April 25, 2015

Photo Coverage: Jersey Boys at BC/EFA Easter Bonnet Competition!

April 25th, 2015

The 29th Annual Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Easter Bonnet Competition raised a new all-time record $4,711,386 in six weeks of nightly curtain-call appeals. Of course, the JERSEY BOYS company gave it their all, raising $142,765 for BC/EFA and taking top design honors for its shimmering crystal-and LED-covered bonnet, created by Ricky Yates. The JB company received runner-up presentation honors in their skit featuring current and alumni cast members who showed what happened when the legendary show went global. The company delivered amusing international versions of the show’s hits as performed by a mariachi band, a German oompah band, a reggae quartet and full-scale Bollywood production.

Click HERE to see Playbill.com’s photographer Monica Simoes’ fab photo coverage of the event.

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April 22, 2015

Video: @JerseyBoys UK Amazing Performance on 2015 Olivier Awards!

April 22nd, 2015

Truly amazing JERSEY BOYS London cast performance on Olivier Awards, 2015!

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Jersey Boys Natl Tour Plays Davenport through Sunday; Check Out Awesome Review!

April 22nd, 2015

JERSEY BOYS national tour plays the Adler Theatre through Sunday. Check out a snapshot of the awesome review in QCTimes.com:

It’s the music, of course, that has lingered for decades since. An onstage horn section appears and induces goosebumps on songs such as “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Who Loves You?”

It’s easy to see why the energetic “Jersey Boys” won its Tony Awards, has been a hit on tour for a decade and has been among the top requests by Adler audiences for many years.

Click HERE to read the entire review.

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April 20, 2015

Be A Backer on Travis Cloer’s (@traviscloer) Christmas At My Place Recording!

April 20th, 2015

Travis Cloer, longtime star as Frankie Valli in JERSEY BOYS VEGAS, is making a new, fully orchestrated Christmas record. Old school meets new school for the holidays and Travis is looking for backers on KickStarter.com!

On his KickStarter page, Travis states: I’m not making just another Christmas record. I’m making THE Christmas record. This will be the record you have to listen to each Holiday season. It will be timeless. Whether you are toasting your friends at a party, wrapping presents for your family, or sitting by the fire on a snowy Christmas Eve, “Christmas at My Place” will be the soundtrack to your holiday season for years to come. I’ll be doing brand new, fully orchestrated arrangements of some of the best Holiday songs out there, including a new swingin’ tune by my music director, & Vegas favorite, Keith Thompson, called CHRISTMAS IS MY FAVORITE.

Click HERE to read more from Travis about his amazing project and to become a backer!

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April 16, 2015

Throwback Thursday: The 4 Seasons 2nd Vault of Golden Hits Album Cover, 1966! #tbt

April 16th, 2015

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Let’s go back to 1966 with The 4 Seasons on their 2nd Vault of Golden Hits album!

Does anyone have this in their collection?

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Preview of @broadwayworld Interview with Matthew Dailey (@mdailey88)!

April 16th, 2015
Matthew Dailey, Tommy DeVito in JB natl tour

Matthew Dailey, Tommy DeVito in JB natl tour

BroadwayWold.com’s Jeffrey Karasarides has a terrific Q&A with JERSEY BOYS national tour’s Tommy DeVito, Matthew Dailey! Check out the preview below:

JK: What have you been enjoying most about traveling around the country doing Jersey Boys?

MD: Other than doing the show, which is a blast to do day-in and day-out. I love traveling around, getting to see every part of the country that may not otherwise get to visit. Just last week, we played in Austin, Texas. It was a blast, the culture was great, the food was incredible, the music team was awesome, it was all great. So traveling around getting to experience parts of the country that you might not otherwise get to see.

JK: How do you keep up with performing eight times a week?

MD: You have to get a lot of rest, hydrate lots of water, not too many late nights, stay active, and just take care of my body.

JK: Prior to joining the show, how familiar were you with The Four Seasons?

MD: More familiar than I thought. The first time I saw the show, I didn’t know much about them. I knew the song Sherry and I knew Oh, What a Night and some of the bigger ones, but there’s a lot of other songs I obviously knew, I just didn’t know that they were by The Four Seasons. I think that’s kind of the consensus through most of those who see the show every night where at times they’d go ‘I didn’t know they sang this, and I didn’t know they sang that too, wow, they sang a lot’. There’s a whole page in the program dedicated to the songs that didn’t even make it into the show, there were so many songs that they did.

Click HERE to read the entire interview.

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April 15, 2015

Jersey Boys Natl Tour Plays Ft. Wayne through Sunday; Check Out Review on FortWayne.com!

April 15th, 2015

The JERSEY BOYS national tour plays Ft. Wayne at the Embassy Theatre through Sunday. Check out an excerpt of the review on FortWayne.com!

The one thing that really helped propel the story and keep the show entertaining was the fast-paced and seamless moving of set pieces by various cast members as they entered and exited the stage.

Characters breezed into and out of the stage like ghosts from the past as they highlighted various scenes from the Four Seasons’ life.

The whole show seemed to flow well and was brisk and funny and at moments touching.

The packed house seemed to thoroughly enjoy the show and the musical high point for the audience, and I as well, was the song “Can’t Take My Eyes off You,” which was made much more appealing by the background story of the struggle to get the song released and played on the radio.

The audience roared its approval at the end of the song and again at the end of the night with a standing ovation.

Click HERE to read the entire review.

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April 11, 2015

Video: Watch JB Natl Tour on WNCN!

April 11th, 2015

WNCN: News, Weather, Raleigh, Durham, Fayetteville

Enjoy the JB natl tour on WNCN earlier this week!

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Jersey Boys Delights Audiences In Durham!

April 11th, 2015

Check out snapshots of Durham critics’ rave reviews of the JB tour in Durham (playing through tomorrow at DPAC):

HeraldSun.com: The musical really does have it all – songs we know and love already, an interesting story and a quick pace to the show. You won’t look at your watch during this one. It moves fast, and at the end leaves you happy not just because it was a great performance, but also because it used theater to share the human experience. Even millionaires have troubles. Even celebrities argue amongst each other. Even a blue-collar kid from Jersey can become a star.

TriangleArtsandEntertainment.org: Fortunately, the four main actors prove more than capable of handling these character roles. Milanes has the perfect voice to play Valli, as well as the perfect measure of boyish charm. Keith Hines is bitterly funny and likeable as Nick Massi, and Drew Seeley subtly portrays the seething genius of Bob Gaudio. The real standout here, however, is Matthew Dailey’s portray of Tommy. Tommy could, by some, be termed the villain of the show, but this story and the characters are so well-rounded that there really aren’t any villains here…just believable young boys with different temperaments and demons trying to deal with their new-found fame. Dailey’s version of Tommy proves a deep understanding of the script’s complexity. With a cocky swagger and a mastery of the Jersey accent, Dailey brings to life a Tommy that, in spite of his many, many flaws, is loveable…in a smarmy kind of way. He provides some of the show’s most comic and genuinely entertaining moments.

Of course, there’s no shortage of entertaining moments here. Sergio Trujillo’s bubbly and 60s-authentic choreography, Jess Goldstein’s glitzy costume design, and the smash-hit soundtrack full of classic-but-still-catchy songs all work together to ensure Jersey Boys is nothing short of a hit. This inspiring and heartwarming story will enthrall everyone, regardless of their background knowledge (or lack thereof) of the band because, at the end of the day, this isn’t a story about a band, but a story about boys who become brothers. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 8, 2015

Photo Coverage: Jersey Boys Broadway Cast at Buco di Beppo

April 8th, 2015
Matt Bogart, Richard H. Blake, Joseph Leo Bwarie and Quinn VanAntwerp of the cast of Broadway's 'Jersey Boys' visit Buca di Beppo Times Square on April 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dustin Harris/Getty Images)

Matt Bogart, Richard H. Blake, Joseph Leo Bwarie and Quinn VanAntwerp of the cast of Broadway’s ‘Jersey Boys’ visit Buca di Beppo Times Square on April 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dustin Harris/Getty Images)

The JERSEY BOYS Broadway Four Seasons had their hands dipped in marinara and put on canvas for the wall of fame yesterday at Buca di Beppo Times Square!

Click HERE to view all the photos from this fun event!

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April 7, 2015

JB Natl Tour Plays Durham Tonight through 4/12; Check Out Sneak Peek of Interview with @DrewSeeley!

April 7th, 2015

JERSEY BOYS begins a second run at the Durham Performing Arts Center tonight through April 12. Check out a sneak peek below:

Drew Seeley plays Bob Gaudio in the current tour. He spoke with The Herald-Sun by phone during the week off the cast had during the nine-month tour.

Seeley joined the “Jersey Boys” tour in October and will be part of it through its run in Japan this summer. The show is so much fun, he said. He saw it in Las Vegas three years ago and loved it.

“I connect with my character in the show, Bob, as I’m a songwriter myself. He doesn’t need to be in the spotlight…but he has that moment,” he said. Seeley feels he’s also that laid back guy who loves doing both — writing and performing.

As a singer and songwriter, Seeley has been releasing a new song every month this year.

“I’m releasing my own stuff and writing for other artists,” he said.

Seeley credits the decade-long success of the “Jersey Boys” musical to the incredible story, great music and seeing what they went through. He already heard a lot of the Four Seasons’ songs, as his parents played their music.

“Everything is so catchy — melodies get stuck in your head,” he said.

Click HERE to read the entire interview with Drew.

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April 6, 2015

Douglas Crawford Day–Fan Photos Throughout the Years!

April 6th, 2015

Enjoy the fun photos of Doug Crawford and fans throughout the years!

Break a leg, Doug–on your future endeavors!

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April 5, 2015

It’s Douglas Crawford Day on JBB–Share Your Memories & Well-Wishes!

April 5th, 2015

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After appearing in four different JERSEY BOYS companies over the last eight years, the amazingly talented cast member Douglas Crawford will be playing his final performance in JB Las Vegas tonight!

Since beginning with JERSEY BOYS, Doug has played eight different tracks, appearing in events all around the world, numerous television appearances, hundreds of performances, and thousands of hours of rehearsal. He will be leaving the show to pursue new adventures, challenges, opportunities, and triumphs.

As a swing cast member, Doug could go on as Bob Crewe, Nick Massi, or Handsome Hank, and so many other roles–any night of the week. No matter what role he was playing, we could always count on Doug to always greet the fans post-show and take the time to chat and get to know each and every one of us. Always remembering our birthdays, our hometowns (yes, Doug & I have a Buckeye connection), and so much more. Not only has he given 150% in whatever role he is playing on stage, but even bigger kudos to Doug as a genuinely thoughtful and great guy who has always been a marvelous supporter of Jersey Boys Blog.

We want to thank Doug for all of the Jersey Boys memories in four fabulous companies, congratulate him on his fantastic success with the show, and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

To quote Bob Gaudio in JERSEY BOYS, Doug Crawford, this is your time!

Please join us in sharing your memories and well-wishes as Doug says farewell tonight, Jersey-Style!

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April 4, 2015

What’s on TV Tonight? @HBO Premiere of #JerseyBoysMovie!

April 4th, 2015

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Who’s watching HBO tonight?!

From New York Times: 8 P.M. (HBO) JERSEY BOYS (2014) Clint Eastwood transfers the Tony-winning Broadway show about the Four Seasons and its frontman, Frankie Valli (John Lloyd Young), set amid the Mafia milieu of 1950s New Jersey, onto the screen. Christopher Walken plays Gyp DeCarlo, the Genovese crime family member who watched over the boys; Mike Doyle is Bob Crewe, the producer who, starting in 1962, helps the ensemble (rounded out by Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda and Vincent Piazza) mine gold with the hits “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like a Man.” “ ‘Jersey Boys’ is a strange movie, and it’s a Clint Eastwood enterprise, both reasons to see it,” Manohla Dargis wrote in The New York Times about the film, written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, who also wrote the musical. “For those with a love of doo-wop, it also provides a toe-tapping, ear-worming stroll down rock ‘n’ roll memory lane that dovetails with that deeply cherished American song and dance about personal triumph over adversity through hard work, tough times and self-sacrifice.”

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Video Promoting The Midtown Men In Concert To Benefit Wounded Warrior Project 4/9 at Tarrytown Music Hall!

April 4th, 2015

Fun Midtown Men video promoting the concert on April 9 at Tarrytown Music Hall!

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For information about underwriting the event, sponsorships, journal ads or other event details, please contact Pat Palumbo at [email protected] or 917-673-0830.

Tickets are available at $50.00, $100.00, $150.00 and a VIP ticket at $250.00, which includes a pre-show VIP Cocktail Party with The Midtown Men.

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March 30, 2015

Newsflash: Jersey Boys Named Best Musical in ‘Best of Las Vegas’ for Second Straight Year! @traviscloer @graham_fenton @jasonkappus

March 30th, 2015
Full Jersey Boys Las Vegas Company  (Photo Credit: Joan-Marcus)

Full Jersey Boys Las Vegas Company (Photo Credit: Joan-Marcus)

The results of the 2015 34th annual “Best of Las Vegas” poll were published in the Las Vegas Review-Journal today with great news for JERSEY BOYS! For the second consecutive year, the JERSEY BOYS Las Vegas production was named “Best Musical” by the LVRJ staff!

Let’s just say the movie version directed by Clint Eastwood didn’t sell quite as many tickets for him as “American Sniper.” But last summer’s oddly flat movie adaptation of JERSEY BOYS just made us appreciate even more the vibrant stage musical bio of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Click here to check out the entire list of winners.

Congratulations to the entire company of JERSEY BOYS Las Vegas on their latest honor!

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March 28, 2015

#JerseyBoysMovie Premieres Next Saturday, 4/4/15 on HBO!

March 28th, 2015

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Countdown to #JERSEYBOYSMOVIE HBO premiere–one week from tonight–4/4/15!

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Jersey Boys Is Awesome in Austin!

March 28th, 2015

JERSEY BOYS national tour plays Austin at the Bass Concert Hall through tomorrow. Check out snapshots of the rave reviews:

BroadwayWorld.com: This touring production was directed by Des McAnuff, who directed the Broadway production. Not having seen the original production, I can’t imagine it being any more sharp, powerful and tight than the touring production. Everything about this show is top notch: from Sergio Trujilo’s choreography and Michael Clark’s projection design, all the way down to Klara Zieglerova’s ever changing, yet static set, everything combines to deliver an electrifying and entertaining evening.

Rebekkah Adams, AskMissa.com: Some of the highlights include crowd pleaser “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” which brought the house down both in the play and in real life. By the end, we see a holistic view of a flawed group, celebrating their triumphs and feeling their tragedies with them.

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March 26, 2015

Throwback Thursday: The Four Seasons, circa 1965! #tbt

March 26th, 2015
The Four Seasons, circa 1965-Bob Gaudio, Charlie Calello, Tommy DeVito, and Frankie Valli

The Four Seasons, circa 1965-Bob Gaudio, Charlie Calello, Tommy DeVito, and Frankie Valli (Photo Credit: uniqueguitarblogspot.com

Cool photo of The Four Seasons, probably taken around 1965 when Charlie Calello was part of the group.

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