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September 29, 2014

Listen to Fabulous NPR Interview with Frankie Valli (@FrankieValli) & Bob Gaudio Honoring the Life of Bob Crewe!

September 29th, 2014

Frankie Valli & Bob Gaudio share insights and stories about working with the late Bob Crewe on this wonderful NPR segment.

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September 27, 2014

Listen to Tom Brokaw’s Tribute to Bob Crewe on ‘An American Story’

September 27th, 2014

Veteran broadcaster Tom Brokaw has posted a terrific segment on the late great Bob Crewe on this week’s edition of “An American Story.”

It’s great to hear Brokaw’s fond memories of the music that makes him feel 16 again, but I wish he would have double-checked his research! Crewe co-wrote massive songs for The Four Seasons–but did not write “Sherry”! That error aside, it’s still a nice tribute.

Click HERE to listen.

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September 25, 2014

Throwback Thursday: The Four Seasons Rag Doll/Silence Is Golden 45 RPM Picture Sleeve, 1964 #tbt

September 25th, 2014

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A Four Seasons 45 RPM picture sleeve from 50 years ago!

For those of you who have collected the picture sleeves over the years, do you have a personal favorite from your Four Seasons collection?

What about your favorite Four Seasons album cover?

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September 24, 2014

Deven May (@DevenMay) Ends Run as ‘Tommy DeVito’ in Jersey Boys Las Vegas 11/23

September 24th, 2014

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Deven May and Tommy DeVito (Photo Credit: Kirvin Doak Communications)

LVRJ columnist Norm Clarke reports that Deven May will be ending his run as “Tommy DeVito” in JERSEY BOYS Las Vegas on November 23, 2014.

Deven told Clarke Monday during the Sesquicentennial All-Star Concert at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts that he is involved in a reality show based on a local artist, from the art world not a musical artist. The project will air next year.

He also has invested in a business project that involves an aquatic container.

As reported earlier, fellow JB Vegas cast member Jeff Leibow will be ending his run as “Nick Massi” in the production on the same date as Deven May. Jeff will be working as the full-time director of the NF Hope Foundation, an organization that raises funds and awareness to battle neurofibromatosis, also known as NF. Jeff also told Clarke that he intends to pursue TV and film work.

Although we’ll miss Deven in JERSEY BOYS -(, we wish him all the best as he moves on to new adventures!

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September 22, 2014

Sneak Peek of Bob Gaudio’s PopCultureClassics.com In-Depth Interview!

September 22nd, 2014

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PopCultureClassics.com has posted a fabulous in-depth interview with musical genius Bob Gaudio, who talks about the early days of JERSEY BOYS, the movie, the movie soundtrack, his early musical influences, his time with The Royal Teens, The Four Seasons, Jersey Babys and more! Below is a sneak peek:

POP CULTURE CLASSICS: With all the new Rhino releases – “Jersey Boys” film soundtrack, 4 Seasons box set, the ”Audio with a G” album, does that prompt you to reflect on this amazing body of work you’ve created?

BOB GAUDIO: Yeah, it does. It does make me feel older. But starting with “Jersey Boys” and all of that going on… it’s actually exhausting, watching the show. It feels like I’m running through 45, getting more like 50, years of show biz, so to speak, in music. It has quite an impact, when you watch it in two-and-a-half hours. Same way, when I listened to some of the albums, although, I must to admit, I haven’t listened to the soundtrack since I finished it. But it was fun doing it. The soundtrack for the movie was an amalgamate of a little bit of everything, as it states on the cover – the Broadway show, some original masters, the film soundtrack – so it was fun doing that, because I found materials. It’s like picking fruit from a music tree. Some versions of stuff that we did and Frankie did. So, yes, it was great, in answer to your question, in a long-winded way. It’s an amazing thing to be able to do and be still around to do it.

PCC: That “Jersey Boys” movie soundtrack is a very engaging mix of the film’s performances and the original tracks. What was the thought behind that?

GAUDIO: Well, what I realized and I should have expected, because Clint Eastwood is all things to all people, and when he does a movie, as with Scorcese or Spielberg, they take over and they do what they do. So I didn’t really know what I was going to get. I was not part of… I was not on the set. I let it go, as I did with the Broadway show, when it was in La Jolla [where the musical was originally launched in 2004]. When I heard what I had to work with, I realized that I didn’t have enough to put out what I perceived to be a comprehensive soundtrack. Didn’t have enough time, without using tons of underscore. And I didn’t prefer doing that, given our catalogue. So once I started looking through, okay, how do I turn 20 minutes of music for me, that I would use, into 50 minutes? Hence, what came about was a combination of the Broadway show, what I had from the film, and original masters. I think, to use probably an old expression, doing a mash-up on a couple of things, and combining the two sources, was really fun.

PCC: And what was your reaction to Clint Eastwood’s film version?

GAUDIO: Well, the music, you know, he did as I knew he was going to do – a live version of it. Mostly everything was done on the set. I’m sure there were fix-ups. But essentially, it’s live on the set. I was apprehensive about that and how that process would work. It is what it is. It’s the real deal, so to speak. And in doing so, lots of things didn’t get used. They didn’t quite work, so they didn’t go in the film. They weren’t on screen – songs like “Beggin’,” which is probably the most current song we have in our catalogue, to have an attachment to a younger audience. And things like that. And that’s why I approached the soundtrack the way I did. It’s another version of our history and our life and time, as is “Jersey Boys.” So it’s another take on it. And it’s got serious merits.

PCC: But the film as a whole, were you happy the way he transferred the dramatic elements to the screen?

GAUDIO: Yeah, I mean, there’s lots of stuff in that film that I like. Again, I have said this before, I saw something early on of the film. I didn’t go to the opening. Neither Frankie nor I went to the opening. You know, I had lots of apprehensions before the show opened in La Jolla, even though I kind of knew what was going on. We told our story. We saw some drafts of the show, what Marshall and Rick did [writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice]. But you never know. You just never know until it’s in your face. And opening night in La Jolla, was a little frightening. We were very positive and actually thrilled not only with how we felt about it, but the audience response. So that was one of the thrills I’ll always remember.

I just got nervous about going to the opening of the film, because, times 10 what happened in La Jolla was going to happen on the screen, because it’s truly in your face [laughs]. The big screen is another world. So I must admit, I was not very courageous. And I elected not to go. My kids went and family went. But I just felt nervous . So I didn’t see what everybody else saw. I saw an early cut. And there was lots of work still going on and Clint was still making changes. So I guess I’m looking forward to seeing it on television [laughs].

Click HERE to read the entire interview.

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September 19, 2014

Nick Massi Day, In Honor of His Birthday, Part 3: ‘Tell Me You Care’ by Nicki & the Nite Lites!

September 19th, 2014

Let’s go back to 1959 to Nick Massi’s group–Nickie & the Nite Lites!

Nicky, you’ll never be forgotten!

Also a special Happy Birthday shout-out to the multitalented actor who portrays Nick Massi on stage & screen–Michael Lomenda! Isn’t it cool that both guys share the same birthday?!

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Nick Massi Day In Honor of His Birthday, Part Two: ‘Close Your Eyes’

September 19th, 2014

To continue honoring the late Nick Massi on his birthday, we wanted to share one of our absolute favorites: a rare 1964 fantastic concert recording of him singing lead on “Close Your Eyes.”

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It’s Nick Massi Day on JBB in Honor of His Birthday! Part One: The Hollywood Playboys Photo!

September 19th, 2014

Nick Massi (on the far right) as a member of The Hollywood Playboys

In honor of the late great Nick Massi’s birthday (September 19, 1927) today, we will be saluting him throughout the day. In the late 1950s, Nicky was a band member in a variety of groups, including The Hollywood Playboys!

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September 18, 2014

Jeff Leibow (@JeffLeibow) Ends His Run in Jersey Boys Las Vegas in November to Direct NF Network

September 18th, 2014

Jeff Leibow

John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Sun broke some sad news for JERSEY BOYS fans today:

In “Jersey Boys,” the character of Nick Massi is the first to leave the core group that was The Four Seasons. As he says to the audience, “I just want to go home.”

Jeff Leibow, who has portrayed Massi on the Strip for more than six years, is going home, in a manner of speaking, to the cause that is his life passion.

He told the sold-out crowd at Composers Showcase in Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center on Wednesday night that he will be leaving “Jersey Boys” when his contract expires in November.

Leibow’s next calling is as a full-time director of NF Hope Foundation, which is the organization that raises funds and awareness to fight neurofibromatosis, or NF, as it is commonly known.

Emma Leibow, the daughter of Jeff and Melody, suffers from NF, which is a genetic disorder that attacks the nervous system to the point that the tumor suppressor gene is disabled.

Without warning, tumors can surface and grow on any nerve in the body. Leibow has led the fight against NF on the national level, taking the battle all the way to Congress, and has now been recruited to serve the foundation in that role full time.

He plans to remain in Las Vegas and is building toward the next all-star “NF Hope Concert” at Sands Showroom in the Venetian at 1 p.m. Oct. 19.

Leibow’s final performance in “Jersey Boys” at Paris Las Vegas is Nov. 23. He made his debut in the show when it opened at Palazzo in May 2008. Prior to joining the cast at Palazzo, Leibow played Massi in the show at Curran Theatre in San Francisco, and will have logged 2,800 performances over seven years when he finally leaves the cast.

To quote Frankie Valli, “Why does everybody leave?” We’ll miss Jeff so much in his role as Nick Massi in JB Vegas, but wish him all the best with the NF Network!

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Throwback Thursday: The Four Seasons in the Studio with the Late Bob Crewe & Arranger Artie Schroeck, 1966! #tbt

September 18th, 2014

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Left to right: Joe Long, Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, producer Bob Crewe, conductor Artie Shroeck and Tommy DeVito (Photo Credit: Archive Photos, Getty Images)

Amazing #tbt of The Four Seasons with their producer Bob Crewe and arranger/conductor Artie Schroeck going over an arrangement in the studio back in 1966. Visit Seattlepi.com for other photos of the late Bob Crewe.

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JB Cast Update: @QuinnVanAntwerp Returns to ‘Bob Gaudio’ Role in Jersey Boys Broadway 9/23!

September 18th, 2014

Quinn VanAntwerp

From Broadway.com: Quinn VanAntwerp will re-join the Broadway cast of Jersey Boys at the August Wilson Theatre on September 23 in the role of Bob Gaudio. He takes over from Drew Gehling, who will depart the production on September 21.

VanAntwerp made his Broadway debut in 2011 as Four Seasons mastermind Gaudio after three years in the Toronto company and the show’s national tour. His off-Broadway credits include That Other Woman’s Child and Take Me America.

Welcome back, Quinn & break a leg next week!

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September 15, 2014

Excerpt of Awesome @NYTObits on Bob Crewe

September 15th, 2014

The Four Seasons (L-R Joe Long, Bob Gaudio, Frankie Valli, Charles Calello {arranger} and Bob Crewe {producer} seated) listen to a playback in the studio on April 19, 1967 in New York City, New York. Photo: Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images

The New York Times posted a wonderful piece on the late Bob Crewe, highlighting his amazing career and reflecting on his talents and decades of success in the music business. Below is an excerpt:

With bright bells, ample strings and big, precise percussion, Mr. Crewe’s productions were crisp confections that gave little ground to the rougher rock that was on the rise in the 1960s. He wrote about innocent crushes, direct sexuality and heartache, his metaphors always accessible. Against the big melody of “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore),” which was first recorded by the Four Seasons but became a bigger hit for the Walker Brothers, he wrote in sad counterpoint:

Loneliness is the coat you wear,

A deep shade of blue is always there.

The sun ain’t gonna shine anymore.

The moon ain’t gonna rise in the sky

The tears are always clouding your eyes

When you’re without love.

Click HERE to read the entire piece.

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September 14, 2014

Want an Exclusive Concert from the Stars of Jersey Boys Las Vegas? Become an #NFHopeConcert VIP! @JeffLeibow

September 14th, 2014

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Want an exclusive concert from the stars of Jersey Boys? Become an #NFHopeConcert VIP.

If you become an NF Hope Concert VIP, you will be invited to a private reception, a concert from Jersey Boys Las Vegas cast members on the evening of Monday, September 29, and VIP seats at the 2014 NF Hope Concert on Sunday, October 19!

Click HERE to check out the NF Hope Facebook page with Jeff Leibow’s video invitation.

If you’re interested in the VIP invitation, please send the organizers a note at this link: http://nfhope.org/contact.html,

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September 13, 2014

Bob Crewe Photo Flashback #BobCreweDay

September 13th, 2014

Since the announcement of Bob Crewe’s passing, journalists, pop music critics, colleagues, musicians, and fans have posted so many wonderful tributes honoring his legacy.

On tonight’s NBC News, as Brian Williams announced the sad news that Crewe was no longer with us, I couldn’t help but notice his smile as he named several of the big hits that Crewe had written or produced (including hits for Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Oliver, and LaBelle). Williams then commented that Crewe made the world a better place!

There is really no better way to put it: Bob Crewe definitely made the world a better place with his brilliant contributions to the pop music world for nearly 60 years! The stars will continue to be in alignment every time a Crewe record is played and he will never be forgotten!

For each and every actor who is playing (or has played) Bob Crewe in JERSEY BOYS, thank you for bringing his life to the stage and for continuing to keep the memory of him alive for years to come!

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September 12, 2014

Video Flashback: Lady Marmalade by LaBelle & Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, & Pink #BobCreweDay

September 12th, 2014

Bob Crewe’s hitmaking streak continued for so many decades. In 1974, with Kenny Nolan, he wrote “Lady Marmalade.” Recorded by Labelle, this song became notorious for its sexually provocative, New Orleans-inflected chorus, “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir?” and became a radio and dance club sensation. Labelle peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March, 1975. (The following week, the songwriting duo had another song top the charts–Frankie Valli’s “My Eyes Adored You”!)

“Lady Marmalade” was re-recorded by Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mýa, and Pink for the soundtrack of the 2001 film Moulin Rouge!, and this version remained at the #1 position in the U.S. for five weeks. It repeated the same chart position in the United Kingdom and Australia. Rolling Stone ranked “Lady Marmalade” as the 479th greatest song of all time.

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The Bob Crewe Foundation: Established in the Spirit of Giving Back #BobCreweDay

September 12th, 2014

Bob Crewe and his brother Daniel (Photo Credit: BobCrewFoundation.org)

The late Bob Crewe decided he wanted to do something to give back to the world which had been so bountiful to him. In 2009, he funded and launched The Bob Crewe Foundation. It was his hope that through this endeavor many young, talented and aspiring people may be helped toward such a career as he has enjoyed. In addition, he has long supported issues confronting the LGBT world and has made this a Foundation priority.

It was his wish that, among other things, the Trust provide support in the fields of fine arts and music by empowering aspiring artists and underserved youth to pursue, develop and realize their talents and goals. The Trust is directed to support various organizations which nurture and support young people by funding fellowships, scholarships and training and mentoring programs in the areas of fine arts and music.

Visit BobCreweFoundation.org to learn more about the foundation, to apply for grants, and to support the organization.

Contact Information:
The Bob Crewe Foundation
PO Box 6112
Falmouth, ME 04105
[email protected]

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Jersey Boys Curtain Speech Honoring Bob Crewe by Rick Elice #BobCreweDay

September 12th, 2014

Last night, JERSEY BOYS companies around the globe presented their audiences with a curtain speech in honor of Bob Crewe, written by the awesome co-author of JB, Rick Elice:

Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you for coming to the show tonight. We had some news today, some sad news. Bob Crewe, the lyricist and producer of so many of the Four Seasons original hits, the man that Frankie, Bob Gaudio, Tommy and Nick referred to as The FIFTH Season, passed away this morning.

Bob Crewe was a music industry icon in the 50s, 60s and 70s – three decades, and that’s no small accomplishment.

Ten years ago, he became part of the Jersey Boys family, when the show was originally created in Southern California and a year later on Broadway. He was never happier, Crewe said, then when he stood right here, on this stage, on opening night, and took a bow.

Jersey Boys brought Crewe great joy, and he brought great joy to us. He’ll always be part of the Jersey Boys family, and like the little man with the big heart always says: “Family is everything.”

Take another bow, Bob Crewe. And feel the love.

Beautiful words, Rick, for the guy with “the best ears in the business.”

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Video Flashback: Silhouettes by The Rays #BobCreweDay

September 12th, 2014

How did the great late ’50s hit “Silhouettes” come about? According Behind The Hits:Inside Stories of Classic Pop and Rock and Roll in May 1957, songwriter Bob Crewe saw a couple embracing through a windowshade as he passed on a train. He quickly set about turning the image into a song. Frank Slay, who owned the small Philadelphia record label XYZ with Crewe, added lyrics, and they soon had a complete song ready to record.

“Silhouettes” peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Bob Crewe became a hitmaking machine for the next three decades.

Click HERE for more information on Bob Crewe’s amazing career and song catalog.

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Preview of Charles Alexander’s Insightful Tribute to Bob Crewe in The Huffington Post #BobCreweDay

September 12th, 2014

Charles Alexander has written a wonderful tribute to the late Bob Crewe in The Huffington Post. Below is a preview:

“I’m hearing it in sky blue. You’re giving me brown.” So says a real-life character named Bob Crewe in the play and movie Jersey Boys. He’s producing a recording of the song “Trance” by Billy Dixon and the Topics, and he’s complaining that the group is just not singing it right. At the end of the scene the singers stomp out in disgust, but over the next decade (the 1960s) they took Crewe’s advice more often than not. You see, one of the “Topics” was a little guy named Frankie Valli and under Crewe’s tutelage the group achieved megastardom as the Four Seasons.

Crewe, one of the most successful songwriters and producers in pop-music history, died on Thursday at 82 after a long illness. It’s a personal loss for me, because I got to know Crewe a bit when I helped produce and write liner notes for a box set of Four Seasons’ hits in 2007.

Raised in Belleville, NJ, right outside Newark, Bob Crewe was just as much a scrappy Jersey boy as the four original Seasons — Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi — even if, by the time the Seasons came his way, he was already enough of a big-deal record producer to have moved to plush digs on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. With his gift for catchy lyrics, Crewe teamed up with composer Gaudio to form one of the best songwriting duos ever — at least on par with Goffin and King and not all that far behind Lennon and McCartney. The Four Seasons and the Beach Boys were the only two American groups from the early ’60s to survive and thrive even after the British invasion. Together Crewe and Gaudio wrote “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” “Silence is Golden,” “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore)” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” among many other hits.

Click HERE to read the entire article.

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