Cool photo of The Four Seasons, but I have no idea on the details! Does anyone have any scoop on The Four Seasons Summer Show of Stars?
JERSEY BOYS is playing at the Tulsa PAC through Sunday with critics & crowds going wild! Check out a sneak peek of the rave review on TulsaWorld.com:
What’s most intriguing about this production is how De Jesus gets across the development, the maturation of Valli’s voice. In his first scenes, De Jesus plays up a nasal tone — it sounds young and uncontrolled — but when the Four Seasons don the red jackets to perform “Sherry” for the first time, the change in De Jesus’ voice is startling.
Frankie Valli is a marathon of a role, and De Jesus is excellent in it. He makes one see this character truly grow up — when he finally explodes at DeVito over the mess he’s put the band in, De Jesus gives the moment such energy that it’s electrifying.
Dailey plays DeVito as a guy who doesn’t quite have enough oily charm to cover his thuggish personality, whose need for control points out his deep insecurities. Seeley’s Gaudio, on the other hand, is a clear-sighted pragmatist, with just enough innocence to sell “December 1963 (Oh What a Night).”
Oklahoma native Keith Hines takes the “man of few words” qualities of Nick Massi to the extreme — he makes Massi’s terse lines sound as if speaking is something Massi’s mouth isn’t quite comfortable doing. But that also makes the moment when Massi unloads a decade’s worth of grievances about DeVito’s personal habits that much more a comic highlight.
Click HERE for the entire review.
On May 21, 1966, The Four Seasons had the Hot Shot Debut at No. 63 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart with their single, Opus 17 (Don’t You Worry ‘Bout Me). This was the 27th entry for the group on the Hot 100 and it became their 21st Top 40 hit when it peaked at No. 13 on June 25, 1966. The song was written by Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell, who wrote their previous Top Ten hit, Working My Way Back To You, which peaked at No. 9 nearly three months prior to this debut.
Truly, IMHO, Opus 17 is the most underrated Four Seasons Top 40 hit! Still shocks me that it wasn’t in the Top 5 on the Hot 100 chart! Do you guys agree?
Fun video from earlier this week of the JERSEY BOYS national tour Four Seasons on Fox 2 in St. Louis!
The JERSEY BOYS national tour return to St. Louis (playing through tomorrow at the Fox Theatre) is receiving RAVES from critics! Check out snapshots below:
STLToday.com: The stars of this production carry it off in style. Strong actors and singers all, they make you feel tha they are the first actors to take these roles, not merely the latest ones. Aaron de Jesus, as lead singer Frankie Valli, has a fine falsetto and a firm hold on a character who grows from a nervous teen to a big star to a heartbroken father to a mature man who still finds the determination to keep on trying.
Drew Seeley makes an unflappable Bob Gaudio, the Season who wrote all the music. The real Gaudio wrote his first hit, “(Who Wears) Short Shorts,” at 15; it makes a cute number here. There’s more good work from Matthew Dailey as Tommy DeVito, a rough character who nevertheless got the group going, and from Keith Hines, whose portrayal of fastidious Nick Massi contributes plenty of laughter. Read the rest of this entry »
Great photo of the JERSEY BOYS cast members at the Manhattan Theatre Club at Spring Gala that was held on Monday evening, May 16! Click HERE to view more fabulous photo coverage of the JB cast and all of the other stars!
JERSEY BOYS national tour plays Wilmington at the Playhouse at Rodney Sqyare through Sunday. Check out an excerpt of a terrific review in DelawareOnline.com:
And that’s really what sets “Jersey Boys” apart from other jukebox musicals: The true story is as engaging as the music, and is equally at the heart of the show. It’s why you catch your breath when the horn section comes out during “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” even though you’ve heard the horn section in that song a thousand times.
It changes the way you hear songs you’ve heard your whole life.
If you can score a ticket to “Jersey Boys” in Wilmington, consider yourself fortunate. This production is worth the excitement.
Click HERE to read the entire review.
Let’s go back to a 1985 throwback when Frankie Valli guest starred on NBC’s Miami Vice, playing the character Frank Doss.
In his continuing coverage of JERSEY BOYS Las Vegas’ eighth anniversary celebration, Robin Leach shares some amazing facts and figures about the show. Here are a few fab facts:
Each night, there are 1,373 seats of the theater at Paris Las Vegas to be filled. The stage manager calls 661 cues each show, with electricians pulling 275 lighting cues in Act 1 and 188 in Act 2, with a short intermission of just eight minutes. Additionally, there are 198 automation cues in both acts.
Click HERE for more facts & figures!
JBB Exclusive: Michael Longoria (@LONGORIASINGS) Shares Insights on His BROADWAY BRICK BY BRICK Album!May 7th, 2016
As we reported earlier this week, former JERSEY BOYS star and member of The Midtown Men, Michael Longoria released his fantastic solo album, BROADWAY BRICK BY BRICK, along with concerts at Joe’s Pub!
BROADWAY BRICK BY BRICK is a masterpiece! If I may quote a line from JERSEY BOYS, “I LOVE THIS RECORD!” So happy to report that Michael’s debut album is available on Itunes!
We are so excited to share Michael’s JBB Exclusive interview and his many insights about his debut solo album!
Jersey Boys Blog: Great to catch up with you, Michael! Congratulations on your solo album, BROADWAY BRICK BY BRICK!It’s truly fantastic, with a great new take on some of the best Broadway songs of all time! Tell us about how this album project began. As a kid growing up, was it always your biggest dream to record a solo album?
Michael Longoria: It has always been a dream of mine to be on the radio with a solo album! This is a dream that I never want to wake from. In July, I started to work with Grammy Award winner John McDaniel on Broadway songs that I grew up listening to. I didn’t realize it at the time, but the project was creating itself. I knew I wanted to do a Broadway album, but had no idea it would take on such an emotional and personal message. I started to relate more to the songs that reminded me of HOME. Since I couldn’t physically go there, I wondered if I could travel there musically. I grew up singing Mariachi music, so my Latin version The Sound of Music really colors that side of me. The songs became representations of milestones in my life story, Maria from West Side Story represents the moment that the light bulb went of in a 10-year-old Michael’s head. Suddenly, I saw myself in the actors in the movie of a Broadway show called West Side Story. The Impossible Dream represents the moment a seventeen-year-old got on a plane after acceptance to NYU and claimed his destiny, boarding pass in hand. For my Jersey Boys song, I recorded my all time favorite, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, to represent the moment I took on the starring role in the Broadway show. Tell Me On a Sunday, for the moment I came home from a Saturday night show at Jersey Boys and got a late phone call from my mother. My grandmother, who I was extremely close to, had been ill so I knew the call was about her. I didn’t listen to the message until the following morning, a Sunday. The message from my mother simply said , “Michael, Grandma Juanita is gone.” Once the songs chose themselves, I realized that I had created an autobiographic journey using Broadway classics to tell my story.
JBB: Wow, Michael, I love hearing how you told your story through so many great Broadway classics! What about the recording process? How did you go about choosing your arranger & producer? What about that amazing band? Read the rest of this entry »
Daniel Reichard (@DanielReichard) Birdland (@birdlandjazz) Concert-Friends, Acquaintances, and Strangers-Tomorrow, 5/8!May 7th, 2016
Talk about a great way to spend Mother’s Day–a concert at Birdland starring the one & only Daniel Reichard!
From TheaterMania.com: Original Jersey Boys star Daniel Reichard will perform his cabaret show Friends, Acquaintances, and Strangers to Birdland on Sunday, May 8, at 6pm.
“New York City is blessed with an abundance of gifted people, several of whom I know well, others whom I’ve known casually over the years, and many of whom I have never met, but admired from afar,” says Reichard. “That’s what this show is about — celebrating the great times we can all have when we get together on any given night in the Big Apple. This evening will be a once-in-a-lifetime event.”
Reichard’s guest performers will include Broadway veteran Michael Longoria (Jersey Boys), tap dancer Luke Hawkins (Hail Caesar!), cellist Elad Kabilio, singer-songwriter Maddy Wyatt (of the band Wyatt), and more. Jesse Vargas will serve as the evening’s musical director and arranger.
Reichard is best known for his portrayal of chief songwriter and original Four Seasons member Bob Gaudio in the long-running musical Jersey Boys, a role he originated both on Broadway and in the La Jolla Playhouse premiere. He followed Jersey Boys with a run as Candide in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide at the New York City Opera and is currently touring concert halls across North America with fellow Jersey Boys alumnae in the vocal group, “The Midtown Men.”
For tickets and more information, click HERE.
Break a leg, Daniel!
Jersey Boys Celebrates Eight Years on Las Vegas Strip! Check Out Sneak Peek of @LasVegasSun Interview with @traviscloer!May 7th, 2016
Deven May, Bob Gaudio, Rob Marnell, Jeff Leibow, Frankie Valli, Graham Fenton and Travis Cloer celebrate the fifth anniversary of “Jersey Boys” in Las Vegas on Thursday, March 21, 2013. The hit musical is at Paris Las Vegas. (Photo Credit: Denise Truscello)
Robin Leach reports that tomorrow, JERSEY BOYS celebrates its eighth anniversary on the Las Vegas Strip, it also will mark the 3,165th performance — and not only is it still going strong, but it also is better, bolder and brassier than ever. Check out a preview to the Q&A with JB Vegas cast member Travis Cloer!
Robin Leach: Let’s talk about eight years, the longevity of “Jersey Boys.” From performing as Frankie Valli, then as an actor, give me two reasons from two viewpoints as to why this show has been such a success.
Travis Cloer: Well, I think from first the performer’s point-of-view, this has been the most rewarding acting experience I’ve had onstage. Telling this great story and seeing this incredible music night after night that I do. I get offstage, and I’m fulfilled. It’s one of those rare pieces that as an actor, it is truly, truly a joy to do. I think that the entire cast feels that way.
I think that is one of the main reasons why I keep coming back because we’re taking this joy that we’re feeling in doing this show and getting it to the audience each night. That’s infectious, and they just want more of it. I think from an audience’s point-of-view, first and foremost, we have this great catalog of music where the hits just keep coming.
On top of that, this compelling story of this underdog group of guys in one of the roughest parts of the United States at that time, making it to be Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, the multimillionaires before they reach 30 years old. It’s quite a story, and I think audiences can relate to that, and it also has that Las Vegas connection that people enjoy.
Click HERE to read the entire interview with Travis.
Great review for JERSEY BOYS national tour by Christopher Arnott in the Hartford Courant! Check out a sneak peek below:
By now, you’d expect that “Jersey Boys” would be showing signs of wear and tear, or at least expect audiences to be more relaxed about it. But the current tour at the Shubert is notable for maintaining the luster and energy of a much younger show. The whole two-and-a-half-hour whirlwind of sharp, foulmouthed Jersey repartee and soaring pop harmonies glides as smoothly as the swooping, swaying well-coiffed and intricately choreographed Seasons themselves.
On Wednesday night (April 27, 2016), former NFL quarterback and sports commentator Joe Theismann was spotted attending the smash-hit musical Jersey Boys at Paris Las Vegas (Photo courtesy of Jersey Boys Las Vegas).
VegasNews.com reports that on Wednesday night (April 27, 2016), former NFL quarterback and sports commentator Joe Theismann was spotted attending Jersey Boys at Paris Las Vegas and Following the performance, Theismann went backstage to share his enthusiasm for the show and pose for a photo with members of the cast.
Exciting news to report about JERSEY BOYS Tony Award-nominated orchestrator Steve Orich!
Steve is now working with the new Broadway-bound musical, Josephine, which officially opens tonight at the Mertz Theatre, located in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. Steve is responsible for the new musical’s orchestrations, arrangements, and musical supervision!
Click HERE to learn more about Josephine.
Congratulations to Steve on his latest accomplishment!
We’re a little late on this Thursday evening, but enjoy this photo of Frankie Valli during a radio interview, probably around 1975.
Does anyone have any details on this photo?
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!
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
News from John Michael Coppola (@JMCJerseyVoice) ! The Four C Notes To Kick Off Summer Tour at Apollo Theater, 5/21!May 2nd, 2016
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 »