Let’s go back to the late summer of 2005 when it was all still ahead of them…Great Playbill.com article & photo of the JERSEY BOYS OBC recording the cast album at Ritetrack Studios on a Sunday afternoon on August 28, 2005!
Jersey Boys Natl Tour Plays Atlanta through Sunday 10/11; Check Out Preview of Bob Gaudio’s Interview with @AJC!October 8th, 2015
Bob Gaudio (Photo Credit: J.T. Macmillan Photography)
The JERSEY BOYS national tour has returned to Atlanta’s Fox Theatre this week and AJC’s Melissa Ruggieri has a terrific interview with musical genius Bob Gaudio! Below is a sneak peek:
Q: So how many times have you seen “Jersey Boys”?
A: I would say I’m probably at the top of the list of the people who have seen it. I ran into a couple of people who saw it 100 times but I surpass that. A lot of it is just fun, but sometimes it’s to keep an eye on the production.
Q: Can you believe it’s almost been a decade since the show debuted?
A: No, I can’t! November 6th is the 10th year anniversary, and I’m still here and Frankie is still here and he’s out there performing and he’s 80s-something. He was here (in Nashville) and we hung out together and I’m hobbling to get up the stairs and he’s running up there. I’m gonna find out what he’s taking!
Click HERE to read the rest of the Q&A.
Talk about a “celebrity sighting”!! Football great Tim Tebow posed post-performance with the JERSEY BOYS national tour cast members in Atlanta at the Fox Theatre!
Casting Director Merri Sugarman Is Featured Guest on Latest Fab Edition of @bwayboroughs with Hosts @QuinnVanAntwerp & @Candikaitila!October 5th, 2015
Check out the latest Broadway Boroughs episode with Quinn VanAntwerp & Candi Boyd touring the home of and chatting with casting director Merri Sugarman!
As JERSEY BOYS celebrates TEN years on the Great White Way next month, David Sheward of NewYork.com explores why the show is such a success. Check out a preview below:
Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice’s book tells the story of the formation, rise and dissolution of the group through four symbolic seasons, with each member telling part of the narrative for his point of view. Spring is the early days of the boys, told by Tommy DeVito. Bob Gaudio narrates the Summer segment, explaining Tommy was not the brains behind their success, as he claims. In Fall, Nick Massi recounts how Tommy’s gambling debts send the Seasons into a tailspin financially and emotionally. Then Winter sets in with Frankie relating how the group split up, but are enjoying one final reunion.
The Dynamic Staging
Director Des McAnuff was nominated for a Tony for Jersey Boys thanks to the creative way that performances by the Four Seasons are woven into the history lesson. When the show goes into “concert mode,” you really feel like you are at a performance by Frankie Valli and the guys. This is aided by the on-stage band — especially the horn section grooving on a catwalk behind the singers.
Click HERE to read the full feature.
Why do you think JB keeps going and going and going?!
From @THR: Is Jersey Boys a Copyright Infringement? Frankie Valli & Bob Gaudio Face Trial for Ripping Off Own Life Stories in JB!October 4th, 2015
The Hollywood Reporter reports that a copyright infringement trial for Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, and producers of JERSEY BOYS in May 2016 in Nevada:
A journalist’s widow pursues an odd copyright case that’s four decades in the making.
There haven’t been many spectacles like the one coming soon to a Nevada federal courtroom. After a judge on Wednesday partially denied a summary judgment motion, the stage is now set for a jury trial where Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio, two singers in The Four Seasons, will defend themselves against allegations that the musical Jersey Boys is a copyright infringement.
One might legitimately ask: How it is possible for any artist to be accused of stealing his or her own life story? This strange case provides the answer.
For full details, click HERE.
In honor of the dedication of the new Bob Crewe Program in Art and Music at Maine College of Art on Saturday, let’s salute Mr. Crewe with a great photo of him at the JERSEY BOYS opening night festivities on November 6, 2005.
Bob Gaudio & Frankie Valli (@frankievalli) to Attend Dedication of Bob Crewe Program in Art & Music at Maine College of Art on Saturday!September 30th, 2015
Ray Routhier of the Portland Press Herald reports that Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio are scheduled to be in Portland, Maine on Saturday to help honor the memory of a man who was instrumental in their careers, the late Bob Crewe, who passed away last year at the age of 83. Valli and Gaudio will attend the dedication of the new Bob Crewe Program in Art and Music at Maine College of Art on Congress Street, said Raffi Der Simonian, director of marketing and communications for the college.
Crewe, a New Jersey native, moved to Maine later in his life. His brother, Dan Crewe, came to Maine in 1991 and was a co-founder of the Gateway Mastering Studio in Portland. The studio works on recordings by many of pop music’s biggest acts.
The new MECA program and facility being dedicated Saturday is funded by a $3 million gift, given to MECA by the Bob Crewe Foundation in April 2014. When the grant was announced in 2014, Dan Crewe said the idea of starting a music program at an art school came about, at least partly, because his brother had started out as an artist before going into a career in music. Dan Crewe also said his brother, thankful for his own success, wanted to do what he could to support budding artists and musicians.
The program named for Crewe includes three classes this fall as well as 25,000 square feet of renovated space at the college’s main building on Congress Street. The renovated space will house studios, recording equipment, performance spaces and classrooms. The renovated space at MECA also includes the Bob Crewe Gallery, featuring some of his artwork. Valli, 81, was the lead singer of The Four Seasons and had solo hits as well. He still performs regularly and tours, and did a concert in Bangor last fall. Gaudio, 72, was a member of The Four Seasons who co-wrote many songs with Crewe.
Click HERE for the entire article.
The JERSEY BOYS national tour is receiving rave reviews on its third return to Pittsburgh at the Benedum Center. Check out excerpts below:
SteelCityMom.com: It all starts with Tommy, and the band he formed earlier struggling to make a name themselves. Through the years, the group has gone through several name changes. Then Tommy convinces Frankie Valli to join his group due to his unique sound. Aaron De Jesus who plays Frankie Valli was spot on. You actually thought that you are watching the real Frankie Valli perform live on stage – giving me goose bumps as he belts out the songs. Once Bob Gaudio, played by Drew Seeley, joined the group and added his talent as singer/songwriter – the hits we know started rolling in. Believe me, the drama that encompassed this group gave him plenty of material to write songs! But like any friendship / partnership, the Four Seasons had their share of triumph and defeat as they battled their personal demons. It’s funny how things really do come full circle.
Post-Gazette.com: The PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh touring production at the Benedum Center, its third stop in town, celebrates the group’s chart-topping and infectious music in a way that crosses generations. Raucous yet respectful to its story, this show is packed with exquisite harmonies and peppered with colorful and rough Jersey language straight out of “The Sopranos.”
“Jersey Boys” parallels the roller-coaster ride that was The Four Seasons’ career: from struggling for gigs and record deals (along with a little jail time for some members), to a string of hit records and the rise from rags to riches, and then the deep dip into financial and personal tensions that divided them. It’s a classic music biz story with real-life twists, complete with superstar talent and mobster ruffians. But take all that away, and the show could stand on its music alone. As the Valli character puts it, “When everything dropped away and all there was was the music, that was the best.”
Great JERSEY BOYS coverage by Linda Lenzi at Sunday’s BC/EFA Broadway Flea Market! Click HERE to view the rest of the fabulous coverage of Broadway stars at the big event!
Jersey Boys Natl Tour Plays Benedum Center through 10/4; Check Out Video of Cast on Pittsburgh Live!September 27th, 2015
Enjoy the fun segment with the JB national tour cast talking about their return to Pittsburgh!
Priceless looks on these students’ faces when they see The Four Seasons (Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio, Joe Long, and Frankie Valli) at their high school!
Cool, but somber photo of The 4 Seasons from their 1966 LP.
Newsflash: @JerseyBoysInfo Becomes 12th Longest-Running Show on Broadway Tonight, Surpassing Miss Saigon!September 22nd, 2015
Another milestone, folks! From Theatermania.com: As of this evening’s performance, Jersey Boys became the 12th-longest-running show in Broadway history. The musical played its 4,093rd performance, surpassing Miss Saigon’s 4,092-performance run.
Jersey Boys opened on November 6, 2005, at the August Wilson Theatre and earned four Tony Awards including Best Musical. The show has been seen by over 23 million people worldwide and is currently playing in New York, Las Vegas, London, in cities across North America on national tour, and across the U.K. on national tour.
Written by Marshall Brickman (The Addams Family) and Rick Elice (Peter and the Starcatcher), the musical follows the rise of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the popular 1960s pop/rock quartet made famous by hit songs such as “Sherry,” “Walk Like a Man,” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” Jersey Boys also features music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, and direction by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff with choreography by Sergio Trujillo.
The company currently stars tars Richard H. Blake (Tommy Devito), Matt Bogart (Nick Massi), Joseph Leo Bwarie (Frankie Valli), and Quinn VanAntwerp (Bob Gaudio). Peter Gregus, Mark Lotito, Candi Boyd, Jared Bradshaw, Cara Cooper, John Edwards, Frankie J. Galasso, Leo Huppert, Rory Max Kaplan, Katie O’Toole, Joe Payne, Mauricio Pérez, John Rochette, Jessica Rush, Dominic Scaglione Jr., Nathan Scherich, and Sara Schmidt complete the company.
Congratulations to the cast, crew, and creative team on their latest amazing milestone!
A memorial for late Tony Award-winning actor Roger Rees and husband of JERSEY BOYS co-author Rick Elice will be held tomorrow, September 21, 2015 at Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre, home of Disney’s Aladdin.
Doors will open at 12:30 pm under the marquee for Aladdin on West 42nd Street.
We send our love and thoughts to Rick and know tomorrow’s memorial will be a wonderful celebration of Roger’s life.
Photo Flashback: The Four Seasons at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction, 1990! #HappyBirthdayNickMassiSeptember 19th, 2015
What better way to conclude or birthday salute to the late Nick Massi than to post a photo of him and his original Four Seasons bandmates at their 1990 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction!
As we continue to honor the late Nick Massi on his birthday today, check out The Four Seasons’ rendition of “Oh, Carol”–with Nick’s amazing vocal arrangements, bass vocals, and his spoken lines! Truly one of my favorites from the “Sherry & 11 Others” album!
Do you have a favorite Four Seasons’ song that really shows off Nick Massi’s vocal arrangements, his phenomenal bass vocals or his bass guitar? Let us know & we’ll post it!
It must have been awesome back in 1964 with The 4 Seasons in concert with this amazing rendition of Close Your Eyes!
Happy Birthday to the Late, Great Nick Massi & to @MichaelLomenda, Who Played Him on Stage & in #JerseyBoysMovie!September 19th, 2015
Talk about the stars being in alignment! Not only was original Four Seasons member Nick Massi born on this day, but also born on this day is the fabulous actor who played him on the JERSEY BOYS stage and screen, Michael Lomenda!
Happy Birthday to Nick Massi & Michael Lomenda!