Grappenhall actor swings into action for coveted Jersey Boys role

Grappenhall actor swings into action for coveted Jersey Boys role

Grappenhall actor swings into action for coveted Jersey Boys role

First published in Leisure News Warrington Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Entertainment Reporter

THEY say that men are no good at multi-tasking.

But a former Lymm High School pupil is out to prove that wrong as he warms up for one of the biggest opportunities in his acting career.

Luke Morton has been cast as a ‘swing’ in the Tony, Olivier and Grammy award-winning musical Jersey Boys.

This means the 27-year-old has to learn four roles simultaneously as an understudy and will step on the stage at a moment’s notice to provide cover when it is needed.

Luke said: “It’s the first time I’ve been a swing on a show. Usually you just focus on your own role but this time I’ll be covering four people and learning all their moves and lines at the same time.

“As you get to know the running order of the show it makes more sense but it’s a good challenge. Jersey Boys is such a cool, slick show. It’s great.”

Jersey Boys tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and their rise to stardom from the wrong side of the tracks.

The musical has scooped 55 awards and been seen by more than 19 million people since its Broadway debut in 2006 and it is coming to Palace Theatre on September 4 as part of its first UK tour.

Luke, who grew up in Grappenhall with his parents Robert and Lynn, added: “I saw Jersey Boys a few years ago and loved it. I thought it was a breath of fresh air.

“It’s almost like a Scorsese film with great music. I’ve loved rehearsing with the cast and crew. There has been a great atmosphere and it’s been all about the work so we’ve been able to crack on.”

Luke joined Warrington youth theatre group CODYS when he was about 10 and played the Artful Dodger in its production of Oliver.

He took part in all of Lymm High School’s plays and then did an acting and music sixth form course at Priestley College before going on to Liverpool Theatre School and Guildford School of Acting.

Luke has since performed in numerous productions including Sleeping Beauty at Theatre Royal Windsor, Evita’s European tour, The Beatles 50th Philharmonic Anniversary Concert at The Royal Albert Hall and The King and I at Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

His dream is to appear in a Shane Meadows film and have a lead role in a Shakespeare play.

But Luke reserved special thanks for Nick Cupit and Irene McGee from CODYS for inspiring him.

“They spurred me on to pursue my career in acting,” he said.

- Jersey Boys is at Palace Theatre from September 4 to October 4 Call 0844 871 3019 or visit atgtickets.com/manchester

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