Five seasons (and two Frankies) in one day for Jersey Boys
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Five seasons (and two Frankies) in one day for Jersey Boys

After it was announced that Bernard Angel would be leading the cast of the Australian production of Jersey Boys as Frankie Valli, audiences may be surprised to find a different actor in the role.

Ryan Gonzales as Frankie Valli at Wednesday's Jersey Boys media call.

Ryan Gonzales as Frankie Valli at Wednesday's Jersey Boys media call.Credit:Christopher Pearce

Angel has been promoted as the show's star since the cast announcement was made in October last year, but at Wednesday's media call, Ryan Gonzales performed the role.

Gonzales has been variously credited as a member of the ensemble, "alternate" Frankie and, now, the Frankie.

Fairfax Media has confirmed Gonzales has played the role at a number of preview performances and will appear in Thursday night's crucial opening night, performing for celebrities, influencers and, importantly for the show, critics.

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But reps for the show have been quick to urge that Gonzales was always the "other Frankie", and it was a mere oversight that he hasn't been credited as such.

"We meant to announce our five seasons," the show's Australian producer Rodney Rigby said.

"It was an oversight on my part."

Bernard Angel, second from left, as Frankie Valli in a publicity shot for the show.

Bernard Angel, second from left, as Frankie Valli in a publicity shot for the show.

Rigby, who also produced the last tour in Australia, said they were getting a second run of programs printed that would credit Gonzales as sharing the role with Angel.

It's not the first time the production has had a kerfuffle surrounding the role of Frankie.

Meet Australia's Jersey Boys: The big reveal when Bernard Angel was announced as Frankie Valli.

Meet Australia's Jersey Boys: The big reveal when Bernard Angel was announced as Frankie Valli.

When the show arrived in Brisbane in 2011, Dion Bilios was due to play the role of Frankie but by time the media call came around Graham Foote had taken over.

The show charts the story of The Four Seasons from singing under a lamp post in New Jersey through to the group's phenomenal success in the '60s, '70s and '80s.

The Sydney season of Jersey Boys runs until November before it heads to Melbourne and Brisbane.

Tickets are available through jerseyboys.com.au.