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Do you ever read reviews?
Matt Hunt: There haven't been many reviews of the new cast but if there are any on Twitter, I will read them. It's aways good to get feedback and because we’re all new Seasons, it’s nice to hear what someone who has seen the show with a different cast, thinks. To me it’s all about the company rather than the individual or individual praise. It’s got to be about the show as a whole, not because Frankie is amazing etc.
Declan Egan: And what critics say, isn’t always what you go by because you know, we have standing ovations every night. So if someone does come in and say something negative about Jersey Boys, you also have to take that with a grain of salt and be like that’s your opinion because we have just had a sold out audience on their feet

You perform eight shows a week. That's no part-time job. How do you switch off?
Matt Hunt: You never stop being a Jersey Boy!
Declan Egan: Once you’re a Jersey Boy, you’re always a Jersey Boy! Um… I guess the key is to keep a normal routine. We both train at F45 which is an Aussie fitness brand, that has just opened up in London Bridge. So yes having another focus like fitness or reading..
Matt Hunt: Or movies, writing songs  - it all helps. And you have to have people around you, who keep you grounded. Personally though I go to the gym a lot - that’s my release.

What has been the proudest moment of your career?
Good question.
Declan Egan: I'd say making my West End debut in Jersey Boys is on a par with working in the US with The Book of Mormon. Working in the UK was tangible because of my dual citizenship, but to audition [in the UK] for The Book of Mormon in America - and then be shipped over to the States made me very proud. It meant I got there by myself - they really wanted me.
Matt Hunt: That's awesome Declan. My proudest moment? It was when my brother - we're like best mates - first saw me performing in a professional show. He came up afterwards and was in tears and said to me: "You’ve made it, Matt." That was really cool. I will never forget that moment - just seeing his face.

Left to right: Declan Egan, Simon Bailey, Matt Corner and Matt Hunt in Jersey Boys. Image credit: Brinkhoff & Mögenburg

What was the last show you saw?
Declan Egan: Sunset Boulevard. I try to go see a show at least once a month. I immerse myself in the arts - whether it's musical theatre, straight plays, cinema, art galleries… I'm always doing something cultural.
Matt Hunt: The last show I saw was probably Guys and Dolls at The Savoy, a few months ago. To be honest on my day off, I don’t want to go back into town and see a musical theatre show. Plus I didn’t grow up with musical theatre: I grew up with rock bands and so, on a day off, I’d rather go and see a band. New music is my thing. That’s not to say that I don't  love musical theatre and appreciate the talent and hard work that goes into a show, but you have to switch off sometimes.

Which of the Four Seasons' iconic hits, do you enjoy singing the most?
Matt Hunt: I always used to like Working My Way Back To You… It's such a good song and it hits you in the face when you're in the audience and you see the three boys come down the middle of the stage… But now that I am playing Nick, I think a really well written song is My Eyes Adored You. You can’t not like it. It’s a classic love song that everyone can relate to. 
Declan Egan: Mine would be Who Loves You… it’s so slick and such a crowd pleaser  - and it also pleases the cast! We all have a great time with that one.
Matt Hunt:  And Beggin… There's so many fantastic songs in Jersey Boys.
Declan Egan: Yeah - my favourites are always changing!

How long are you planning on being in the UK?
Both: Our contracts are until March 2017 but we have dual citizenship so - as long as Britain stays in the EU and we have work - there’s no pressure to leave.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Matt Hunt: I just think it’s cool that Australian talent can come over to the West End and show the Brits what we can do! Unfortunately there’s not a whole lot of work in Australia right now, and I think it’s great that Aussies can come over here and kick some arse!

Thanks boys!

Catch Declan and Matt as Bob Gaudio and Nick Massi in Jersey Boys at the Piccadilly Theatre (16 Denman Street, London, W1D 7DY; Tuesdays-Saturdays at 7.30pm, Tuesday & Saturday matinees at 3pm, Sundays at 5pm; 0844 871 7630;

The cast of Jersey Boys,  credit: Brinkhoff & Mögenburg


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