July 28, 2016

Throwback Thursday: The Four Seasons at @DemConvention in Atlantic City, 1964! @frankievalli

July 28th, 2016
Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Nick Massi and Tommy DeVito (Credit: Kai Shuman, Getty Images)

Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Nick Massi and Tommy DeVito (Credit: Kai Shuman, Getty Images)

In honor of this week’s hoopla at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, let’s have a Jersey-Style flashback!

Wow! Who knew? The Four Seasons were at the Democratic National Convention on August 26, 1964 in Atlantic City, New Jersey!

Does anyone have any details on the quartet’s appearance?

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July 25, 2016

Newsflash: Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Return to Broadway Oct. 21-29, 2016! @frankievalli

July 25th, 2016
Frankie Valli (Credit :Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Frankie Valli (Credit :Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Just like that bunny on TV with the battery! Check out the BIG Frankie Valli news today on BroadwayWorld.com!

The legend is back! Eva Price and Live Nation have just announced that Frankie Valli’s triumphant sold-out Broadway debut in Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons On Broadway! will return for a strictly limited 7 performance engagement from Friday, October 21, 2016 through Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46 Street).

In a non-stop career of entertaining audiences across the globe Frankie Valli will return to Broadway for an intimate concert celebrating his award-winning, critically-acclaimed, record-breaking career as a solo artist and with the Four Seasons.

“Four years ago I made my Broadway debut with the Four Seasons and we were overcome by the response and outpouring of love from those audiences who were on their feet, singing along throughout the performance,” said Frankie Valli, “Since then, we have performed for wonderful audiences around the world from San Francisco to London, but always hoping to return to that unique, electric, roof-raising experience you only get on Broadway.”

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons On Broadway! will feature all of their greatest hits and Mr. Valli’s solo hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Dawn (Go Away),” “Rag Doll,” “Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby Goodbye),” “Let’s Hang On!” “Working My Way Back To You,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Grease,” “My Eyes Adored You,” “Who Loves You” and “December ’63 (Oh What A Night),” along with a variety of musical surprises.

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons have sold over 175 million records, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, have scored 30 Billboard Top 40 hits and Frankie Valli has also scored 9 Billboard Top 40 hits as a solo artist. As an actor Valli enjoyed a recurring role on HBO’s “The Sopranos” and most recently appeared in “Hawaii 5-0.”

Frankie Valli will be releasing Tis The Seasons, his first holiday album in decades, this fall on Rhino. Full details will be announced in the coming weeks. Valli has never stopped performing and continues to tour internationally.

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons On Broadway! plays Friday, October 21, at 8pm, Saturday, October 22 at 8pm, Sunday, October 23 at 3pm, Tuesday, October 25 at 7pm, Wednesday, October 26 at 2pm, Friday, October 28 at 8pm and Saturday, October 29 at 8pm. Tickets, ranging in price from $65 – $165, can be purchased through www.ticketmaster.com (877-250-2929). For more information, visit www.FrankieValliBroadway.com.

Beginning Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at 10:00am (EST) for 48 hours only (through Friday, July 29,, 2016 at9:59 a.m.), tickets for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons On Broadway! will be available exclusively toAmerican Express members.

Beginning Friday, July 29, 2016 at 10:00 am through Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 10:00 pm tickets for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Broadway! will be available exclusively to Audience Rewards, Live Nation,Ticketmaster and AAA members.

Tickets for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons On Broadway! will go on sale to the general public on Monday, August 1, 2016 at 10:00am at www.ticketmaster.com (877-250-2929).

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons On Broadway! is produced by Eva Price and Live Nation.

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Bobby Rydell: Why We Can’t ‘Forget Him’ @BobbyRydell

July 25th, 2016

By Pamela Singer, Jersey Boys Blog Special Correspondent

Friends, it’s a safe bet on a Jersey handshake that most of us are familiar with that iconic last scene in “Grease”, the one in which graduating high school students pledge their everlasting devotion to said school. “As I go traveling down life’s highway, whatever course my fortunes may foretell, I shall not go alone on my way, for thou shalt always be with me, Rydell.” What may come as a surprise to some, as it did to this writer, is just who the namesake of that school is. That would be one Robert Louis Ridarelli. Doesn’t sound familiar? How about Bobby Rydell? Yes, THAT Bobby Rydell, teen idol extraordinaire, singer, musician, movie star, impressionist, and of course, adopted Jersey Boy! Bobby can now add author to his impressive list of talents, having recently co-written his autobiography with Allan Slutsky, entitled “Bobby Rydell: Teen Idol On The Rocks, A Tale of Second Chances.” The book is a rollicking, no- holds- barred tale of his 6- plus decades in show business and life. The prescient words of those Rydell High students could just as easily be describing Bobby’s journey. More than anything else, he is a true survivor, part of our cultural landscape then, now, and always. It was my pleasure to talk with Bobby recently about all things Rydell, and oh yeah, that Jersey connection.

Pamela Singer: Bobby, thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me. Our Jersey Boys family is thrilled to have you join us. Welcome!

Bobby Rydell: Thanks, Pam. It’s my pleasure. Happy to be joining you.

PS: First of all, congratulations on your book. It’s a fantastic read, a great combination of your life story and music history, told with real heart and humor. What was the impetus for writing it now?

BR: Thank you. We’re really proud of how it came out. I’ve been in this business more than 60 years now, and it’s been a great ride. Over the years, and especially on the road, you sit down with people a lot and share stories, recent stories, past stories, good, bad, all kinds of stories. People often said to me, “Bobby, these are great stories. You should write a book.” I always felt it wasn’t the right time. I mean, who wants to hear about a 20 -or 30 -year old’s life?! I’m 74 now, and it just felt like the right time. It took Allan and me almost two years from start to finish. We both wanted to get it right. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 23, 2016

Sneak Peek of Travis Cloer’s (@traviscloer) Guest Column for @Robin_Leach @reviewjournal

July 23rd, 2016

Travis Cloer
Travis Cloer

While Robin Leach is on his annual Italian vacation, he invites his friends from the Strip to be guest writers on his regularly scheduled column. Earlier this week, Travis Cloer shared some amazing thoughts about his time with JERSEY BOYS. Below is a preview:

Through it, I’ve become part of an ever-growing family. We’ve celebrated weddings, birthdays and accomplishments. We’ve welcomed countless JERSEY Babies into this world. We’ve said goodbye to some dear members of the family who were taken too soon. Our hearts have been on a roller coaster from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows.

Yet through all of that, the one thing that always brings us back together is what we get to do onstage every night. No matter how I’ve felt at the start of a performance, my soul has always been rewarded and filled with joy by the last note. That is why I’ve been with JERSEY BOYS for 9 1/2 years. I always said that I would leave when I stopped enjoying it.

Click HERE to read the full piece.

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July 22, 2016

Newsflash: @JerseyBoysUK Recently Celebrated Their 3500th London Performance!

July 22nd, 2016

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Earlier this week, JERSEY BOYS London celebrated another milestone: the company’s 3,500th performance!

Congratulations to the cast, crew, and creative team on this outstanding accomplishment!

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July 21, 2016

Throwback Thursday: The Four Seasons, circa 1967 @frankievalli #TBT

July 21st, 2016
Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Joe Long, and Tommy DeVito (Photo Credit: Don Paulsen/Redferns

Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Joe Long, and Tommy DeVito (Photo Credit: Don Paulsen/Redferns)

Any ideas as to when & where this photo was taken of The Four Seasons? I’m guessing 1967, with the fashions and hairstyles.

Tommy is looking super cool in his shades and sport coat, and the other guys are looking pretty good, too! They all look a bit pensive, perhaps pondering what song might be their next hit?

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July 20, 2016

Rendition of Rag Doll by The Gone Jackals, 1990! #RagDoll52

July 20th, 2016

In honor of Rag Doll by The Four Seasons topping the charts this week in 1964, here’s another rendition of this amazing Bob Gaudio-Bob Crewe masterpiece by The Gone Jackals in 1990! For details on what inspired Keith Karloff to record the song, check out his YouTube channel.

Truth is, I had never heard about this band or this Rag Doll rendition until stumbling upon it last night and I think these guys did a great job on making it their own!

What do you guys think of this rendition?

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July 18, 2016

Travis Cloer (@traviscloer) Debuts New Show–With a Twist–July 25 at South Point!

July 18th, 2016

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Travis Cloer is debuting his new show one week from tonight at South Point Hotel & Casino!

Check out an excerpt of Travis’s interview in The Las Vegas Sun:

The show is set for 7:30 p.m. July 25 at the newly renovated Grandview Lounge at South Point (tickets are $20 and available at SouthPoint.com). Cloer and Lash have been plucking some contemporary classics, twisting them around and reproducing them in new genres.

“We want to perform these songs in a new way, something other than how they were originally recorded,” Cloer said. “You look at one of my favorite songs from the 1980s, ‘Hold Me Now’ by The Thompson Twins, which is very synth-heavy. We’ve turned it into a piano ballad, like something you’d hear from John Legend or Adele. We’ve put the lyrics out front, which are heartbreaking and lost in the original version.”

Another example of this fusion: The Journey hit, “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’,” which was actually inspired by Sam Cooke’s “Nothing Can Change This Love.”

“We’ve turned ‘Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’ into a Sam Cooke song,” Cloer said.

This flavor of musical morphing is a trend for headliners in Las Vegas. Frankie Moreno’s “Under the Influence” production at Planet Hollywood slams together his originals with those from legendary artists. Clint Holmes’ just-announced “Between the Lines,” which opens July 16 in the time slot after “Baz,” also invokes classics reimagined by Holmes and his backing band.

This is no new phenomenon. Performers and composers have for generations pulled from those who have inspired them to create new art.

“One of the main reasons is we’re going through songs that meant so much to us as kids, singers and entertainers, and you just want to relive those songs and put yourself into it, as well,” Cloer said.

Also, drawing from familiar songs is a far more marketable approach than attempting to build a show full of original music. Las Vegas might be an entertainment mecca, but it is tough to sell tickets with a production loaded with unfamiliar material. But taking an original twist on, say, a Journey hit can boost interest in a show.

“Absolutely,” Cloer said. “There is a lot of competition out there, as we know.”

To purchase tickets, click HERE.

Break a leg, Travis!

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Today in Four Seasons History–July 18, 1964: Rag Doll Tops the @billboard Hot 100 Chart! @frankievalli

July 18th, 2016

Fifty-two years today on July 18, 1964, Rag Doll by The Four Seasons topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart and remained at No. 1 for two consecutive weeks.

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July 17, 2016

Jersey Boys (@JerseyBoysInfo) Welcomes CATS Back to the Old Neighborhood with #ItsASign!

July 17th, 2016
A Jersey-Style welcome to CATS!

A Jersey-Style welcome to CATS!

The JERSEY BOYS Broadway company always makes their neighbors on 52nd Street feel right at home, so we weren’t surprised when they welcomed the CATS revival with a big welcome sign!

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July 15, 2016

#FlashbackFriday: Audio of @frankievalli & The Four Seasons Performing My Eyes Adored You in Concert, June 1974!

July 15th, 2016

Amazing to find this audio recording of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons back in the summer of 1974 performing My Eyes Adored You at a Ft. Lauderdale concert on the MowestChameleon Youtube channel! Five months after this performance, the song was released and slowly climbed up the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 1 in March, 1975.

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July 14, 2016

Throwback Thursday: The 4 Seasons 2nd Vault of Golden Hits LP Photos, 1966 @frankievalli #TBT

July 14th, 2016

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Let’s go back to November, 1966 with The 4 Seasons masterpiece–2nd Vault of Golden Hits LP with fantastic photos on the back of the album from the quartet’s performances.

Does anyone have any ideas as to where these photos may have been taken? In Jersey, perhaps–or elsewhere?

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Preview of @michaellomenda ‘s Responses to @BroadwayBox ‘s Five Burning Questions!

July 14th, 2016
Michael Lomenda

Michael Lomenda

BroadwayBox’s latest issue of Five Burning Questions features Michael Lomenda, who is playing Nick Massi this summer in JERSEY BOYS Broadway. Check out a sneak peek below:

BroadwayBox: Tell us a secret about the Jersey Boys movie.
There’s a scene is the film where the four of us go to a party at Bob Crewe’s swanky apartment and it’s full of artsy types—Nick ends up chatting with two flirty twins in cat suits—the room was packed with crew and all of us party goers including Mr. Eastwood, in the mix, with his handheld monitor.

Michael Lomenda: At one point the camera was swinging around to get reaction shots from the party goers and The Boss was in the frame. It was too packed in the room for him to get out of the way, so, instead, Eastwood, at 86 years young, dove under the big white grand piano. 15 minutes later, after they got all their shots, he popped out from under the piano and wrapped the party scene to massive applause.

Scene’s a little different knowing Dirty Harry is hiding out under the piano, right?

Click HERE to read more burning questions & answers from Michael!

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July 8, 2016

#FlashbackFriday: The Four Seasons’ Rendition of Sincerely, 1962! Is This Frankie Valli’s (@frankievalli) Finest Note, EVER?

July 8th, 2016

Absolutely amazing rendition of “Sincerely” (originally charted by The Moonglows and The McGuire sisters in the mid-1950s) by The Four Seasons on their Big Girls and Twelve Others LP from 1962!

Listening to it this week during our commute, the JBB Tech Half said, “WOW, this may be Frankie’s finest note, EVER” as he was listening to Frankie Valli’s amazing octaves.

So, do you guys agree with the JBB Tech Half? Is this Frankie at his finest? Or, do you have another song that you would consider Frankie’s finest note?

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July 7, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Photo of The Royal Teens in Life Magazine, 1958! #TBT

July 7th, 2016
The Royal Teens (including Bob Gaudio & Tom Austin), 1958

The Royal Teens (including Bob Gaudio & Tom Austin), 1958

How big must have this been back in 1958? The Royal Teens were among the popular music groups included in a feature story in Life about best-selling vocal groups, which included The McGuires on the cover! Interesting that the caption notes that Short Shorts was written by “two of five singers in the boy-girl group”! Of course, those group members were Tom Austin and Bob Gaudio!

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July 6, 2016

@News3LV Video: Travis Cloer (@TravisCloer) & John Gardiner (@GardinerNYC) Reflect on Jersey Boys Las Vegas Closing on September 18

July 6th, 2016

Really great appearance with Travis Cloer and John Gardiner on KSNV today as they reflect on the upcoming closing of JERSEY BOYS in Las Vegas on September 18.

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July 4, 2016

Independence Day Video Flashback, Part II: Jersey Boys Cast Members Spectacular Performance on A Capitol Fourth, 2009!

July 4th, 2016

We’ll never forget this awesome JB cast appearance on A Capitol Fourth in 2009: A select group of Jersey Boys from casts across America, with a new orchestration by Steve Orich, performed a medley of hits from the show in a Fourth of July celebration in Washington DC. Appearing in this performance are Jarrod Spector as Frankie Valli, Josh Franklin as Bob Gaudio, Michael Ingersoll as Nick Massi and Deven May as Tommy DeVito.

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Independence Day Video Flashback, Part I: Frankie Valli (@frankievalli) & The Four Seasons on A Capitol Fourth, 2014!

July 4th, 2016

Hope everyone is having a wonderful 4th of July! Let’s get this party started with a PBS Capitol Fourth flashback with Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons in 2014!

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July 3, 2016

Check Out Sneak Peek of NJ.com’s Fantastic Piece on Longtime #FourSeasons Member Joe Long!

July 3rd, 2016
Joe Long

Joe Long

NJ.com’s Mark Voger has a terrific piece on longtime member of The Four Seasons, Joe Long! Below is a preview of this marvelous article:

It’s a good thing Long — who’d changed his surname from LaBracio — had already honed his performing chops.

“Before I did anything on stage (with the Four Seasons),” he recalls, “I got a call from Tommy. He said, ‘Be at the airport. We’re flying to California.’ So three or four days after I was hired, we did a string of TV shows. I had never done that. It was crazy.”

Long recalls that his first actual live show with the Four Seasons took place at West Virginia University in front of about 6,000 people. Prior to the show, Long was told he would rehearse with Charles Calello, the Four Seasons’ Newark-born arranger.

“Charlie was supposed to rehearse me on singing parts and bass parts,” Long says. “I kept attempting to make appointments. He’d say, ‘Be at the house tomorrow at 8 o’clock.’ I’d show up, but he wouldn’t be there. He had so much going on. Charlie was one of the most successful arrangers and producers at at that time. He worked on hundreds of hits. He really didn’t have time to train me. Gaudio, Valli and DeVito didn’t know that I still hadn’t had a single rehearsal.
“Finally, the night of West Virginia, I had to go on without a single rehearsal.

Click HERE to read the entire article.

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