Get your tissues out, folks! I promise you will be tearing up after this performance so many multitalented JERSEY BOYS family members on stage at the BC/EFA Gypsy of the Year celebration!
How many of you have already heard legendary Frankie Valli’s Christmas album, ‘TIS THE SEASONS?
The two guys with a JERSEY contract have done it again! Musical genius Bob Gaudio has produced legendary pop icon Frankie Valli’s first solo Christmas album and we are all in for a treat! Along with some of the most loved holiday classics, Valli has teamed up with fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Jeff Beck on “Merry Christmas, Baby”!
You can order your copy on Amazon by clicking HERE!
It could happen! It did happen! For the week ending Sunday, December 4, 2016, JERSEY BOYS grossed $1,085,083 and was the eighth highest grossing show! This marks its highest gross since January 2015.
Not bad for a show from over 11 years ago, is it?!
Click HERE for this week’s total Broadway grosses.
Newsflash: Jersey Boys (@JerseyBoysInfo) Wins Top Fundraiser Award at Gypsy of the Year Competition for @BCEFA!December 6th, 2016
Talk about finishing strong! Although JERSEY BOYS is ending its phenomenal run on January 15, they’re still like that bunny on TV with the battery–winning the award as top fundraiser by collecting $322,211 for the 28th annual Gypsy of the Year competition, which benefits the charity Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS!
Congratulations to JERSEY BOYS and to all of the generous donors who supported JB & BC/EFA!
…When It Was All Still Ahead of Us….Flashback to Jersey Boys at La Jolla Playhouse, December 4, 2004December 4th, 2016
Twelve years ago this evening, December 4, 2004–the first time we heard that awesome sound and story on stage…When everything dropped away and I predicted that JERSEY BOYS would head to Broadway and win a Tony Award to the JBB Tech Half. That was the best!
The JERSEY BOYS national tour company will be returning to the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio from Dec. 6-11! Deborah Martin has a terrific preview with interviews from director Des McAnuff and Aaron De Jesus! Below is a preview:
This time around, Aaron De Jesus will play Valli. De Jesus took some inspiration from his dad.
“When we were all hired, we were not asked to do like an impersonation of these guys,” he said. “I think that for me, I was able to draw from my father’s experiences growing up very near where Frankie and the guys grew up — my dad born and raised in the South Bronx, across the river (from New Jersey). So I kind of draw a lot of my Frankie-isms from my dad and his experiences.”
Click HERE for the entire article.
On Friday, November 25th,Mark Ballas, currently making his Broadway debut as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys, wed fiancé BC Jean in a beautiful ceremony in Malibu!
Best wishes to the gorgeous, multi-talented couple!
Great catching up with Courter Simmons recently, who shared news about his UNDER THE ‘C’ show that is coming back to the Duplex this coming Friday night, December 2 at 7PM!
In addition, Courter shared some big JERSEY BOYS news: He’s back in the Broadway company, this time as the standby for Frankie!
Courter said, “It’s so great to be a part of the company one more time before the show closes (WAAAAAAAAH!!) in January. I just started this Tuesday and it’s been a blast.”
Welcome back, Courter!
From The Hollywood Reporter: According to a jury verdict Monday, creators of JERSEY BOYS took at least part of their now-famous show from an unpublished autobiography of founding member Tommy DeVito.
Journalist Rex Woodward helped DeVito write a non-fiction account of The Four Seasons’ more scandalous, even criminal, history. Woodward died before the book was ever published. When his widow, Donna Corbello, learned about the play and its connection to her late husband’s work, she sued.
Earlier this month, Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio were cleared from any liability in the lawsuit. U.S. District Judge Robert Jones found no evidence had been presented that either of the men was aware the show’s writers had copied from the book or had any ability to do anything about it if they had known.
The jury found that DeVito did not grant an implied license for the creators of the stage play to use his book as source material — and attributed 10 percent of Jersey Boys’ success to infringement of the book.
Michael David, Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice, Des McAnuff and several corporations connected to the play were each found liable for direct copyright infringement of the unpublished book, Tommy DeVito — Then and Now.
In July, the court decided to divide the trial into a liability phase followed by a damages phase. So the amount of damages, if any, to be awarded to Corbello has not yet been determined.
Jersey Boys Natl Tour Plays Rochester through Saturday; Check Out Fun Video on FoxRochester.com with Cast!November 29th, 2016
JERSEY BOYS national tour plays Rochester through Saturday, December 3! Check out this marvelous appearance with the guys from this morning on FoxRochester.com! Click HERE to watch!
Under The ‘C’ Splashes Starring Courter Simmons (@CourterSimmons) Back December 2 at 7 PM at The Duplex!November 28th, 2016
She really is a funny girl!
Cacophony Daniels Returns UNDER THE ‘C’
Tribute to Howard Ashman Celebrates the Lovable Misfit in Us All
New York, NY — On December 2, 2016, Cacophony Daniels (Courter Simmons) will return “Under the ‘C’,” in a fun and inspirational cabaret tribute to Grammy- and Oscar-winning playwright and lyricist Howard Ashman that celebrates the lovable misfit in us all.
Directed by Jonathan Hadley, with music direction by Kyle Branzel, “Under the ‘C’” honors the recent 25th anniversary of Howard Ashman’s death from AIDS-related complications.
Performed only as Cacophony can — in their original keys — featured songs will include some of Ashman’s award-winning standards from Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Little Shop of Horrors, as well as lesser-known gems from Smile, Babe, and Diamonds.
Gerry Geddes of bistroawards.com says the show is “Perfection…It was stunning!”
Tickets are $10 in advance at http://purplepass.com/CacophonyDec2 or $15 at the door.
Always the loudest girl in the room, singer, actress, over-the-top drag diva, and nightlife personality Cacophony Daniels has been featured on NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura (The Mystery of the Popped Pugilist), at Broadway Sessions, and in venues throughout New York City. Committed to fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Cacophony is also a volunteer and spokesperson for HIV Smart.
What: “Under the ‘C’” – Cacophony Daniels Sings the Songs of Howard Ashman
Who: Cacophony Daniels (Courter Simmons)
Kyle Branzel (Music Director)
Jonathan Hadley (Director)
Where: The Duplex
61 Christopher Street (@ 7th Ave)
New York, NY 10014
When: 7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:30 PM)
Tickets: $10 online (http://purplepass.com/CacophonyDec2), $15 at the door.
What’s Thanksgiving without JERSEY BOYS?! Enjoy last year’s fantastic JB performance!
Let’s continue our Thanksgiving Day tradition–with another JB OBC flashback! Another fantastic performance on Thanksgiving Day on CBS in 2006!
Happy Thanksgiving to all JBB readers! Let’s go back to Thanksgiving Day, 2005–11 years ago today–with the awesome JERSEY BOYS Broadway OBC performance at the 2005 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade–when it was all still ahead of them!
Daniel Reichard (@DanielReichard) Performs Annual Holiday Show in San Francisco, NYC, and Cleveland in December!November 22nd, 2016
Exciting news this holiday season!
Daniel Reichard, who created the role of Bob Gaudio in the Original Broadway Cast of JERSEY BOYS, will bring his annual holiday show to three cities this December. First, he will play Feinstein’s at the Nikko on December 11th at 7 PM (www.feinsteinsatthenikko.com). Then, he will play three consecutive nights at the world-famous Birdland Jazz Club in New York City on December 17th at 6 PM, December 18th at 6 PM, and December 19th at 7 PM (www.birdlandjazz.com). Finally, he will return to his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, on December 22nd and 23rd at 7:30 PM at the Music Box Supper Club (www.musicboxcle.com). The show will feature lively versions of iconic holiday classics, Hanukkah favorites, and treasures from the Great American Songbook.
Jersey Boys Among 20 Greatest Shows in Las Vegas History According to Las Vegas Weekly! @lasvegasweekly @JerseyBoysInfoNovember 20th, 2016
In their latest issue, Las Vegas Weekly posted the 20 greatest shows in Las Vegas history. No surprise here–JERSEY BOYS, which just ended a record-breaking run on The Strip was on the list:
8. Jersey Boys: Las Vegas has seen its share of Broadway productions, but few clicked like this musical based on the lives of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. From the razor-sharp script courtesy of Marshall Brickman to the performances of Travis Cloer as Valli and Erich Bergen as Bob Gaudio, this show delivered laughs, tears and nostalgia like few Vegas productions had before. Oh, and having some of the greatest pop songs in history didn’t hurt. Jersey Boys began its run at the Palazzo and ended it eight years later on September 18 at Paris, making it the longest-running Broadway-to-Vegas show to date.
Click HERE to read the feature on the 20 greatest shows.
Thanks to Danielle Gaudio-Lalehzar, we have fantastic photo coverage of Mark Ballas and his fiancée BC Jean following a performance with their awesome band, Alexander Jean! Enjoy the photos of Danielle with her friends, Mark Ballas, BC Jean, and Mark’s JERSEY BOYS castmates Matt Bogart & Drew Seeley.
ThePeoplesCritic.com: Jersey mob complications arise from some loan shark arrangements that endanger the group, and Thomas Fiscella is convincing as the crime boss, Gyp DeCarlo, who has an amusing sentimental breakdown when Valli sings the poignant, “My Mother’s Eyes.” Speaking of amusing, Johnny Wexler does a comic turn as the recording studio engineer, and there is a terrific cast of supporting players that excel in multiple roles. The action moves smoothly with the attractive gliding sets (scenic designer, Klara Zieglerova) and colorful lighting (designer Howell Binkley).
HoustonPress.com: For all the ups and downs of their journey, it’s the boys themselves who hold the show’s heart and our enjoyment. We like them all, root for them, even prickly Tommy (Matthew Dailey), who forms the quartet and is the questionable glue that keeps them together. Little Frankie (Aaron De Jesus with ethereal pipes) may be the star, but he’s surrounded by fully-drawn supporting characters who also get to tell the quartet’s story: Nick Massi (Keith Hines), who always threatens to leave the group but never does; songwriter deluxe Bob Gaudio (a delightfully spry Cory Jeacoma); lyricist Bob Crewe (Barry Anderson in urban fey mode); even a teen Joe Pesci (Jonny Wexler, all nerve endings).
BroadwayWorld.com: Directed by Des McAnuff, JERSEY BOYS is a well-oiled machine, with high production values that put a much-appreciated gloss to the show. McAnuff keeps the pacing up, which is a blessing in light of the uninspiring script. Lighting design by Howell Binkley is a huge hit, especially in the scene at the end of the first act (“Walk Like A Man” reprise) when we see a performance from the perspective of being behind the band. Klara Zieglerova’s sleek set is fluid and unobtrusive for the show’s many scene changes. Michael Clark’s projection design adds a fun visual to the production, with filming of the actors performing “for TV” and vintage pop art pieces add interest to the storyline. Jess Goldstein’s costumes are spot-on and pop under the lighting.
It’s Bob Gaudio Day on Jersey Boys Blog!
Please join us in wishing musical genius extraordinaire Bob Gaudio a very happy 75th birthday today! In honor of Bob’s special day, we’ve created a photo flashback over the last several decades from his days with The Royal Teens to The Four Seasons, and of course, JERSEY BOYS!
Bob, we hope your birthday and the year ahead are both filled with joy and thank you again for sharing your musical gifts with the world and for creating the greatest music of all time!