So many incredible memories and thanks for fans all over sharing some wonderful photos!
Just a little trip down memory lane with all the actors who have brought the story of The Four Seasons to life on stage over 11 years!
Look at me, I’m tearing up…It’s time for some photo snapshots of the last 11 years of JERSEY BOYS! Enjoy the early days, when it was all still ahead of this amazing company–from the first press photo to the big win at the Tony Awards!
We all know JERSEY BOYS is “ending much to soon” for all of us–but Sunday, January 15th is just days away! With only eight shows left to go, let’s get this salute started!
Please share your well wishes to past and present JB cast & crew, your memories, and anything else you would like to express! Let’s keep going and going and going–letting the cast, crew, and of course the creative team know how much JERSEY BOYS has meant to us over the last 11+ years (truth be told, 12 years–for some of us who experienced the WOW! at La Jolla Playhouse)!
The JERSEY BOYS national tour company will be playing Toledo at the Stranahan Theater from Jan 10-15 and Sue Brickey of The Toledo Blade has a terrific interview with Aaron De Jesus, who plays Frankie Valli! Below is a sneak peek:
De Jesus has met Valli several times. “He comes to see the show from time to time,” the actor said, “and he’s seen me play him once, which was a neat experience — a little bit nerve-racking, but exciting.”
What did Valli think?
“He complimented me and said I did a great job,” said De Jesus, who has been playing Valli on the tour for about a year and a half and appeared in the Joe Pesci role in the Las Vegas Jersey Boys for about three and a half years, understudying the Valli role.
“When it comes to singing, Frankie and I have a similar tone quality to our voices, and so it’s not easy, but it’s easier for me to replicate his sound, the style he sang.”
In Jersey Boys he is “not trying to do a carbon copy [of Valli], or an impersonation,” adding that as an actor he brings his personality to the role.
Click HERE to read the entire article.
Looks like audiences can’t get enough of JERSEY BOYS! In their second to last week on Broadway, the Tony Award winning show finished in sixth place for the week, grossing $1,359,617!
Visit BrodwayWorld.com for a full rundown of the previous week’s grosses.
Robert Wiener, staff writer at New Jersey Jewish News, has a terrific article with songwriter Sandy Linzer, a songwriter who co-wrote four of The Four Seasons’ big hits in the 1960s. Here’s a sneak peak below:
Sandy Linzer, who was raised on the border of Hillside and Newark, was proud to be among the select few who wrote hit songs for Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.
“I am an independent songwriter and when it was time for The Four Seasons to record I submitted songs to them,” Linzer told NJJN. “Fortunately, they picked four of them that they really liked a lot.”
And as a Jersey boy, he was thrilled when those four songs — “Dawn (Go Away),” “Let’s Hang On,” “Working My Way Back to You,” and “Opus 17” (also known as “Don’t You Worry ‘bout Me”) — were included in the popular juke box musical, Jersey Boys, based on the quintet, which formed in 1961.
After a run of more than a decade—it opened in 2005—the Broadway show is scheduled to close Jan. 15.
“I thought the show was brilliant,” said Linzer, speaking by phone from his winter home in Boca Raton, Fla.
To read the entire article, which mentions his days back in the Brill Building, click HERE.
Scott Rawson of BroadwayWorld.com was highly surprised on how much he enjoyed JERSEY BOYS in Madison! Check out a preview of the review below.
What began as four guys singing under a street lamp and continues today, on a handshake by the way, proved to be a gripping and moving story about friendship, loss and more than anything else, honor. While the show is about Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, it’s also about so much more.
After giving the cast their well-earned standing ovation the audience departs, but somehow unwilling to relinquish the hold this show had over them, they sang. Some in small groups, some solos, some flittered from one group and song to another like musical butterflies, and some merely hummed softly to themselves, perhaps too timid to join in, but nearly all sang none the less. That is the kind of show this is. Go. See it. You’ll not regret it for it truly is our story in a way…all of us.
Click HERE for the entire review.
Jersey Boys Natl Tour at Overture through Tomorrow; Check out Fabulous Interview with Barry Anderson (@4BarryAnderson) on News 3!January 7th, 2017
Great interview with Wisconsin native Barry Anderson, who plays Bob Crewe in the JERSEY BOYS national tour!
Such an awesome TODAY Show performance from the JERSEY BOYS OBC, just a week or so before winning big at the Tony Awards in 2006! One of the rare instances (maybe the only one?) when “Cry For Me” was performed on television!
Lyne Lucien of The Daily Beast states that she never really had a desire to see JERSEY BOYS all these years. She assumed the musical would simply regurgitate their best hits peppering in sparse dialogue and the occasional jazz hands. Perhaps one for tourists, or for fans of the band.
Considering JB is closing later this month, Lucien decided to finally see the show–to discover what led so many theatregoers to see it.
Guess what? She LOVED it! Here’s a sneak peek below of her rave review:
The night I saw Jersey Boys, the theater was full. The audience—which seemed like a sea of expensive furs and fitted suits reminiscent of the ’60s—sat impatiently waiting for a first glimpse of the actors playing their beloved Four Seasons.
McAnuff pulls off a complicated narrative, considering his difficult task of showing the entirety of the Four Seasons career in just two acts. He successfully maintains a high-energy vibe throughout the musical. Hit songs like “Walk Like a Man” or “Big Girls Don’t Cry” don’t last more than a couple minutes. The monologues are short, punchline-heavy, wry, and serve as complete synopses of where each character ultimately ends up.
After seeing the show, my cynicism evaporated. I can understand why 24 million people have seen Jersey Boys internationally. It’s gloriously entertaining; I know for sure that I’ll never fuhgeddaboudit.
Click HERE to read the rave review.
JERSEY BOYS Broadway is going out with a bang! For the week ending 1/1/17, JERSEY BOYS broke its own box office record, grossing $1,778,189! The previous record JB broke, was back in the first week in January, 2010–when the show grossed $1,440,456.
For full Broadway grosses for the week ending January 1, 2017, visit BroadwayWorld.com.
For more details and analysis of the amazing week at the Broadway box office, visit Dateline.com.
David Gordon of Theatermania.com has posted a marvelous Q&A with Peter Gregus, who has been playing Bob Crewe since day one in the La Jolla Playhouse run of JERSEY BOYS through the incredible 11-year run on Broadway. Check out a sneak peek of the interview with this wonderful actor below:
What is your favorite line that you get to say?
It’s in the car scene when I’m one of the gangsters with Frankie Valli when he’s a kid. I get to say “piece of f***ing sh*t a**hole f***ing moron.” It just rolls right off your tongue, and it’s even better when there are kids in the front row. That’s when I really lay into it. They gotta learn sometime.
Who is the coolest person that came to see your show? (You can’t say your family!)
James Gandolfini. He came back to see it over and over again, and every time he came, he would bring four or five or six army vets or marine vets who had just gotten back from the Middle East. He was genuinely concerned with the health and welfare of our war vets. It was so touching.
Click HERE to read the entire interview with Peter.
It’s no surprise, but on Broadway.com’s Editorial Staff’s Save the Date Picks for January, JERSEY BOYS is on the list!
January 15 – Last Chance for Jersey Boys
After 11 years, four Tony Awards (including Best Musical) and thousands of standing ovations, the story about the meteoric rise of four guys singing under a street lamp will shutter at the August Wilson Theatre. “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” but we’re not making any promises as the curtain comes down on this hit.
Site Producer Joanne Villani
“Jersey Boys is one of my all-time favorite Broadway shows. I’ve loved every experience I’ve had seeing the show, including the original Broadway cast and am sad to see it go! Happy trails, Jersey Boys!”
For all staff picks, click HERE.
So, are you guys making one more trip to JERSEY BOYS on or before January 15th?!?
There has never been a more fantastic rendition of Auld Lang Syne than the one recorded by JERSEY BOYS cast members Joseph Leo Bwarie, Travis Cloer, Rick Faugno, Bobby Fox, Ryan Molloy, Jarrod Spector, John Lloyd Young, and Erik Bates on Seasons Greetings: A Jersey Boys Christmas!!
We wish everyone a Happy New Year!
Happy New Year to all fellow JERSEY BOYS fans! Let’s go back to the greatest New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, EVER–the JERSEY BOYS OBC fabulous performance back in 2007!
Jersey Boys Natl Tour Plays Madison Jan. 3-8; Check Out Sneak Peek of Interview with Kristen Paulicelli!December 31st, 2016
JERSEY BOYS national tour plays Madison, Wisconsin January 3-8 at the Overture Center for the Arts. Lindsay Christians has a great interview with Kristen Paulicelli, who plays Mary Delgado in the company. Check Out a preview of the interview below:
What about your primary character, Mary? Have you done any digging with that role?
Kristen Paulicelli: I’m the first woman that they introduce as a main character in the show. She helps Frankie get his start and find his celebrity. When they first meet he says I’m going to spell (his stage name) “Valley” and she says no, you have to spell it “Valli.” You’re Italian, you have to show who you are.
She’s a strong personality and tells it like it is.
Mary wanted to be a singer herself, but she could never get out of town, the neighborhood. She was coaching Frankie to do what she could never do. Then his career took off and she was just his wife with three kids, but she wanted to be a singer.
It definitely helps to build her character too in those moments when she’s mad at Frankie. You can place that anger.
Click HERE to read the entire interview with Kristen.
With quite a few Broadway shows closing, Erik Piepenburg of the New York Times has an interesting feature on the facts, figures, and other interesting tidbits about the shows. Check out some fun info on JERSEY BOYS!
Closes Jan. 15
Total performances: 4,642
- 51 actors have made their Broadway debuts in the show.
- THREE original Broadway cast members are still in it (Peter Gregus, Mark Lotito and Sara Schmidt).
- ONE actor has been in it since the pre-Broadway engagement at La Jolla Playhouse (Peter Gregus).
- 29.8 pounds of gunpowder have been fired onstage.
- 31 babies were born to company members in the show (22 are girls).
- 120,692 times “Oh What a Night” has been said or sung onstage (26 per performance).
- 157,828 F-bombs (34 per performance).
Click HERE to read the entire story.
Vote for Michael Longoria’s Broadway Brick By Brick Album for 2016 BroadwayWorld Album Awards! @LongoriaSingsDecember 28th, 2016
Click HERE to vote for Michael Longoria’s Broadway Brick By Brick album for this year’s BroadwayWorld.com Album Awards!