May 11, 2017

Jersey Boys Natl Tour Sensational in San Diego!

May 11th, 2017
The national touring production of "Jersey Boys" plays through May 14 at the San Diego Civic Theatre.It stars, from left, Aaron De Jesus as Franki Valli, Cory Jeacoma as Bob Gaudio, Matthew Dailey as Tommy DeVito and Keith Hines as Nick Massi. (Broadway/San Diego)

The national touring production of “Jersey Boys” plays through May 14 at the San Diego Civic Theatre.It stars, from left, Aaron De Jesus as Franki Valli, Cory Jeacoma as Bob Gaudio, Matthew Dailey as Tommy DeVito and Keith Hines as Nick Massi. (Broadway/San Diego)

The JB national tour is rocking on their return to San Diego the San Diego Civic Theatre, just a few miles from where it all began in 2004!

Check out a sneak peek of a review by Pam Kragen:

As Frankie, Aaron De Jesus re-creates Valli’s ear-rattling high notes but adds some surprising dance moves. Cory Jeacoma has an upbeat, boyish freshness and strong singing ability as Bob Gaudio, whose lifelong friendship and business agreement with Valli was sealed with a handshake.

Matthew Dailey carries off the wise guy bluster of Tommy, and the funny, monotone Keith Hines steals most of his scenes as Nick, the self-described “Ringo” of the quartet.

There’s also nice support work from Barry Anderson as the group’s flamboyant producer Bob Crewe, Thomas Fiscella as gangster Gyp DeCarlo and Jonny Wexler as “Joey,” the exuberant agent-in-training who went on to Oscar-winning stardom (Joe Pesci). Not all of the voices in the ensemble are ear-pleasing and on Wednesday night, sound issues made some singers sound especially shrill.

Click HERE to read the entire review.

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May 3, 2017

Happy Birthday to the One & Only Frankie Valli! @frankievalli

May 3rd, 2017

Please join us in wishing pop star extraordinaire Frankie Valli a very happy 83rd birthday today!

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April 14, 2017

Video: Original Jersey Boys Cast Member Heather Pond’s Adorable Twins Get Ready to Sleep Listening to @JerseyBabys Recording!

April 14th, 2017

Sometimes it just clicks with people–to quote Nick Massi in JERSEY BOYS! These adorable twins are definitely clicking with the Jersey Babys recording, arent they?

Original JB cast member Heather Pond and her husband have created a wonderful video with their twin boys and the Jersey Babys recording that was produced by Danielle Gaudio-Lalehzar and her father Bob Gaudio back in 2008!

Trust me–you’ll want to play this again & again!

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April 9, 2017

Broadway Stars Including #JerseyBoys Alumni to Light Up @SubCulture_NYC at @NFHopeConcert on May 8! @jeffleibow

April 9th, 2017

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BROADWAY STARS TO LIGHT UP SUBCULTURE NEW YORK FOR NF HOPE CONCERT ON MAY 8
CHAD KIMBALL, THE DOO WOP PROJECT, AARON RAMEY AND MORE LEAD LINEUP–Tickets on Sale Now!

NEW YORK (April 3, 2017) – An impressive collection of Broadway talent will come together Monday, May 8, 2017 for New York City’s inaugural “NF Hope Concert” at SubCulture New York.

Benefit organizer Jeff Leibow, formerly of JERSEY BOYS, has brought together an incredible list of Broadway elite, including Mary Callanan (Bandstand, Mama Mia), The Doo Wop Project (with Tony Nominee Charl Brown, Russell Fischer, Dwayne Milan, Dominic Nolfi, Dominic Scaglione Jr.), Chad Kimball (Tony Award nominee, Come From Away, Memphis), Laurel Harris (Beautiful, In Transit, Wicked), Rob Marnell (Beautiful, Jersey Boys), Aaron Ramey (The Bridges Of Madison County, Curtains, Young Frankenstein), Jenny Lee Stern (Rocky, Jersey Boys), Nasia Thomas (Beautiful) and more for a spectacular evening of entertainment to raise awareness and financial support for Neurofibromatosis Network, an organization dedicated to families and individuals suffering from Neurofibromatosis (NF).

“We are blown away by the generosity of the Broadway community,” says Leibow. “We have had so many performers offering to be a part of this inaugural New York event, we have had to turn some away.”

Tickets start at $75 and are available online at http://nfhope.org/NYCConcert. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 26, 2017

Farewell to @JerseyBoysUK on Their Successful Run! Share Your Well Wishes & Memories!

March 26th, 2017

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Today marks JERSEY BOYS London’s phenomenal run in London after over NINE glorious years!

Congratulations and all the best to current and former cast and crew members! Please share your well wishes and memories of this awesome company on their amazing run.

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March 8, 2017

Jersey Boys Natl Tour Awesome in Omaha!

March 8th, 2017
Jersey Boys National Tour Company (Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel)

Jersey Boys National Tour Company (Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel)

Absolutely splendid JB national tour review from Omaha! Check out a sneak peek:

The traveling Broadway show — presented by Omaha Performing Arts — started a six-day run Tuesday night at the Orpheum Theater.

Guys who play Valli in the show attend an intensive Frankie Camp to learn the character, and De Jesus must have been an attentive student. He was made for the part: short in stature but long on talent. If anything, his crisp and clear falsetto voice is a tad higher than Valli’s. For me, he ceased being an actor and became the lead singer of the Seasons.

The show takes you through Valli’s earliest ventures into music with DeVito, who, like Massi, had several stays in jail. It tells the story of how Joey (Jonny Wexler), later known as actor Joe Pesci, introduced songwriter Gaudio to the guys, which changed everything. He’d already written a couple of hits, including “Short Shorts.”

There’s marriage, divorce, group battles over money and other issues, encounters with mobsters, a musical breakup and family tragedy.

All four of the guys nailed the Jersey persona. Hines was particularly good as the taciturn Massi, spouting his lines in a somewhat menacing monotone. A scene in which he becomes uncorked is especially funny.

Visit Omaha.com to read the whole review!

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March 2, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Today in Four Seasons Music History-March 2, 1963-Walk Like A Man Tops the Billboard Hot 100 Chart! @frankievalli #TBT

March 2nd, 2017

Fifty-four years ago today, The Four Seasons were on top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart with their third consecutive No. 1 single, WALK LIKE A MAN!

Truth be told, my all-time favorite Four Seasons masterpiece! Who agrees?

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Photo Coverage: Michael Longoria (@LONGORIASINGS) at The View UpStairs Opening Night Party with Daniel Reichard (@DanielReichard)!

March 2nd, 2017

Michael Longoria is currently starring in The View UpStairs – the provocative new musical written by Max Vernon and directed by Scott Ebersold – at Culture Project – The Lynn Redgrave (45 Bleecker Street). The View UpStairs pulls you inside the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant ’70s gay bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Check out a sneak peek of Linda Lenzi’s great photos below! For full photo coverage of the opening night party, visit BroadwayWorld.com.

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Michael Longoria

Michael Longoria and Daniel Reichard

Michael Longoria and Daniel Reichard

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February 16, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Jersey Boys OBC Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, 2006! #TBT

February 16th, 2017

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Thanks to @JerseyBoysUK’s Twitter feed, we have a photo of the Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, 2006 for the awesome JERSEY BOYS Original Broadway Cast Recording! This award was announced during 2007 awards ceremony.

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February 11, 2017

Video: Fantastic @JerseyBoysUK Performance on BBC One!

February 11th, 2017

Wow! Why has something like this never been done before in JERSEY BOYS?! Enjoy this fantastic medley of hits with the 16 Seasons!

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February 3, 2017

Photo Coverage: Jersey Boys La Jolla Playhouse Four Seasons–Christian Hoff, David Norona, Daniel Reichard, and J. Robert Spencer Reunion! @TheMidtownMen @JRSPENCERTMM @DanielReichard @MrChristianHoff @dnorona1972

February 3rd, 2017
David Norona, J. Robert Spencer, Christian Hoff, and Daniel Reichard

David Norona, J. Robert Spencer, Christian Hoff, and Daniel Reichard

Thank you to The Midtown Men for sharing this fabulous photo of the La Jolla Playhouse JERSEY BOYS Four Seasons: Christian Hoff, David Norona, Daniel Reichard, and J. Robert Spencer. The guys caught up with David during their trip to perform in California! Oh, What A Reunion!!

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January 15, 2017

Photo Flashback of Jersey Boys Broadway Fans, Part 1!

January 15th, 2017

So many incredible memories and thanks for fans all over sharing some wonderful photos!

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Photo Flashback: Jersey Boys Broadway Four Seasons Through the Years! #OhWhatARun

January 15th, 2017

Just a little trip down memory lane with all the actors who have brought the story of The Four Seasons to life on stage over 11 years!

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January 12, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Jersey Boys Broadway in the Early Days! #TBT #OhWhatARun @JerseyBoysInfo

January 12th, 2017

Look at me, I’m tearing up…It’s time for some photo snapshots of the last 11 years of JERSEY BOYS! Enjoy the early days, when it was all still ahead of this amazing company–from the first press photo to the big win at the Tony Awards!

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January 10, 2017

Jersey Boys Broadway Takes Final Bow on Sunday–Please Share Your Memories & Well-Wishes!

January 10th, 2017

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We all know JERSEY BOYS is “ending much to soon” for all of us–but Sunday, January 15th is just days away! With only eight shows left to go, let’s get this salute started!

Please share your well wishes to past and present JB cast & crew, your memories, and anything else you would like to express! Let’s keep going and going and going–letting the cast, crew, and of course the creative team know how much JERSEY BOYS has meant to us over the last 11+ years (truth be told, 12 years–for some of us who experienced the WOW! at La Jolla Playhouse)!

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Jersey Boys Natl Tour Plays Toledo 1/10-15; Check Out Sneak Peek of Interview with Aaron De Jesus!

January 10th, 2017
Keith Hines, Aaron De Jesus, Cory Jeacoma and Matthew Dailey (Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel)

Keith Hines, Aaron De Jesus, Cory Jeacoma and Matthew Dailey (Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel)

The JERSEY BOYS national tour company will be playing Toledo at the Stranahan Theater from Jan 10-15 and Sue Brickey of The Toledo Blade has a terrific interview with Aaron De Jesus, who plays Frankie Valli! Below is a sneak peek:

De Jesus has met Valli several times. “He comes to see the show from time to time,” the actor said, “and he’s seen me play him once, which was a neat experience — a little bit nerve-racking, but exciting.”

What did Valli think?

“He complimented me and said I did a great job,” said De Jesus, who has been playing Valli on the tour for about a year and a half and appeared in the Joe Pesci role in the Las Vegas Jersey Boys for about three and a half years, understudying the Valli role.

“When it comes to singing, Frankie and I have a similar tone quality to our voices, and so it’s not easy, but it’s easier for me to replicate his sound, the style he sang.”

In Jersey Boys he is “not trying to do a carbon copy [of Valli], or an impersonation,” adding that as an actor he brings his personality to the role.

Click HERE to read the entire article.

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Jersey Boys Remains In Millionaire’s Club for Week Ending 1/8/17!

January 10th, 2017

Looks like audiences can’t get enough of JERSEY BOYS! In their second to last week on Broadway, the Tony Award winning show finished in sixth place for the week, grossing $1,359,617!

Visit BrodwayWorld.com for a full rundown of the previous week’s grosses.

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January 7, 2017

Songwriter Sandy Linzer Reflects on Writing for The Four Seasons!

January 7th, 2017
Sandy Linzer, Joe Long, Frankie Valli, Michael Petrillo, and Bob Gaudio at Frankie Valli's wedding

Sandy Linzer, Joe Long, Frankie Valli, Michael Petrillo, and Bob Gaudio at Frankie Valli’s wedding

Robert Wiener, staff writer at New Jersey Jewish News, has a terrific article with songwriter Sandy Linzer, a songwriter who co-wrote four of The Four Seasons’ big hits in the 1960s. Here’s a sneak peak below:

Sandy Linzer, who was raised on the border of Hillside and Newark, was proud to be among the select few who wrote hit songs for Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

“I am an independent songwriter and when it was time for The Four Seasons to record I submitted songs to them,” Linzer told NJJN. “Fortunately, they picked four of them that they really liked a lot.”

And as a Jersey boy, he was thrilled when those four songs — “Dawn (Go Away),” “Let’s Hang On,” “Working My Way Back to You,” and “Opus 17” (also known as “Don’t You Worry ‘bout Me”) — were included in the popular juke box musical, Jersey Boys, based on the quintet, which formed in 1961.

After a run of more than a decade—it opened in 2005—the Broadway show is scheduled to close Jan. 15.

“I thought the show was brilliant,” said Linzer, speaking by phone from his winter home in Boca Raton, Fla.

To read the entire article, which mentions his days back in the Brill Building, click HERE.

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Jersey Boys Natl Tour Is Marvelous in Madison!

January 7th, 2017
Jersey Boys National Tour Four Seasons (Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel)

Jersey Boys National Tour Four Seasons (Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel)

Scott Rawson of BroadwayWorld.com was highly surprised on how much he enjoyed JERSEY BOYS in Madison! Check out a preview of the review below.

What began as four guys singing under a street lamp and continues today, on a handshake by the way, proved to be a gripping and moving story about friendship, loss and more than anything else, honor. While the show is about Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, it’s also about so much more.

After giving the cast their well-earned standing ovation the audience departs, but somehow unwilling to relinquish the hold this show had over them, they sang. Some in small groups, some solos, some flittered from one group and song to another like musical butterflies, and some merely hummed softly to themselves, perhaps too timid to join in, but nearly all sang none the less. That is the kind of show this is. Go. See it. You’ll not regret it for it truly is our story in a way…all of us.

Click HERE for the entire review.

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