The guys wearing cardigans outdoors in Jersey or elsewhere? back around 1966! It would be great if anyone has any details on this photo shoot!
While Las Vegas Sun columnist Robin Leach is on vacation, there have been several celebrity guest columnists stepping in for him. JERSEY BOYS star Daniel Robert Sullivan gives readers a grand tour of the JERSEY BOYS store, “a 1950s and ’60s memorabilia neon anomaly in the otherwise classic Parisian decor.”
According to Dan, the store is more mini-museum than T-shirt shop and he greets the audience in the store after every performance. Check out a sneak peek below of one of the great items you can find in the store!
Jersey Babys: This is a trippy album. I mean, like, far out. Of course the “Jersey Boys” store stocks regular albums, but it also has this special release — for babies.
It’s a collection of super-synth, instrumental versions of Four Seasons tunes that were the brainchild of Danielle Gaudio, daughter to original member Bob Gaudio. Ms. Gaudio wanted an album of her dad’s melodies that her kids could fall asleep to, and she got it. It’s super chill, man.
Click HERE to read the rest of Dan’s fun feature!
As we all know, Miles Aubrey’s final performance as Norm Waxman (and so many others) will be this afternoon, Sunday, August 30 at the August Wilson Theatre. It is now officially Miles Aubrey Day on Jersey Boys Blog!
Miles has spent over nine glorious years rocking our worlds on stage, first in the JERSEY BOYS first national tour, and for the last seven years in the Norm Waxman track on Broadway! And of course, it was hard to take our eyes off of him in the JB movie as Charles Calello! Congratulations to Miles on his phenomenal run with JERSEY BOYS!
We would to send the biggest shout-out to Miles for all of his support for Jersey Boys Blog over the years, for his JBB Exclusive interviews, and for always acknowledging and supporting his fans!
Although we will miss Miles in JERSEY BOYS, we can’t wait to see what is next for this tremendously talented performer! We wish Miles and his wife Erica all the best as they head to Nashville!
We would love for Jersey Boys Blog readers to share your well wishes, farewells, and memories of Miles Aubrey on his day!
In honor of Frankie Valli topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week back in 1978 with the title song from the motion picture megahit, enjoy a photo flashback of the “Grease” 45 picture sleeve!
The men & women of JERSEY BOYS Broadway took some time today to show their support of the Equal Rights Amendment today in honor of Women’s Equality Day! (Photo Credit: Official Jersey Boys Facebook page)
Forty Years Ago Today: Who Loves You by The Four Seasons Debuted on @Billboard Hot 100! @frankievalliAugust 23rd, 2015
August 23, 1975 – 40 Years Ago Today: The Four Seasons debuted at No. 88 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with their single, “Who Loves You.” The amazing comeback song for the quartet, written by Bob Gaudio and Judy Parker, peaked at #3 in November, 1975.
Great Q&A with JB Broadway’s Frankie Valli, Joseph Leo Bwarie! Check out the preview below:
Q: What is your most unique pre-show ritual?
A: I wouldn’t call it so much a pre-show ritual, but I do like to pop into all the dressing rooms and see everyone as themselves before I see them as their characters.
Q: What is your most memorable “the show must go on” moment?
AL I was delivering a direct address in Act 2. A woman from the balcony suddenly yells “Stop! Stop the show! He’s not breathing.” I pause. BEAT. She then shouts, “Never mind… he was sleeping.” I was relieved he was alive, but was troubled that he was asleep. I proceeded to continue.
Click HERE to check out the whole Q&A with JLB!
Throwback Thursday: Frankie Valli (@frankievalli) with Clive Davis & Eric Carmen, circa late 1970s! #TBTAugust 20th, 2015
Let’s go back to the late 1970s with record mogul Clive Davis, legendary Frankie Valli and former lead singer of The Raspberries & solo artist Eric Carmen.
Richard H. Blake, who stars as ‘Tommy DeVito’ in Jersey Boys Broadway, answered some fun questions for BroadwayWorld.com. Here’s a preview below:
Q: What is the first Broadway show you ever saw?
A: A Chorus Line (the original) was the first show I ever saw on Broadway. I did see the National tour of Annie before that in my hometown.
Q: What is your most unique pre-show ritual?
A: Well I’m a little OCD with my pre show process. I have to do everything in the same order. Hair, physical warmup, put my mic on, brush my teeth use the restroom and then get dressed. Then I sing the first line of my first song. Except I sing it as high as I can. That way I have a feel of where my voice is at.
Click HERE to read the rest of Richard’s responses.
Otis Blackwell Among @RollingStone 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time; Bob Gaudio & Bob Crewe Overlooked!August 15th, 2015
Earlier this week, Rolling Stone named its 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time. Among the brilliant songwriters on the list is one who is mentioned in JERSEY BOYS: As Frankie Valli is introducing Bob Crewe to Bob Gaudio, he tells Crewe, “He’s the next Otis Blackwell.”
As most of you may already know, Otis Blackwell wrote “You’re the Apple of My Eye” for The Four Lovers and that song peaked at #62 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1956. Turns out that in 1956 Blackwell first gave “Don’t Be Cruel” to friend Frankie Valli for The Four Lovers, but as they were recording it, he asked to take it back and in turn gave it to an up-and-coming Elvis Presley. In exchange for this song he gave them “You’re The Apple Of My Eye.” The Four Lovers performed the song on the Ed Sullivan Show and of course, a shortened version the song is performed in JERSEY BOYS!
In his entry, Rolling Stone states, “When Elvis Presley recorded one of his songs, the result was 1956′s epochal “Don’t Be Cruel,” which was simultaneously Number One on the pop, R&B and country charts. Blackwell subsequently gave Elvis “All Shook Up” and “Return to Sender,” and wrote a cluster of hits for other artists, including “Great Balls of Fire” for Jerry Lee Lewis.”
The 100 Greatest list covers many of the great songwriting duos, trios, and solo writers, including pop music writing greats including Carole King& Gerry Goffin, Burt Bacharach & Hal David, and Holland, Dozier & Holland. Click HERE to check Rolling Stone’s list.
How in the hell could Rolling Stone have excluded Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe, when they included other songwriters who have not had the sizable collection of stellar recordings?! As a team, Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe wrote some of the biggest his of the ’60s! Furthermore, both Crewe and Gaudio wrote many hits on their own or with other songwriters! Overlooking these two genius hitmaking songwriters on the list of 100 greatest songwriters of all time is completely unacceptable!
Please tweet @RollingStone or contact them on their Facebook page and give them a piece of your mind for not including Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio on this list!
JERSEY BOYS Broadway’s Lorraine, Jessica Rush, is revealing ten backstage secrets with BroadwayBox.com! Below is one of the fascinating secrets:
There’s a plaque hanging over the commode in the stage management office to commemorate the time when Bill Clinton used the facilities. How many shows can say POTUS used their toilet? It was a thrill…even if he did leave the seat up.
Click HERE to read the rest of the JB backstage secrets!
Forty-nine years ago this month, The Four Seasons released I’ve Got You Under My Skin on the Philips label. The song, written by Cole Porter, peaked at #9 in October 1966 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Enjoy the JERSEY BOYS/Four Seasons renditions recorded by the U.S. Navy Band at the Concerts on the Avenue series at the U.S. Navy Memorial in 2014!
Catching Up with Dominic Nolfi: From Jersey to Detroit and Back on That Street Corner @DooWopProjectAugust 10th, 2015
By Pamela Singer, Jersey Boys Blog Special Correspondent
Friends, there are few things in this world more enduring and satisfying than great music, arguably one of our most powerful common denominators. Finding that perfect blend of harmony, soul, and story is a tricky business, one that has challenged the best and brightest throughout time. For Dominic Nolfi, his musical journey has explored the essence of numerous musical genres, from his early roots in jazz and standards growing up in San Francisco, through the falsetto harmonies of New Jersey’s Four Seasons, to the bigtop of Detroit’s Motown, and back to the street corner purity of Doo Wop’s a cappella voices. To say Dom is musically versatile is an understatement, kind of like saying Jersey Boys is, you know, ubiquitous…
I had the pleasure of catching up with Dom recently over lunch, a tough assignment, but someone had to do it! And yes, ladies, Dom is still as movie-star handsome as you remember. That said, this is an artist who clearly doesn’t need or want to coast by on good looks alone. His talent, commitment, passion for and knowledge of music history all speak for themselves. Listen in as Dom brings us up to date on what he’s been doing, talks about his musical influences, all things Doo Wop, and of course, The Doo Wop Project– his very own group, which will be doing two shows at 54 Below on August 17th.
For information and to purchase tickets, click HERE.
Pam Singer: Dom, it’s great to see you. It’s been a few years since we “officially” sat down to talk. How are you doing?
Dom Nolfi: Great to see you too, Pam. I’m doing well, thanks. It’s been a busy and exciting time in my life, with lots of projects in the works.
PS: Anything you can share with us?
DN: Sure. I’ve been involved in several readings and workshops, most recently one for “A Bronx Tale” by Chazz Palminteri. It’s a fantastic story with lots of potential.
PS: Not to rub salt in your fans’ wounds, but it’s been almost four years since your incredible seven- year ride with Jersey Boys ended. Seven years, starting in La Jolla, and seven different roles covered throughout your time with the show. That’s a feat that would impress even Tommy DeVito, whom you played for three years on Broadway!
DN: Yes, Jersey Boys was a special time in my life and a special experience. Happy that it’s still going strong. In addition to the thrill of doing the show, it was a launching pad for meeting new people, personally and professionally, and getting my name out there.
PS: You certainly did that well! Not long after leaving Jersey Boys, you were sought out to play Barney Ales, Berry Gordy’s Executive Vice President, in Motown The Musical on Broadway.
DN: That was another wonderful experience. I was proud and honored to be part of something that still resonates so deeply in American culture.
PS: When did the show close?
DN: It closed in January of this year. There’s currently a national tour of the show, and there’s talk of opening in London next year, and possibly coming back to Broadway.
PS: Can you tell us something you learned and took with you from working on these show shows? Read the rest of this entry »
Video: Check Out Latest @bwayboroughs Episode with Hosts @QuinnVanAntwerp & @Candikaitila Featuring Jared Bradshaw & Lindsay Northen!August 10th, 2015
Great new Broadway Boroughs episode with hosts Candi Boyd and Quinn VanAntwerp! This episode features a visit with JERSEY BOYS swing cast member Jared Bradshaw and his wife, Lindsay Northen, an ensemble cast member in Wicked, along with their daughter Georgia and dog Berkley in their fabulous place in Hell’s Kitchen!
Animal Planet’s hit television show TANKED! hosted the cast, crew, band, and families of JERSEY BOYS Las Vegas earlier this week on a private tour of their Las Vegas facility. Hosted by “the General,” all had a great time learning about tanks currently being built for Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jeff Dunham.
Thank you to Dan Sullivan for sharing the cool photos with JBB!
Fab photo of the Four Seasons in casual attire back around 1966. Does anybone have any details on this photo? Was it on any albums or in concert promos back in the day?
Joseph Leo Bwarie is one of the participants in the Sleep Out: Broadway Edition to raise funds Covenant House, which provides food, shelter, immediate crisis care, and essential services to homeless youth.
The Sleep Out Movement is an opportunity for all of us to come together and make an immediate and lasting impact on the homeless young people who live at Covenant House. The funds raised by Sleep Out participants are put to work immediately, keeping the lights on and the doors open for more than 57,000 kids who will seek help this year.
Click HERE to make a donation on JLB’s page!
Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons were definitely fashion trendsetters since their debut in 1962–from the tuxes, to the blazers and turtlenecks (my personal favorite), to the bell bottoms, the floral wildness, the leisure suits, the ’80s Miami Vice-ish looks, and so many others!
I’m guessing this wild floral look was taken during the mid-1970s, maybe during the Madison Square Garden concert? Does anyone have any ideas about where and when this photo was taken?