / musical arts schools and/or with several years of experience and professional credits as performers.
MATT THORPE – Frankie Valli
Matt graduated from Phil Winstons Theatreworks in 2008 and has since gone on to carve himself a successful career in Musical Theatre with roles in We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), Mamma Mia (Prince Of Wales Theatre), Hairspray (UK Tour) and High School Musical 2 (UK Tour). With his phenomenal, stratospheric rock falsetto vocals, Matt was cast as Frankie Valli /Joe Pesci in the West End production of Jersey Boys in 2014 before
relinquishing the role in 2016 to star as the lead, Johnny, in Green Day’s explosive, Tony Award winning musical American Idiot at the Arts Theatre. In 2017, Matt sung his way into the final of Gary Barlow’s Let It Shine with the BBC as one of the stand out performers, receiving critical acclaim from the judges at audition and after every performance. Matt returned to Jersey Boys once again in 2018/19 in the UK Tour as cover Frankie Valli. When the pandemic struck and theatres and entertainment venues closed their doors, Matt started his
very own furniture business ‘Urban Groove Furniture’ making stunning pieces of bespoke furniture to order and continues to run the business alongside performing.
KIERAN PARROTT – Frankie Valli
Kieran graduated from the Liverpool Institute of Performing arts back in 2014 with a BA in Acting and Musical Theatre. Since then he has steadily forged himself a successful career within the industry with credits including ‘Fanny and Stella’ (Above the Stage), ‘Riff’ in ‘West Side Story’ for the Barbican’s 100 year celebration of Bernstein’s music (BBC Orchestra) and as ‘Denny’ in the UK premier of ‘Life Could be a Dream’. His work has also expanded overseas as a resident vocalist in Majorca singing the songs of Frank Sinatra, Elton John and Barry Manilow, and has appeared as ‘Carter Thicke’ on ITV’s ‘Autopsy and the Last Hours of Alan Thicke’. Each year, Kieran ends his year in panto, most recently in Jack and the Beanstalk at Welwyn Garden City for the fourth year
JORDAN WILLIAM – Bob Gaudio
Prior to joining Jersey Guys, Jordan attended the renowned Jackie Palmer Stage School as a child studying all forms of dance and musical theatre, and making several appearances for film and television. He made his adult stage debut in several musical review shows with Leading Lights Theatre Company under the tutorship of West End Musical Director and RADA vocal coach, Tom Wakeley and IDTA dance teacher and producer, Gillian Gray. An avid Dean Martin fan, Jordan has toured nationally with the UK Rat Pack Event singing the songs of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jnr. Having joined the company in 2012, Jordan is one of Jersey Guys longest serving cast members and still loves the show as much as he did nine years ago!
CHRIS WARNER DRAKE – Tommy DeVito
Having studied a 3 year national diploma in professional dance at Trinity College, Chris went on to study the 3 year acting course at the Arts Educational School, laying the foundations for a fruitful career in film, television and musical theatre. Chris’ theatre credits include Titanic the Musical; Mama Mia! (International tour), Starlight Express (Germany); Chicago (Cambridge Theatre, UK tour & International); Hairspray; Priscila Queen of the Desert (Palace Theatre); Ghost (Asia tour); and Broadway and Beyond (UK tour). A true musical talent, Chris can play both the trumpet and piano, reaching Grade 7 in the latter and grade 5 in music theory. In 2019 Chris starred in the revived West End production of Chicago with Cuba Gooding Jr. as Fred Casely and Billy Flynn. His film credits include Thor: The Dark World, Jack and the Giant
Slayer and Captain America.
MATTHEW ATKINS – Tommy DeVito
Matthew Atkins studied Royal Central School Of Speech and Drama/Birmingham Conservatoire. His theatre credits include Persuasion (UK Tour), Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (Uk Tour), Annie Get Your Gun (Betley Court Farm), The Choir Of Man (NCL), News Revue (Canal Cafe), Paper Hearts (Edinburgh, London, Hamburg), Ukip: The Musical! (Waterloo East) and The Sorcerers Apprentice (Above The Arts). A true musical talent, Matt also plays violin and has musicians credits in Blondel (The Union) and Sweeney Todd (Twickenham).
PETER WILLOUGHBY – Tommy DeVito/Nick Massi
Peter left a path of technology to pursue his passion in performing, first working as a Guitar/Vocalist in Australia, New Zealand and Tenerife (2011) before settling in London in 2012. Since then he’s acted, played, modelled and sung in such venues as Wembley Stadium, St James’s Palace and Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey), and in countries as far and away as China and Japan (Skysea, 2015). He was an active face in the Off-West End scene before working in the far East, appearing in Tim Thomas’ “Shellshock” (Musical) and TKD Productions’ “San Domino” (Musical) in 2014. He worked closely with Bourne Leisure to pioneer their domestic Theatre Company, working as a lead Singer/Dancer in their “MJ Legend” show, paying homage to the great man, as well as performing tributes to Abba, UK Britpop, and classic rock in additional shows (2016). He can be seen portraying the late Prince George, Duke of Kent in UKTV’s “Royal Murder Mysteries” (2017).
ADAM CHRISTOPHER RHYS – Nick Massi
Adam was a student of the renowned Jackie Palmer Stage School as a child and has since trained in drama and musical theatre at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, The Poor School and Workhouse Theatre and Leading Lights Theatre Company. Over the past 11 years Adam has toured nationwide as a specialist swing singer and in various musical review shows. In 2010 & 2011 he played the role of Pierre in regional production of Joan of Arc and in 2012, in the West End production of WAG: The Musical. In 2013 he was lead vocalist for NCL in ‘Band on the Run’ and as Ringmaster in cirque show Le Cirque Bijou with NCL. In 2014 he took the lead in new musical Looks Like Love for shows in the London and Paris, reprising the role again in 2015 and 2018. In 2020, Adam joined the tour production of Jersey Boys with NCL in the USA, once again playing the role of Nick Massi. Adam has featured prominently with the Jersey Guys since 2010 in the role of Nick Massi as well as choreographing, producing and directing the show since 2013.
JAMES GULLIFORD – Nick Massi
James studied and trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London. Since graduating his theatre credits include Hobson’s Choice (Theatre on the Coast); War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience; The Taking Room (Tristan Bates Theatre) Salad Days (UK Tour); Iolanthe (UKTour); Labyrinth (Hampstead Theatre); The Stripper (The Other Palace); Father God (Brighton Fringe); Broadway and Beyond (UK Tour); Pentecost (Derby LIVE); West Side Story (Victoria Warehouse); The Dreaming (Rose Theatre Kingston); The Ragged Child (Rose Theatre Kingston) Television and film credits include Chris Wilson in My Online Nightmare (Channel 4); Finn in The Langford Loop (Lamont Pictures); Gary in Sleep Tight, and Don’t Let the Existential Crisis Bite (These People Make Pictures); James in Naations – We Want More (Greatcoat Films); Nicholas in Nicolas & Alexandra: The Letters (Back2Back Productions).
JOEY DEXTER – Frankie Valli/Swing
Joey began his training at an early age as choral scholar at Ampleforth College, performing locally in musical theatre, choirs and pop bands before attending the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). Since then, Joey’s work has been diverse performing many operas including; ‘Carmen’,’Vanessa’ and Handel’s ‘Xerxes’; he covered the role of Eurimaco in Monteverdi’s ‘Il Ritorno d’Ulisse’; played the role of Milhin in ‘Paradise Moscow’, as well as roles in musical theatre such ‘Into the Woods’ and RNCM’s production of ‘Company’. He has held concerts of William Walton’s ‘Facade’, sung in the chorus for varoious and for the RNCM Chamber Choir. Other engagements include the chorus’ of ‘Aida, Die Fledermaus’ and L’Elisir D’Amore with Opera de Bauge and the London Contemporary Theatre Company’s UK tour of ‘Great Expectations’ as Magwycz and Mister Jaggers.Joey also performs for groups ‘Under the Covers’, ‘Melodico Ensemble’ and ‘Opera on the Run’. For several years Joey has been a regular in the Thursford Christmas Spectacular and most recently delivered an astonishing, critically acclaimed performance in the run of Children of Eden at the Union Theatre. Joeys training and talent has seen him play three of the four possible roles in Jersey Guys!
LUCY BOSHER – The Jersey Girls/Dance Captain
Lucy completed her training at Urdang Academy in London, graduating with a Trinity Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre, which she topped up to a BA (Hons) Professional Practice Degree (Choreography & Teaching Dance). Since then she has completed her Fellowship in Musical Theatre with The London College of Music, her APTD in teaching tap, DDI in Cecchetti Ballet and is finishing off her DDE. Lucy has performed as a solo/ensemble vocalist and dancer and has choreographed for productions such as Musical Dance & Divas 1, 2 & 3 (Princes Hall), Alice in Wonderland (Immersive Theatre), Now 90s Musical with Jarred Christmas (Edinburgh Festival, BBC Comedy Stage). She performs as a soloist for her own post-modern jazz band Swing17 and is a soloist and choreographer for The Ladies in Red cabaret group, plus is Principal at The YEM Theatre School, Hampshire, home to many young aspiring performers.
ANNA JANE HART – The Jersey Girls
A Bird College graduate, Anna’s first professional contract was in Mumbai, India where she appeared in numerous Bollywood films, live performances and music videos with the likes of Kylie Minogue and Marty Kudelka (choreographer for Justin Timberlake). Since her return to the UK, Anna has been in the original cast for several new musicals performing with West End star Julie Atherton; on the BBC Comedy stage at the Edinburgh festival with comedian Jared Christmas, and as a backing vocalist for singer for Michael Xavier at the What’s On Stage Awards. In 2012 Anna performed at the Olympic Closing Ceremony and more recently, she was backing dancer for The Vamps at Wembley Stadium during the Heineken Cup, featured as the lead female in The Octaves and Matthew Lee’s new music video, and can be seen on your TV set in a variety of commercials.
RACHEL HOLLOWAY – The Jersey Girls
Rachel has enjoyed dancing and performing from a young age. Growing up, she starred in countless shows and Youth Theatre productions at her local dance school. Looking to take her passion a step further into the professional world, she went on to train at Studio La Pointe in Leeds, completing a three year Musical Theatre course, graduating with Distinction. Having also trained in gymnastics, Rachel has recently added aerial skills to her extensive performance repertoire.
Her professional career has taken her around the world performing as a dancer in the Show Team on Fred Olsen and Saga Cruise lines. She has also performed in a UK Theatre Tour performing on stages in London, Birmingham and Scotland to name a few. Rachel’s TV debut was aired on Sky Sports at Alexandra Palace, London where she danced at the World Darts Championships with the ‘International Allstarzz’. Other work includes cabaret, corporate events, contemporary dance company and pantomime.
Rachel is a supremely talented dancer – She’s quick, sharp and sassy and with her sizzling energy and zest for performing, she is a real asset on stage. She is excited to be part of the cast of Jersey Guys and is loves performing in their stage show ‘The Night!’.