April 23, 2014

Reviewers Rock to Jersey Boys in Orlando!

April 23rd, 2014

Critics all over Orlando are raving about JERSEY BOYS! Check out snapshots from recent reviews:
Seth Kubersky, Blogs.OrlandoWeekly.com: But when the first act climaxes with a spectacularly simple illusion that places you onstage behind Boys, staring into a sea of stage lights and flashbulbs, all flaws are forgotten in a flood of theatrical wonder. This marvel of theatrical craftsmanship is not to be missed; when the tour leaves town, you’ll be “Beggin’” in vain for them to “Stay (Just a Little Bit Longer).”

Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com: The latest touring production, at Orlando’s Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, doesn’t go wrong. It’s well sung, the jokes land with practiced finesse and even the Carr’s notoriously poor acoustics can’t put a damper on the trip down musical memory lane.

The journey is greatly enlivened by top-notch casting. As troublemaker Tommy, Nicolas Dromard charms the audience into feeling sorry for him. Baby-faced Quinn VanAntwerp has an appealing earnestness as songwriter Bob Gaudio. Adam Zelasko, as guitarist Nick Massi, makes the most of his comic moments when his reserved nature cracks.

Hayden Milanes has the distinctive high-tenor sound of Valli, and the charisma to establish an immediate bond with the audience. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 21, 2014

Please Help Jeff Leibow Raise Money for 2014 Las Vegas AIDS Walk! @JeffLeibow @AFANLV

April 21st, 2014

As with previous years, Jeff Leibow (“Nick Massi,” Jersey Boys Las Vegas cast) is raising money for Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) by participating in this year’s Las Vegas AIDS Walk! Jeff has asked us to post a message asking for support from Jersey Boys Blog readers:

Hello JERSEY BOYS fans!
My wife and I have participated in the Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) Walk every year since we arrived, which means this will be our seventh year! The Jersey Boys fans have always been so generous, so I am asking you once again for your help raising money for a very worthy cause that hits very close to home not only in the theater community, but also specifically in Jersey Boys Las Vegas.

Whatever you can contribute, you will be making a difference in the lives of those people living with HIV. Help us make that difference!

The walk is Sunday, May 4th, and I am once again the captain of Team Jersey Boys. There isn’t much time, but every dollar helps. So, if anyone is able and interested in helping, please click HERE to visit my donation page.

Thank you in advance for your incredible support and generosity!


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April 19, 2014

Video: Jersey Boys Natl Tour’s Marvelous Appearance on Good Day Orlando!

April 19th, 2014

Marvelous appearance on WOFL’s Good Day Orlando with Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Nicolas Dromard, Skye Scott, and Adam Zelasko, including Shaun’s amazing rendition of “Cant’ Take My Eyes Off You”!

Click HERE to watch!

JERSEY BOYS national tour plays Orlando at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre through April 27.

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April 17, 2014

Video: Jersey Boys Movie Segment on Entertainment Tonight!

April 17th, 2014

Great segment tonight on ET about Clint Eastwood & the upcoming JERSEY BOYS movie!

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Newsflash: Official Jersey Boys Movie Trailer Video Is Released!

April 17th, 2014

We’ve all been waiting patiently (okay, maybe not some of us) for this day–for the highly anticipated release of the JERSEY BOYS movie trailer!

OMG, Look at me, I’m tearing up…Mr. Eastwood, it was worth the wait–we’re completely, totally BLOWN AWAY!

So, what do you guys think of the JERSEY BOYS movie official trailer?

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This Just In: Jersey Boys Movie First Official Poster!

April 17th, 2014

It has arrived–the JERSEY BOYS film first official poster! And, tonight, please set your DVRs for the segment on Entertainment Tonight!

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Video: Jersey Boys Movie Teaser on Entertainment Tonight; More to Come This Evening!

April 17th, 2014

Thanks to Erich Bergen’s Instagram page & BroadwayWorld.com, we have the video teaser of the JERSEY BOYS movie trailer from Entertainment Tonight!

Tune in on ET tonight for the segment! Who’s counting down?

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April 16, 2014

MPAA Gives Jersey Boys Movie an ‘R’ Rating!

April 16th, 2014

Newsflash! BroadwayWorld.com reports that the Motion Picture Association (MPAA) has given JERSEY BOYS and R rating, citing “language throughout” according to a new listing.

In the stage version, the F-word is used repeatedly throughout in the book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice and in a film only one utterance of the word in a non-sexually intentioned situation is usually allowed per picture according to standard MPAA guidelines.

Click HERE to read the entire article.

In the latest JBB Poll, asking about the rating, nearly 61% of all respondents thought that the JERSEY BOYS movie rating would be PG-13, while 34.5% thought the rating would be R. Truth be told, I thought Eastwood would cut down the F-words & make it a PG-13, but the JBB Tech Half was certain that the rating would be R.

So, what do you guys think of the R-rating on the JB film? Are you surprised?

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April 15, 2014

Sneak Peek of Joseph Leo Bwarie’s Stage View’s Interview on Playbill.com!

April 15th, 2014

Joseph Leo Bwarie

JLB is featured on this edition of Stage Views on Playbill.com, a feature that has actors commenting on their recent theatregoing experiences, what productions they’re looking forward to and more. Check out a sneak peek below:
What production are you most excited to see?

I am in a unique position. I do not perform on Wednesday or Saturday matinees. So, I am able (and take advantage of that opportunity) to see friends around the Broadway ‘hood. Last week I saw an early preview of Bullets Over Broadway, and I am excited to go back after their opening to see what the final show turns out to be. As you can see, it’s the process that is always the most interesting and exciting to me. Still, next on the list to check out is Heathers. I mean, come on… it’s Heathers.

Click HERE for the whole interview.

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April 13, 2014

New Jersey Boys Movie Photo in This Week’s Entertainment Weekly (@EW)!

April 13th, 2014

JERSEY BOYS movie stars have been tweeting this fab photo today! Wow! is an understatement! So, are you guys starting the #JERSEYBOYSMovie countdown?!

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April 12, 2014

Jersey Boys Natl Tour Is Sensational at the Straz!

April 12th, 2014

Fabulous reviews for the JERSEY BOYS national tour production in Tampa!

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

Jimmy Ferraro, BroadwayWorld.com: Everyone in the production is perfectly cast. Nicholas Dromard gives an outstanding performance as the egotistical, bad boy, and founder of the band, Tommy DeVito. Mr. Dromard struts around, commanding the stage with the gusto of a sideshow barker. He brings a challenging sincerity to the role, that clearly defines his riveting performance.

As Bob Gaudio, Quinn VanAntwerp gives a totally committed performance, as the loveable, naïve, newcomer to the group. Mr, VanAntwerp is honest and endearing in his role, completely at ease in his gradual transformation into the confident superstar songwriter. Adam Zelasko as “the forgotten man” and arranger of the harmonies, is charming as the bass voiced, arranger of the harmonies. His low profile portrayal is captivating in its simplicity.

Hayden Milanes is a stunning Frankie Valli. Mr. Milanes has it all! A beautiful voice with a soaring falsetto, good looks, fine acting, and a cherubic innocence, giving him a star turn in an unforgettable performance.

Regardless of your age, this production is engaging for everyone and the music will have you smiling from ear to ear. DO NOT MISS “JERSEY BOYS” at the Straz!

Stephanie Hayes, TampaBay.com: Milanes has a furrowed energy that gives Valli a nervous edge around the other guys. It’s a power struggle between the men, and Valli is the glue, intent on holding onto the values of the old neighborhood as everything changes. Milanes channels Valli’s falsetto in a sweet way that grows more confident as his character matures.

But the stomach flutters really come when the Four Seasons sing together. When Bob Gaudio (the boyish Quinn VanAntwerp) joins the group and leads them through Cry For Me, you realize each voice is just not the same without the others.

Dromard plays the unstable DeVito with smug pride and excellent comic zing. But the most quietly appealing actor is Adam Zelasko, a doppelganger for Don Draper who is at turns hilarious, dry and sexy as under-appreciated bass singer Nick Massi.

When the group finds its footing and signature sound, we’re sent on a exhilarating back-to-back ride through Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry and Walk Like a Man. Hoots! Screams! Claps!

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April 10, 2014

Jersey Boys Movie Feature & Insights from John Lloyd Young in PEOPLE Magazine!

April 10th, 2014
John Lloyd Young

John Lloyd Young (Photo Credit: Keith Bernstein)

People.com has a #JERSEYBOYSMovie feature that appeared online today, that includes some great insights from star John Lloyd Young! Below is a preview:

Warner Bros. is bringing the screen adaptation of the stage hit to theaters June 20. Clint Eastwood is the director.

Making his major Hollywood debut is John Lloyd Young in his Tony-winning role as Frankie Valli.

“To be making a movie in a lead role with [Clint Eastwood] as the director? I still can’t believe it,” Young tells PEOPLE, admitting working with Dirty Harry was intimidating at first. “He’s an icon, a very nice man and a very, very good director – but also real tough to read.”

While Young, 38, notes there will be some differences between the stage and screen versions, the changes are natural.

“The film is the follow-through of what you can imagine would happen when you see the show on stage: It goes deeper,” Young says.

Visit PEOPLE.com for the whole story & there will be more to come in the print edition of PEOPLE that will be available at newsstands tomorrow!

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April 9, 2014

Newsflash: Jersey Boys Passes 42nd Street to Become the 13th Longest-Running Show in Broadway History Tonight!

April 9th, 2014


Big News from JERSEY BOYS: As of the performance tonight, Wednesday, April 9, the Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical JERSEY BOYS will surpass 42nd Street with 3,487 performances, becoming the 13th longest-running show in Broadway history!

Congratulations to everyone associated with JERSEY BOYS on this phenomenal milestone!

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April 7, 2014

Jersey Boys Natl Tour Plays Straz Center 4/8-4/13; Check Out Preview with Tampa Native Hayden Milanes!

April 7th, 2014

Adam Zelasko, Hayden Milanes, Quinn VanAntwerp, and Nicolas Dromard will be playing The Four Seasons at The Straz.

JERSEY BOYS national tour plays the Straz Center in Tampa beginning tomorrow through Sunday, April 13. Tampa native Hayden Milanes, who plays Frankie Valli, recently spoke with reporter Cloe Cabrera. Check out a sneak peek below:

Growing up in Tampa, Hayden Milanes joked around with his falsetto.

For the past three years, he’s used those vocal cords to belt out hit songs as Frankie Valli, lead singer of The Four Seasons, in “Jersey Boys.”

“I used to imitate soprano singers to make to make my friends laugh,” recalls Milanes, who portrays Valli in the hit Broadway show coming to the Straz Center on Tuesday. “Sometimes, the things you wouldn’t think matter lead you to a career and changes your life.”

Milanes says he loves how “Jersey Boys” resonates with the audience.

“The story and the music are timeless,” he adds. “The older generation feels a sense of pride and nostalgia when they see the show and hear the music, but young people also can relate to the story line: four young guys that dream of being rock stars, and their dreams really do come true.”

Click HERE to read the entire interview.

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April 5, 2014

Photo Coverage: Country Music Star Ronnie Dunn Visits Jersey Boys Las Vegas!

April 5th, 2014

Deven May, Graham Fenton, country music star Ronnie Dunn, Jason Kappus & Jeff Leibow (Photo Credit: Jersey Boys Las Vegas)

From BroadwayWorld.com: Country music star Ronnie Dunn, of legendary duo Brooks & Dunn, attended the JERSEY BOYS Las Vegas performance on the evening of April 3 and met with cast members after the performance.

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April 3, 2014

Throwback Thursday: The Four Seasons at WABI-TV Studio in 1962! #TBT

April 3rd, 2014

Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi & Frankie Valli posing in the WABI-TV studio with local singers Hal Lone Pine & Betty Cody (Photo Credit: WABI)

Who knew that The Four Seasons visited the WABI-TV studios in Bangor, Maine back in ’62?!

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