May 3, 2016

Happy 82nd Birthday to Legendary Pop Icon Frankie Valli (@frankievalli)!

May 3rd, 2016

Please join us in wishing Frankie Valli the happiest of birthdays today! Thank you Mr. Valli for chasing the music and sharing your amazing talents with the world!

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May 2, 2016

May 25th: Performance #1000 for Daniel Robert Sullivan!

May 2nd, 2016
Daniel Robert Sullivan

Daniel Robert Sullivan

By Daniel Robert Sullivan

May 25th: Performance #1000

While the number doesn’t compare to many of my Jersey Boys brothers around the world, my 1000th performance will be bittersweet due to my final bow with the Las Vegas company just days later on May 29th. I met many of you on this email list due to my association with the show and, while I hope I will join a Jersey Boys company again in the future, I also know that nothing is guaranteed.

Most of you on this list have read my book, know the ups and downs, and understand the reason I must return home to New York after these almost two years in Vegas. (If you haven’t read the book, I still have access to some leftover copies I can buy, personalize, and send to anyone you’d like for $16. Order one here.) But really, I just wanted to write to this particular list because each one of you have been kind to me in some way: meeting after a show, connecting during an interview, sharing a story about Frankie or Tommy. The only reason you are in this email grouping is because you’ve written me a nice thing somewhere along the way, so thank you for that. When I take the 1000th bow on May 25th, and when I take my last one on May 29th, I take all those kind words with me.

Two hours until showtime here in Vegas; gotta start the routine…

Until next time,

Daniel Robert Sullivan

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News from John Michael Coppola (@JMCJerseyVoice) ! The Four C Notes To Kick Off Summer Tour at Apollo Theater, 5/21!

May 2nd, 2016

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Big News from John Michael Coppola!

(Chicago, IL) April 20, 2016 – THE FOUR C NOTES, the Midwest’s only Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute group is kicking off its summer tour with a special, one night only performance at Chicago’s Apollo Theater. The group was founded by and features John Michael Coppola who covered the role of Frankie Valli in Chicago’s smash hit production of JERSEY BOYS.

The concert will be on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 8:00pm. General admission tickets are $35. To purchase tickets, visit: www.apollochicago.com

Backed by a seven piece band, THE FOUR C NOTES perform 75 minutes of 100% Four Seasons hits, including: Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man, Workin’ My Way Back to You (Babe), December ’63 (Oh What a Night), Let’s Hang On, and the list goes on and on. Read the rest of this entry »

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Michael Longoria Releases BROADWAY BRICK BY BRICK, A Latin-Influenced Collection of Broadway Classics on May 5! @LONGORIASINGS

May 2nd, 2016

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Exciting news for Michael Longoria!! Stay tuned for a JBB EXCLUSIVE Interview coming soon!

April 28, 2016 –New York, NY – Anticipation is building for Original “Jersey Boy” Michael Longoria’s solo project, BROADWAY BRICK BY BRICK, which hits May 5th on Broadway Records. Huffington Post has premiered Longoria’s unique version of “Over The Rainbow,” while Playbill ran the exclusive premiere of “Being Alive” from COMPANY, on the 46th anniversary of the show’s opening night.

Time Out New York highlighted Longoria’s album release shows on May 2 & May 3 at Joe’s Pub at the Public, and raved about BROADWAY BRICK BY BRICK. “Longoria applies soaring vocals to John McDaniels’s arrangements of showtune standards, including big ballads (“Corner of the Sky,” “Over the Rainbow”) and a Latin music–inflected take on “The Sound of Music.” To purchase tickets, go to Joe’s Pub Ticket Link. To pre-order the album, head to Broadway Records. Longoria’s wardrobe for the shows will be HOMME by Malan Breton.

The album has also received glowing feedback from Broadway’s biggest and brightest, including Betty Buckley who claims, “Michael Longoria has a wonderful voice and shares his love for the Broadway Songbook supported by the great John McDaniel as his Arranger. Love his new recording!” Donna McKechnie, the Tony Award-winning singer and actress who performed the original version of “Music and the Mirror” from A CHORUS LINE shares, “Michael Longoria lifts this song out of a classic Broadway show and truly makes it his own with a fresh and exciting interpretation.”

For BROADWAY BRICK BY BRICK, Longoria has partnered with a dream team of musical greats including: Grammy winner John McDaniel (Patti LuPone), who music directed and arranged, Grammy winning producer Jeffrey Lesser (Barbra Streisand, Kristin Chenoweth), and orchestrator Jesse Vargas (Clay Aiken). The release offers Broadway’s biggest songs, featuring Longoria’s soulful voice and incorporating his Latin roots.

Longoria began his career as a Mariachi singer in his hometown of Los Angeles, before moving on to stage productions. At age fourteen he was accepted to the prestigious Los Angeles County High School of The Arts, and then earned a scholarship to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is best known for his portrayal of Frankie Valli in the acclaimed production of Jersey Boys. Longoria is currently performing in The Midtown Men, the subject of two PBS specials including “Meet The Midtown Men.” Read the rest of this entry »

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May 1, 2016

Best Wishes to Matt Bogart (@bogart_matt) on His Temporary Leave from @JerseyBoysInfo!

May 1st, 2016
Matt Bogart (Photo Credit: Broadway.com)

Matt Bogart (Photo Credit: Broadway.com)

Today marks Matt Bogart’s last day with JERSEY BOYS as he takes temporary leave to star in the off-Broadway production of Himself and Nora, with book, music, and lyrics by Jonathan Brielle. He will begin performances at the Minetta Lane Theatre (18 Minetta Lane, between Sixth Avenue and MacDougal Street) beginning on May 14th.

Matt will return to JB on September 6th.

Please join us in wishing Matt all the best as he leaves JERSEY BOYS and in his new off-Broadway production!

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April 28, 2016

Throwback Thursday: The Four Seasons, circa 1966! #TBT

April 28th, 2016
Bob Gaudio, Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, and Joe Long

Bob Gaudio, Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, and Joe Long

The Four Seasons around 1966 looking dapper in their blazers & turtlenecks! Any idea where this photo was taken?

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April 27, 2016

Jersey Boys Natl Tour Is Pure Gold in Providence; Playing Through Sunday, May 1st!

April 27th, 2016
Keith Hines, Aaron DeJesus, Drew Seeley, and Matthew Dailey (Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel)

Keith Hines, Aaron DeJesus, Drew Seeley, and Matthew Dailey (Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel)

JERSEY BOYS is rocking audiences on its return to PPAC! In fact, reporter Channing Gray states that this version “is pure gold, better than ever.” Here’s a sneak peek of the review:

Aaron De Jesus is a knockout as Frankie Valli. He’s got the looks, the presence and that laser-like falsetto that made hit after hit sparkle. Sometimes he’d rock, and then break your heart with a tender ballad like “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”

When he finished singing that iconic tune, De Jesus put his hand to his heart and let us all know this was his gift to an audience who couldn’t get enough of him.

The thing about “Jersey Boys” is, it manages to mix enduring rock with a compelling story that is not always pretty. There are brushes with the law, mob ties and marital train wrecks, all spiraling out of control as the group tries to keep it together.

Click HERE to read the entire rave review!

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April 25, 2016

Newsflash! Mauricio Perez (@mowREEseeOH) and Dominic Scaglione, Jr. (@Dominic1110) to Share Frankie Valli Role in @JerseyBoysInfo Broadway Beginning April 26!

April 25th, 2016
Mauricio Pérez & Dominic Scaglione Jr. (Photo Credit: Joan Marcus)

Mauricio Pérez & Dominic Scaglione Jr. (Photo Credit: Joan Marcus)

Two guys with names that end in a vowel! What could be better?!

News from Broadway.com: A duo of Frankie Vallis will step under the Broadway streetlight. Jersey Boys alums Mauricio Pérez and Dominic Scaglione Jr. will share the role of Frankie Valli in the Broadway production beginning April 26.

Both will play four performances a week; a performance schedule will be announced later. They take over for Joseph Leo Bwarie, who appeared in his final performance at the August Wilson Theatre on April 24.

Pérez made his Broadway debut with Jersey Boys and also appeared in the national tour; his additional credits include Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage and Altar Boyz off-Broadway. Scaglione, who also made his Great White Way debut in the Tony-winning musical, is an alum of the Chicago and Las Vegas companies.

Congratulations & break a leg to Mauricio & Dominic on this awesome news!

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April 24, 2016

It’s @JosephLeoBwarie Day on JBB! Share Your Memories & Well-Wishes on His Last Day with @JerseyBoysInfo Broadway!

April 24th, 2016

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Joseph Leo Bwarie (Photo by: Joan Marcus)

As we all know, Joseph Leo Bwarie’s final performance as Frankie Valli in JERSEY BOYS Broadway after EIGHT amazing years in three different companies!

All these years of seeing JLB in JB on stage have been awesome and unforgettable! Is it possible that his performance was more phenomenal each time we were in the audience? Well, after our last visit during the JERSEY BOYS 10th anniversary on Broadway–I can say it could happen–it did happen! JLB’s performances that weekend were off the charts!

We wish Joe all the best in his future endeavors & are looking forward to seeing what’s next for him!

We thank Joseph Leo Bwarie for being an awesome and phenomenal Frankie all these years and for sharing his amazing talents with the world on stage and of course, in his spectacular solo recordings!

We would love for Jersey Boys Blog readers to share your Joseph Leo Bwarie memories and well-wishes!

Quinn VanAntwerp, Joseph Leo Bwarie, Richard H. Blake, and Matt Bogart (Photo Credit: Bruce Gilkas, Broadway.com)

Quinn VanAntwerp, Joseph Leo Bwarie, Richard H. Blake, and Matt Bogart (Photo Credit: Bruce Gilkas, Broadway.com)

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April 21, 2016

Throwback Thursday: The Four Seasons, Circa 1967! #TBT

April 21st, 2016
Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio, Frankie Valli, and Joe Long

Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio, Frankie Valli, and Joe Long

Another great photo of The Four Seasons back around 1967! Wonder what songs they may have been recording during this photo shoot?!

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Fun Video of Jersey Boys National Tour ?#?FiredUpForLiteracy? Spot!

April 21st, 2016

Enjoy this fun video of the JERSEY BOYS national tour Four Seasons encouraging everyone to read!

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April 18, 2016

Video: Amazing DC Cherry Blossom Festival Performance by Jersey Boys National Tour Jersey Boys (and Girls!)

April 18th, 2016

Fantastic performance at DC’s Cherry Blossom Festival last week by the JB national tour cast members!

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Newsflash: @MichaelLomenda to Make Broadway Debut as Nick Massi in @JerseyBoysInfo, May 3-Sept 4!

April 18th, 2016
Michael Lomenda

Michael Lomenda

It’s been all over Twitter, but let’s announce it again! Broadway.com states: It’s too good to be true for Michael Lomenda, who will step in for Matt Bogart as Nick Massi in Jersey Boys from May 3 through September 4. Bogart is on leave from JB while he appears in off-Broadway’s Himself and Nora, and will return to the Main Stem’s August Wilson Theatre on September 6.

A Jersey Boys vet, Michael has appeared as Nick Massi in Toronto, on the road, and played the role in Clint Eastwood’s feature film adaptation of the musical. Now, it’s time for his Broadway debut!

Congratulations & break a leg, Michael!

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April 14, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Frankie Valli (@frankievalli), Tommy DeVito and Hank Majewski, 1954! #TBT

April 14th, 2016
Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, and Hank Majewski in 1954

Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, and Hank Majewski in 1954

How cool is this–a photo taken of Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, and Handsome Hank Majewski performing back in 1954! Thank you to Bobby Valli for posting it on his Facebook page!

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April 13, 2016

Jersey Boys Natl Tour Wows Washington Crowd on Its Return!

April 13th, 2016
JB Natl Tour Four Seasons (Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel)

JB Natl Tour Four Seasons (Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel)

The third time is definitely a charm for the JB national tour! Check out rave reviews all over the DC area!

MDtheatreguide.com: Lucky for Washington, D.C. theater goers, the “boys” are back in town for a third visit. Previously, the First National Tour had successful runs in the nation’s capital in 2009 and 2011. This time around, the Second National Tour comes with a new cast and the same tight, fast-paced production, chock-full of showstoppers that still bring the audience to its feet… It is the story, the music and multi-talented cast and crew that buoys the production to great heights. There is no doubt that the appeal – and run – of Jersey Boys will continue to endure and leave audiences singing in aisles as they leave the theater.

Curtainup.com: The performances by Drew Seeley as Bob Gaudio, Keith Hines as Nick Massi, and Matthew Dailey as Tommy DeVito, are all good but it is Aaron De Jesus’ Frankie Valli that stuns the audience. His voice, like Valli’s, is extraordinary, ranging — I am guessing here — four octaves to a really high falsetto. His acrobatic dance tricks in the second act come as a surprise and his rendition of “Fallen Angel” brought on some tears and an ovation that stopped the show. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 7, 2016

Throwback Thursday: The Four Seasons at National Association of Record Merchandisers Event, 1966! @frankievalli #TBT

April 7th, 2016
Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, Joe Long, and Frankie Valli

Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, Joe Long, and Frankie Valli

Amazing what you can find out there on The Four Seasons, back in the day! Here are The Four Seasons back in 1966 at the National Association of Record Merchandisers (NARM) event!

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April 6, 2016

Terrific Jersey Girls Appearance on Good Day Washington!

April 6th, 2016

Marvelous interview with Jersey Girls (Kristen Paulicelli, Leslie Rochette, and Jenna Nicole Schoen) from the national tour on Good Day Washington! Great job, ladies!

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Jersey Boys Natl Tour Plays DC through 4/24; Check Out Great Segment on Let’s Talk Live DC!

April 6th, 2016

Enjoy a fun segment with the JB national tour Four Seasons on Let’s Talk Live DC this morning!

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April 2, 2016

Check Out Fun Interview with @KeithHinesJr in Sioux City!

April 2nd, 2016

Enjoy this great interview with Keith Hines in Sioux City!

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