From BroadwayWorld.com: Grammy Award-winning recording artist Bruno Mars attended Jersey Boys at Paris Las Vegas last night, Thursday, Dec. 5! Following the performance, he went backstage to meet and take photos with cast members from the smash-hit production.
We still have time to vote in the 2013 BroadwayWorld.com Las Vegas awards for JERSEY BOYS & two fabulous cast members in the following categories:
- Best Book Musical–JERSEY BOYS
- Best Performance By A Featured Actor In A Musical–Jeff Leibow
- Best Performance By A Featured Actress In A Musical–Lauren Tartaglia
To cast your votes, click HERE.
Broadway.com has their version of an “exit interview” with Andy Karl, who recently ended starring as “Tommy DeVito” in JERSEY BOYS! Below is a sneak peak:
How do you feel now that you’re leaving the job?
Sad that I’m leaving a great family, but also very satisfied with the work I did. I feel like I lived up to the excellent material and brought some new things too.
What are three words you would use to describe your experience at the job?
Family, confidence, fun.
What was the easiest thing about the job?
Finding something new and fresh every night.
What was the hardest thing?
Learning the “seemingly” simple dance steps. It was much harder to learn than I thought. Three pivots to the left, four sways to the right, guitar down-up, turn head left “Sherry Baby.” Reverse it, but with two pivots and five sways and guitar side-side “Come Out Tonight.” Don’t forget to play the G7 chord on the off beat. (Brain Explodes.)
Click HERE to read the rest of Andy’s reflections.
In their continuing series, “BroadwayWorld is Most Thankful For: Long Running Shows”–guess what was in today’s column? Yes, it was JERSEY BOYS!
It’s Broadway’s long-running shows that keep Times Square bustling year-round with theatre-goers from around the world who are making it to the Great White Way for their first time. Jersey Boys is now in its ninth year at the August Wilson Theatre, where it has played over 3335 performances.
Click HERE for the rest of the feature which includes a video & more photos.
BroadwayWorld.com asked dozens of Broadway’s exciting stars what they are most thankful for this year. Check out what JERSEY BOYS cast members had to say:
Russell Fischer: This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for family, the fellowship of friends and colleagues, opportunities to create and express myself, the ability to live out the truest, happiest version of myself, and to love freely.
Kyli Rae: I’m most thankful for being a part of such an amazing show, and all of the incredible opportunities it has brought to my life. I reached two major milestones in my career this year due to my involvement with the show. I recently had my Broadway debut playing the role of Lorraine in Jersey Boys, at the August Wilson theater. I also had the experience of shooting my first feature film, where I will be playing the role of the Lead Angel, singing My Boyfriend’s Back, in the screen adaptation of Jersey Boys, directed by Clint Eastwood. I am beyond grateful.
Andy Karl: So thankful that I only had to act and sing at the Rocky auditions. Sylvester Stallone could have asked me to fight him to get the part then we’d all be reading my obituary. Did you see Expendables? Man!…that guy still “throws down”. He has my utmost respect and profound thanks.
Dominic Scaglione, Jr.: I’m most thankful for my family living and passed that keep me inspired and protected. I’m also thankful for my bongo drum.
Click HERE to read the entire feature.
Hope you’re all enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday! Let’s go back to the 2006 JERSEY BOYS OBC appearance at the Thanksgiving Parade on CBS with the fabulous performance featuring Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer, and John Lloyd Young!
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! What better way to celebrate than with a video flashback of the JERSEY BOYS OBC on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade NBC telecast in 2005?!
Video: Broadway.com’s Hit Maker Episode 4 with Drew Gehling: Magic Tricks, Math Questions, Splits, and Time in the Basement!November 27th, 2013
In this week’s episode of Hit Maker, Drew Gehling takes fans into the basement of the August Wilson Theatre to meet the master electrician Rick Baxter and the Julie the sound engineer. There are also magic tricks with Miles Aubrey and Kyli Rae, math questions with Katie O’Toole, and splits from Dominic Scaglione, Jr.! Click HERE to watch.
Click HERE to watch the WNDU video of the JERSEY BOYS national tour Four Seasons in South Bend at the Studebaker Museum! Check out how great the four guys look in a 1963 Studebaker Lark Daytona! The company plays the Morris PAC through 12/8/13.
Richard H. Blake
Big News from Broadway.com: The producers of the Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical JERSEY BOYS have announced that Richard H. Blake will join the cast on Thursday, January 9, 2014 in the role of “Tommy DeVito.” He assumes the role from Andy Karl who departs the production following the Sunday, December 1st performance to star in Broadway’s ROCKY. John Gardiner, who played “Tommy” on the national tour, will perform the role from December 3, 2013 through Wednesday, January 8, 2014.
Blake’s Broadway credits include Matilda, Legally Blonde, The Wedding Singer, Wicked, Hairspray, Aida, Saturday Night Fever and Rent. In addition to JERSEY BOYS, Gardiner also appeared as Timon in the national tour of The Lion King.
For the week ending 11/17/13, JERSEY BOYS grossed $747,961 and had a 73.7% attendance rate at the Broadway box office. The 33 shows on the boards grosseed $24,670,333, down 4% from the previous week’s totals.
For full coverage of the previous week’s BroadwayWorld.com grosses, click HERE.
JERSEY BOYS Tour2′s Brandon Andrus, who stars as Nick Massi, takes us backstage to see what a typical day in the musical is like. Click HERE to check it out!
News from President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities: President Barack Obama appointed seven new members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and one of the new members is original JERSEY BOYS cast member John Lloyd Young!
JLY and the other new members will join 30 other private members appointed by the President and twelve federal representatives, whose agencies have cultural programs such as the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, U.S. Department of Education, the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. A swearing-in ceremony will be held at the Supreme Court with Justice Kagan presiding.
The President’s Committee’s commitment to cultural philanthropy, and its success in engaging the private and public sector, is made possible by the expertise and leadership of its members, who embody and represent the diverse elements of this nation’s interdependent system of support for the arts and the humanities.
John Lloyd Young, Member, President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities
John Lloyd Young is an actor and singer. He originated the role of “Frankie Valli” in the Broadway hit Jersey Boys from 2005 to 2007, and reprised that role in 2013. He has held lead roles in The Chosen, and Les Miserables. He has performed in venues across the country with guest appearances on television shows including Glee in 2009 and Vegas in 2013. Mr. Young won a Tony award for Best Actor in a Musical in 2006 for his work in Jersey Boys, and received Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Theatre World awards. He has been involved with charitable organizations such as Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, AIDS Project Los Angeles, amfAR, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the United Service Organization. Mr. Young received a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Brown University.
For more details on the new appointees, click HERE.
Congratulations to JLY on his latest honor!
WJZ goes backstage with the JERSEY GIRLS, who talk about their extensive wardrobes and wigs that they wear when playing so many characters throughout the show. Click HERE to check it out.
JERSEY BOYS plays the Hippodrome Theatre through 11/24/13.
In this week’s episode of Broadway.com’s Hit Maker, Drew Gehling chats with original Jersey Boys cast member Steve Gouveia and we find out that Dominic Scaglione, Jr. is an iPhone charger thief! Click HERE to watch all the fun!
Along with BroadwayWorld.com celebrating ten years online, photographer Linda Lenzi is also celebrating her 10th anniversary with the site! BroadwayWorld has posted some of Ms. Lenzi’s most memorable moments, including including a few photos JERSEY BOYS-related events below!
Click HERE to check out the entire feature highlighting the last 10 years of Linda Lenzi’s BroadwayWorld.com photos!
Please join us in wishing original Four Seasons member, songwriter, keyboardist, music producer, and musical genius extraordinaire Bob Gaudio a very Happy Birthday today!
Mr. Gaudio, we thank you for sharing your musical brilliance with the world and we wish you the happiest of birthday celebrations today!
Rick Elice at his caricature unveiling at Sardi’s
Please join us in sending Happy Birthday wishes to the one & only JERSEY BOYS co-writer Rick Elice today!
Rick, you never cease to amaze with your creative genius on the stage (JB, The Addams Family, & Peter and The Starcatcher, just to name a few), but also with your generosity, kindness, support, and warmth to the JERSEY BOYS family of fans!
Wishing you a Happy Birthday & a wonderful year ahead!
Today in Four Seasons Musical History–November 17, 1962–’Big Girls Don’t Cry’ Topped the Billboard Hot 100!November 17th, 2013
Fifty-one years ago today, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” by The Four Seasons began its five-week reign on the top of the Billboard Hot 100! Enjoy this clip of the quartet on “The Steve Allen Show” from February 14, 1963.
Please join us in wishing Royal Teens co-founder & co-writer of “Short Shorts” Tom Austin a very Happy Birthday today! For a close-up of Tom on the drums, go to 1:18 on the video!
JERSEY BOYS is playing the Hippodrome in Baltimore through November 24 and it has opened to rave reviews! Check out some snapshots below:
Amanda Gunther, DCMetroTheaterArts.com: The division of the story is theatricality at its finest; each of the Four Seasons getting a chance to narrate the adventure; one for every season of the year, because if you ask four guys what happened you’re bound to get four different stories. Each has a distinctive narrative style, a pure persona that is presented to the audience making them different from the other, giving us the full scope and range of who these men really were. But when they sing together; the very first time they create that sound of the four of them during “Cry For Me” the quartet blend is dynamite. Hearing those voices come together as if they were always meant to be just freezes you for a moment in time and you’re simply awestruck.
So why don’t you come on and walk like man down to the nearest Ticketmaster outlet and get your tickets to Jersey Boys before they say, “Bye, Bye Baby” to Baltimore.
Chuck Duncan, CliqueClack.com: The cast on this tour is simply amazing. The clever structure of the show allows each member of the group to relate their story from their own viewpoint, breaking the fourth wall to fill us in on the events that are unfolding around them. Nick Cosgrove has the toughest job as Valli simply because he has the most recognizable voice.
Jersey Boys tells a story of real men trying to make their way through life while making a name for themselves and the winding path they took to achieve their goals. With a great cast, great music and a solid production, Jersey Boys is not to be missed when it comes to your town.