The B-Side of Four Seasons’ records are always a treat! “Dody,” written by Bob Crewe & Bob Gaudio, had a wild late 60′s sound, didn’t it?
David Dunkle raves about the JB national tour production in Hershey this week. Check out a sneak peek of the review:
This fast-moving touring production, at Hershey through Sunday, does an excellent job of taking you into an environment where extended prison terms seem far more likely for the young singers than fame and fortune via the music industry. They run with the wrong people and some owe money to even worse people, although none of this is ever fully fleshed out.
What is clear is that group members Frankie Valli (played by Hayden Milanes), Tommy DeVito (Matthew Dailey), Nick Massi (Keith Hines) and Bob Gaudio (Drew Seeley) always stuck to their musical guns, even when playing in dives with no audience.
Click HERE to read the entire review.
How about the casually dressed 4 Seasons (Joe Long, Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio, and Frankie Valli) back in 1967 on the “Beggin’” 45 picture sleeve?! “Beggin’,” written by Bob Gaudio and Peggy Farina, hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart in March, 1967 and peaked at #16!
Nearly 40 years after its original release, “Beggin’” became an audience favorite in JERSEY BOYS, followed by the Pilooski re-edit that hit the London charts, then, the Norwegian rap group Madcon’s rap version of “Beggin’” was a chart-topper for five weeks in Norway and a big hit all over Europe, and of course, the JB OBC sang it on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” to ring in 2007! Jump up to 2008 and the song was featured in a “Mad Men” promo for the new season.
What about the B side of “Beggin,” “Dody”? Perhaps that will be featured on “Friday Flashback” tomorrow!
Enjoy the fun segment featuring the JB national tour on FOX43 in Hershey, PA!
Wonderful backstage video on WETM video with Jersey Girls cast!
Enter for your chance to win a pair of tickets to see Frankie Valli in concert at The Beacon Theatre on Thursday, March 19th OR at the new Kings Theatre on Saturday, March 21st.
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Jersey Boys Tour Plays Elmira’s Clemens Center Tonight through Sunday 1/25; Check Out Interview with Bob Gaudio in StarGazette.comJanuary 20th, 2015
Bob Gaudio (Photo Credit: J.T. Macmillan Photography)
JB national tour plays Elmira’s Clemens Center tonight through Sunday. Check out the insightful interview with legendary Bob Gadio in StarGazette.com. Below is a sneak peek:
Despite co-writing most of the show’s songs, Gaudio is surprisingly humble about his role in the success of “Jersey Boys.”
“There’s a number of possible catalogs that could have been as successful as the treatment we had,” he said. “The writing, the production, the music direction, the staging — it was the perfect storm. Everyone involved was at the top of their game.
“You could attribute that to maybe liking the music and what they were doing, so we can take some credit there, but nevertheless, the story was something everybody jumped all over once they heard it.”
He pointed out that the Four Seasons songbook boasts “a diversification of music that is perfect for a Broadway show. If you’re writing a new musical, every song is not supposed to sound the same.”
Click HERE to read the entire feature.
Splendid reviews for JB national tour in Schenectady! Check out critics’ snapshots below:
WAMC.org: Performances are excellent with Hayden Milanes as Frankie Valli. He sings wonderful as he takes his character on a fascinating journey from uncertain kid to the moral leader of the group.
Nicolas Dromard finds the charm of the ego-driven Tommy DiVIto, the man who was responsible for their early success and the man who almost destroyed them. It’s nice work as Dromard helps us see why everyone trusted an untrustworthy man
Drew Seeley maintains a boyish quality as the songwriter and business genius Bob Gauda and Keith Hines plays Nick Massi is the quiet member with a sanitary fetish who leaves the group because he felt he was their Ringo.
Barry Anderson who plays Bob Crewe with a comic flamboyance leads a strong supporting cast, all of whom play multiple roles. Click HERE to listen to the full review.
Steve Barnes, TimesUnion.com: As a result, when Valli’s pristine falsetto takes flight, re-created on this tour by Hayden Milanes as Valli, the audience is transported to what memory tells us was a simpler time, at least from our side of the radio. From the boys’ perspective it was far more complicated. Growing up in Belleville, N.J., in an Italian enclave from which the only routes out are joining the Army, joining the mob or becoming a star, the boys follow their musical talents.
Let’s flashback to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony honoring The Four Seasons (Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio, Nick Massi, and Frankie Valli) on January 17, 1990.
This Day in Four Seasons History: 25th Anniversary of the Four Seasons Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, January 17, 1990January 17th, 2015
Today marks the 25th anniversary of the original Four Seasons’ (Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio, Nick Massi, and Frankie Valli) induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Let’s go back to a wonderful interview with Four Seasons historian extraordinaire, David Cace–who attended this amazing celebration back in 1990.
During our visit to New York City in September 2008, the Tech-Half and I were invited to dinner by David and Lynette Cace. David and his kids, Crist and Ella, picked us up curbside at the August Wilson Theatre after the Saturday matinee for our drive to the New Jersey suburbs. What we thought would be a quiet dinner turned out to be quite an adventure as David took the long way home by making stops first in Hoboken to see Frank Sinatra’s old house and then in Belleville to see Tommy DeVito’s old house, with a quick stop at the Belmont Tavern. After a wonderful dinner, David drove us back to our hotel in New York City for what I thought would be a nice restful night’s sleep after a hectic day but that was not to be. For the whole story see the October 5, 2008 JB Blog post.
The highlight of the night for me really came after dinner when David showed us his collection of Four Seasons’ memorabilia and rare recordings. The biggest treat for me was hearing David talk about his attendance at the Four Seasons’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 17, 1990, 25 years ago tonight–as a matter of fact–at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, and showing us the commemorative program and CD all attendees received that night.
With the 25th anniversary of the Four Seasons’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this evening, it’s time for a flashback: David Cace’s memorabilia from the 1990 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Program and the other gifts the attendees received that January 17th Wednesday night 25 years ago with the Jersey Boys Blog readers.
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JBB: Thank you so much for digitizing the cover of the 1990 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Program and the applicable Four Seasons pages, along with all the other wonderful material you received that night.
DAC: My pleasure. If it wasn’t for the world-wide success of Jersey Boys, and the Jersey Boys Blog becoming the main communication vehicle for Jersey Boys and Four Seasons fans alike, there wouldn’t be too many people who would even be interested in seeing the memorabilia I have from that night. It would have all remained in a box in my basement. It is really a joy for me to be able to share this with so many Four Seasons and Jersey Boys fans.
JBB: How were you able to get a ticket for the event?
DAC: It is my understanding that there are always a number of tickets available to the general public for the induction ceremonies. I don’t know what ticket prices are today for attending an induction ceremony but back then it was $1,500 (about $2,500 in today’s dollars), so I talked it over with Lynette and she understood that there were just too many concert memories that I had as a 13-15 year old kid from seeing the Four Seasons of Frankie, Tommy, Nick and Bob performing together on stage that it was important to me to see them all together on stage one more time.
And as you can see from the pictures I took that night, my seat wasn’t exactly front row center, but as my kids say, even back in the “golden” days (of 1990), there was a big screen set up so even for people in the bleacher seats like me you could hear and see what was going on.
JBB: Were there any performances by the inductees that night?
DAC: Unlike today where it is my understanding that there are some rehearsed live performances by the inductees, the only thing that happened for the first 10 or so years at induction ceremonies was that there was a “jam” session after all the formal inductions took place. Read the rest of this entry »
Big News from BroadwayWorld.com: The nominations for the 2015 GOLDEN REEL AWARDS have been announced. The awards, which are presented by the Motion Picture Sound Editors, recognize the industry’s best work in sound editing. The winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held on Sunday, February 15th at Los Angeles’ Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites.
Among the recipients of this year’s nominees is Clint Eastwood’s film version of JERSEY BOYS!
PRODUCED BY: Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Graham King
DIRECTED BY: Clint Eastwood
SUPERVISING MUSIC EDITOR: Chris McGeary
MUSIC EDITORS: Tommy Lockett, Angela Claverie
Click HERE to check out info about all of the nominees.
When Graham Fenton and Nicole Kaplan performed together in their first college play, it included a kiss.
That kiss was the start of a fairy tale romance that led to a rare distinction — a married couple with lead roles in major Las Vegas productions.
Fenton plays Frankie Valli’s character in “Jersey Boys,” which is nearing its sixth year on the Strip. Kaplan became one of the six female leads in “Steve Wynn’s ShowStoppers” as an eleventh-hour replacement.
One of the leads was let go five weeks after rehearsals began. For Wynn and his creative team, it was like finding gold.
“How lucky for us. She’s as good as anyone you ever saw,” Wynn said.
Fenton and Kaplan met in 2001 at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. She was a sophomore, and he was a freshman when they teamed up in “Dies Irae,” Latin for “days of wrath.”
After that kiss, “I ended up killing him,” Kaplan said.
“Let’s hope life doesn’t imitate art,” Fenton said, during an interview over lattes at Town Square.
Click HERE for the whole story.
Jersey Boys Natl Tour Plays Schenectady Tonight through Sunday; Check Out Great Interview with @NicolasDromard in TroyRecord.comJanuary 13th, 2015
The JERSEY BOYS national tour plays Schenectady at Proctors Theatre tonight through Sunday, January 18. Bob Goepfert of TroyRecord.com has a wonderful preview of the show with JB national tour’s “Tommy DeVito,” Nicolas Dromard. Check out a sneak peek below:
This is a play with rock music. The story is equally as important as is the music,” he said. “Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice wrote a bullet-proof script. The music is entertaining but it adds to the story that tells how the guys got together, became a success and eventually broke up.”
He describes “Jersey Boys” as “a musical husbands want to take their wives to see.”
“It’s about four street-smart guys from the streets of New Jersey, who become pop stars. It involves the mob and behind the scenes action,” he continued. “The wives come and love the music that is sung by four good looking guys? What’s not to like?”
Click HERE to read the entire interview.
Take a Fun BuzzFeed Quiz to Find Out How Well Do You Know Nick’s Rant in #JerseyBoysMovie! @MichaelLomendaJanuary 11th, 2015
BuzzFeed has posted a fun quiz to see how well we know Nick Massi’s rant in the JERSEY BOYS movie! Click HERE to take it!
Let’s go back to April, 1965 when The Four Seasons released “Toy Solider”! This great song, written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio, didn’t do too well on the charts, peaking only at #64 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The JERSEY BOYS national tour production is playing at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier of Place des Arts in Montreal until January 11. Check out snapshots of the terrific reviews below:
MonrealGazette.com: Nostalgia, obviously, is a key element of the Jersey Boys appeal. The man seated next to me could not restrain himself from humming (even whistling) along with his favourite tunes.
Although not a Four Seasons fan myself, lyrics to songs like My Boyfriend’s Back ring as familiar as nursery rhymes. I shamelessly succumbed to the flawless falsetto of Hayden Milanes, as lead singer Franki Valli. When the guys took their first crack at four-part harmony, I got goose bumps.
JournaldeMontreal.com: (This great review is in French–Here’s an excerpt in English, thanks to Google Translate: A tip of the hat to performers who are all natural and glaring truth . Together, they deliver an impressive sight,a veritable journey through time to discover these kids in America who managed to touch the stars .
Enjoy a JERSEY BOYS/Four Seasons medley from Australian singing sensations, The TEN Tenors!
Photos by Kimberly Wilshire, Carol Boyd, Stubbleyou
By Stubbleyou, West Coast Jersey Boys Blog Correspondent
John Lloyd Young has been treating his West Coast fans to a busy performance schedule lately. Just having completed three sold-out concerts in four days, he had previously given back-to-back performances a few weeks before that. We asked JB Blog West Coast Correspondent Stubbleyou to give us his impressions of those two mid-October concerts in North Hollywood.
The eleven o’clock number became the eight o’clock number.
The show began with the familiar opening strains of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” as John Lloyd Young appeared at the back of the room, making his way through the audience and reaching the stage at the end of the first verse. It was his way of saying “This is who I was,” but with the dozen or so songs that followed, he showed us “This is who I am.” Stepping out of the August Wilson’s spots and Clint’s kliegs into a new light all his own, the chanteur extraordinaire delved deep into the catalog of love songs from the fifties and sixties to redefine himself with a set list that showcased his talent, passion, style, and range in ways new to most.
But that was eight o’clock. The evening started much earlier, with fans lining up well before the appointed doors-open time of six-thirty. These two shows at Sterling’s Upstairs at the Federal had sold out in minutes, so it was no surprise that the excitement level was all a-buzz-buzz-buzz from the get-go, fostering introductions, chit-chat, and tale-swapping among those waiting in the warm California sun. With time to spare I walk the line and meet husbands and wives, mothers and daughters, aunts and nieces, granddaughters and grandmothers. Pairs of sisters, and lots of friends. Old fans and new fans. They came from New York, Massachusetts, Georgia, Utah, Arizona, and more. Some had seen the stage production of Jersey Boys over a hundred times, others had never seen it but had seen the movie fifty times or more. (A very few had seen neither; one of those thought “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” was by the Everly Brothers. Go figure.) And they were about eighty percent female, not that I noticed. Read the rest of this entry »
Seven “Frankies” from around the globe singing “Auld Lang Syne” on Season’s Greetings: A Jersey Boys Christmas…New Year’s has never sounded so awesome!
Happy New Year 2015 to all of our fabulous Jersey Boys Blog readers!
Any JERSEY BOYS plans for you guys in the works for 2015? Broadway, London, Vegas, on tour?