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July 25, 2014

Former Four Seasons Member Joe Long Honored at Street Naming Ceremony on Sunday in Elizabeth, NJ!

July 25th, 2014

We are excited to report that this Sunday, July 27, 2014, former Four Seasons member Joe Long will be honored in his hometown in Elizabeth, New Jersey with High Street being renamed Joe Long Way!

NJ.com has a marvelous piece on the exciting ceremony with insights from Joe in a video interview, along with photos, and videos from back in the day!

“This street dedication helps recognize Joe Long, as well as his great talents and dedication to his hometown, ” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, who will lead the ceremony.

Visit NJ.com to read the entire feature.

Congratulations and all the best to Joe Long on this amazing, well-deserved honor!

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July 24, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, Joh ‘Big Pussy’ Russo, & Richie the Boot, 1967! #tbt

July 24th, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Frankie Valli & Tommy De Vito with John "Big Pussy" Russo & Richie the Boot, circa 1967 (Courtesy: In the Godfather Garden Facebook page) #tbt

Throwback Thursday: Frankie Valli & Tommy De Vito with John “Big Pussy” Russo & Richie the Boot, circa 1967 (Courtesy: In the Godfather Garden Facebook page)

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July 23, 2014

Video: 3TV Visits with the Jersey Girls in Tempe!

July 23rd, 2014

Fun video with Jersey Girls cast members Jaycie Dotin, Marlana Dunn, and Leslie Rochette!

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Jersey Boys Plays ASU Gammage in Tempe Though 8/3; Check Out Interviews with Nicolas Dromard & Ron Melrose in AZCentral.com!

July 23rd, 2014

JERSEY BOYS national tour is making a return appearance at ASU Gammage in Tempe through August 3! Kerry Lengel of The Republic has a great preview with cast member Nicolas Dromard & music director Ron Melrose. Below is a sneak peek:

Nicolas Dromard, the latest actor to star as Four Seasons founder Tommy DeVito in the Broadway tour of “Jersey Boys,” says he got some succinct advice on playing the role: “He’s a V-12 engine that starts the show and really gets it going.”

“It was a really fun e-mail to receive from the Tony-winning playwright,” Dromard says, referring to Rick Elice, co-writer of the book for the Tony Award-winning musical.

“There’s a line in the show that basically implies that these were the records for the guys that went overseas and their sweethearts. This is the music for the guys that fought,” says Ron Melrose, who served as musical director and vocal arranger for the stage show, which premiered at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse in 2004 and moved to Broadway the next year.

“They were the music of the regular guys. If the Beatles were standing for ‘All You Need Is Love,’ the Seasons were the guys from the wrong side of the tracks saying, ‘You’re beautiful, but you’re an upper-class girl and I’m a lower-class guy, and I can’t date you.’”

Click HERE to read the rest of the feature.

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July 20, 2014

Enter the Jersey Boys Blog Trivia Contest for Chance to Win ‘Jersey Boys: Music from the Motion Picture and Broadway Musical’ CD!

July 20th, 2014

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Enter the Jersey Boys Blog trivia contest for a chance to win Jersey Boys: Music from the Motion Picture and Broadway Musical CD!

Jersey Boys Blog has teamed up with Rhino Records and you have a chance to win the phenomenal JERSEY BOYS: MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE AND BROADWAY MUSICAL CD! We’ve come up with some fun movie-related trivia questions that focus on Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons and other stars associated with the JB movie!

Entries must be submitted before July 27, 2014 11:45 P.M.

Winner will be announced on July 28, 2014.

Click HERE for the trivia contest & your chance to win!

Good luck!

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July 18, 2014

Jersey Boys Is Sensational in San Jose!

July 18th, 2014

Rave reviews for the JERSEY BOYS national tour production that is playing in San Jose through July 20th! Check out snapshots from reviews below:

Karen D’Souza, MercuryNews.com: D’Souza states that JERSEY BOYS is the best jukebox musical ever!

Who loves you pretty baby? When it comes to the Broadway smash “Jersey Boys,” the answer is pretty much everybody.

More than 20 million people have doo-wopped their hearts out at the Des McAnuff-directed jukebox masterpiece which combines the greatest hits of the Four Seasons with a irresistible triple shot of energy, chutzpah and nostalgia.

Artsalot: Every now and then I’m genuinely surprised that I enjoy a show as much as the 20 million people to see it before me. This is a prime example. 4 out of 5 jewels in the review tiara for a masterfully staged, fun, informative, insight into the lives of an extremely influential part of Rock and Roll history. A really pleasant way to spend 2 1/2 hours and to experience some serious art.

Linda Hodges & Nick Hodges, BroadwayWorld.com: Linda: But the bright white and gold lights really made you feel like you were at a rock concert! The audience loved it and you could see people moving in their seats.

Nick: I personally enjoyed the character arc of Frankie Valli, played spectacularly by Hayden Milanes. Starting with his adolescent awe of Tommy DeVito (Nicolas Dromard), Frankie grows up and finally stands up to Tommy during the captivating scene where he demands that Tommy “Sit down!” I loved the take-charge attitude and his willingness to become the new leader of the group.

Linda: Book writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice did a fantastic job of defining the characters and giving each of them a distinctive voice – almost as distinct as the actual four seasons!

Nick: Ha-ha.

Linda: Quinn Vanantwerp was great as the gentle and virginal Bob Gaudio who was the songwriting mastermind of the quartet. Vanantwerp has played the Gaudio role in four productions of the show over five years. It’s as if he’s channeling him. But not to be outdone was Adam Zelasko as Nick Massi. Boy, was he funny. It was great getting to talk to him after the show and to hear that he got to be in the movie version of Jersey Boys. It was as an extra at the end of movie, so watch for him. He’s got some great hair – and said that’s one of his dreams is to own a hair salon in Los Angeles. Very cool.

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Friday Flashback: 50 Years Ago Today, ‘Rag Doll’ by The Four Seasons Topped the Billboard Hot 100 Chart!

July 18th, 2014

On July 18, 1964, The Four Seasons had their fourth Number One hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart! Written by Bob Gaudio & Bob Crewe, the song remained in the top position for two consecutive weeks.

What are your first memories of “Rag Doll”? Mine is the usual story–my older brother came home with the 45 & I played it non-stop–probably more than he did! Fifty years later, those brilliant drums, lyrics, vocal arrangements, and Frankie Valli’s stunning lead vocals never, ever get old!

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July 16, 2014

Video: Jersey Boys Natl Tour Sunday Intermission Cover–Amazing Rendition of ‘Don’t Worry Baby’!

July 16th, 2014

While near the beach in Southern California, the JERSEY BOYS national tour cast thought it was the perfect time to salute the Beach Boys with their phenomenal rendition of “Don’t Worry Baby” with Shaun Taylor-Corbett on lead, Nicolas Dromard, Wes Hart, Quinn VanAntwerp and Adam Zelasko. Enjoy!

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July 15, 2014

Check Out Jersey Boys Las Vegas’ @Graham_Fenton ‘s Thoughts on #JerseyBoysMovie & More in @ExpLasVegas!

July 15th, 2014

Jeff Leibow, Graham Fenton, Rob Marnell & Deven May (Photo Credit: Joan Marcus)

Grace Bascos of USA TODAY’s Experience Vegas has a terrific interview with JERSEY BOYS Las Vegas cast member Graham Fenton, who shares his thoughts on the JERSEY BOYS movie and the success of the Las Vegas production of the show. Check out a sneak peek below:

The Vegas production of Jersey Boys, now in its seventh year, recently celebrated its 2,500th performance and is on its way to earning the title of longest-running theatrical production on the Strip this year. Graham Fenton, who plays Frankie Valli in the Vegas show, along with fellow cast members, caught an advanced screening of the film.

“It was a real thrill to be able to check it out,” Fenton says. “We may be actors, but we’re also fans of it. We were all chomping at the bit to go see this thing, and we actually have a lot of former cast members who were in the show, so we were really excited to go cheer on our friends.”

Though the show itself has been running for seven years, a nationwide release of the film translates into a greater reach for Jersey Boys than ever before. The production at Paris Las Vegas has even seen a boost in ticket sales since the release of the film.

“The show has been so successful and has run in so many places that I’m almost shocked whenever I hear someone who hasn’t heard of or seen the musical at this point,” admits Fenton. “But there are those people out there who we still haven’t reached. When there’s a 30-second commercial running on ESPN or something like that, that’s a whole audience of people who might not have been exposed to the whole musical yet. The film already has driven more people to come to see the show.”

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July 14, 2014

Jersey Boys Natl Tour Heads to San Jose 7/15-7/20; Check Out Preview Featuring @QuinnVanAntwerp in Daily Californian!

July 14th, 2014

Jersey Boys National Tour Four Seasons: Adam Zelasko, Hayden Milanes, Quinn VanAntwerp & Nicolas Dromard

The JERSEY BOYS national tour will be playing Broadway San Jose July 15-20, 2014 and The Daily Californian has a marvelous preview with insights from Quinn VanAntwerp, who plays Bob Gaudio!

“It’s a play about these four guys coming from mobster New Jersey — playing in nightclubs, breaking and entering — and then making it big,” VanAntwerp said. “But, you never see them out of context. I never start singing while I’m talking, as in an extension of dialogue. It’s always in a concert setting, or we’re playing a club. So, it’s a play with a rock concert spliced in between it.”

Click HERE to read the entire article.

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Full Casting Announcement for Jersey Boys UK Tour!

July 14th, 2014

Rebecca Donn of WhatsOnStage.com has exciting news about the JERSEY BOYS UK & Irish tour cast!

As previously reported, Tim Driesen will play Frankie Valli. Joining Driesen will be Stephen Webb as Tommy DeVito, Sam Ferriday as Bob Gaudio and Lewis Griffiths as Nick Massi, with Matt Corner taking on Frankie Valli on certain performances.

The final line up will also include Dominic Smith as Norm Waxman, Damian Buhagiar as Joey Pesci, Henry Davis as Hank Majewski, Leanne Garretty as Lorraine, Amelia Adams-Pearce as Mary Delgado and Sinead Long as Francine, with Dan Krikler, Dayle Hodge, Luke Morton and Charlie Allen completing the cast.

Jersey Boys, based on the story and songs of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, has won 55 major awards worldwide. Originally opening on Broadway in 2006, it received the Tony Award for Best Musical. The UK tour will be staged by the entire original Broadway creative team, led by director Des McAnuff and choreographer Sergio Trujillo.

The tour is currently booking until August 2015 and kicks off this September in Manchester.

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July 11, 2014

Sneak Peek of Frankie Valli’s Interview in Rock Cellar Magazine! @frankievalli @RockCellarMag

July 11th, 2014

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Rock Cellar Magazine’s Ken Sharp has a fantastic interview with legendary pop icon Frankie Valli, who chats about the success of JERSEY BOYS, his phenomenal career and success for over five decades, and his philosophy of never giving up. Check out a preview below:

Rock Cellar Magazine: What do you attribute the incredible success of Jersey Boys?

Frankie Valli: I think the success of the show was certainly about the fact that most people didn’t know that much about us. We kept our lives very quiet. It was a period of time where we had this feeling if anybody knew that you were ever in trouble you wouldn’t be able to get a record deal and radio wouldn’t play you.

Today you need to get arrested in order to have a success so things have really changed quite a bit. (laughs)

Rock Cellar Magazine: Was there a moment in your career where you realized you had found your voice as a singer?

Frankie Valli: Very early on I was doing Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry and Walk Like A Man and I was having a lot of fun doing it and enjoying it. But I wasn’t being Frankie Valli. I wasn’t singing standards. I wasn’t singing what I look at as being really great songs. I didn’t want to do pop music. We made a plan right from the beginning that once The Four Seasons were launched, that I would have a shot doing solo records and it was terrific.

That’s when I had the opportunity to do songs like Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You, My Eyes Adored You and Swearin’ To God. I never really concentrated on my solo career. It was enough that I could whet my appetite and do all of these others things and I was still a part of The Four Seasons. I never had any intention of leaving the group. And even if I left and appeared anywhere, I’d have to do the songs that people knew me for doing. So I’d have to get another group to do them with. When the original Four Seasons all fell apart it was very saddening to me. The time during the Motown period was very rough. I was on the road and taking everything that came along and Bob was producing and writing for Motown and getting a salary from that.

Whatever was left after paying debts we got to keep. But there was a time after all the success that I had I was living on $350 a week. Nobody really knew that we were going through all of this.

Visit RockCellarMagazine.com to read the entire interview with Frankie Valli!

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July 10, 2014

Bob Gaudio Chats with Examiner.com about #JerseyBoysMovie Soundtrack & ‘Audio with a G’ Recording!

July 10th, 2014

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Bob Gaudio (Photo Credit: J.T. Macmillan Photography)

Jim Bessman of Examiner.com has a terrific interview with musical genius Bob Gaudio, who shares some amazing insights about two marvelous new musical recordings on the Rhino label: Jersey Boys: Music from the Motion Picture and Broadway Musical and Audio With a G: Sounds of a Jersey Boy – The Music of Bob Gaudio!

Below is a preview to this fascinating interview:

But with the huge success of the Jersey Boys musical, plus the need for a Jersey Boys movie soundtrack album, Gaudio put together a novel soundtrack set, Jersey Boys: Music from the Motion Picture and Broadway Musical (Rhino). The album features 25 tracks chosen by Gaudio, who juxtaposed Four Seasons recordings with those by cast members from both the film and Broadway musical.

“As it states upfront on the album cover, ‘Plus Original Recordings by Franki Valli & the Four Seasons,’” says Gaudio, “so it’s not quite the movie soundtrack. I hate to use the term ‘mix-up,’ but it’s a lot of that–not the soundtrack per se, but Jersey Boys in all its forms, starting from the beginning. And I thought it was a more interesting concept, since there was not enough material in the movie for me to use to make a complete soundtrack, so I pieced together my version of a soundtrack out of those three elements—the film, the Broadway show, and our original recordings–and had a great time doing it.”

Meanwhile, Rhino has also issued Audio With a G: Sounds of a Jersey Boy – The Music of Bob Gaudio“>Audio with a G: Sounds of a Jersey Boy–The Music of Bob Gaudio, a two-disc set of songs written by Gaudio and performed by The Four Seasons and other artists including the Royal Teens, of which he was a member and hit big in 1958 with his composition “Short Shorts,” which he wrote when he was 15.

Audio with a G was compiled by former Time editor Charles Alexander, who conceived the project in 2007.

“The only thing I had to do is sign my name on the cover!” says Gaudio. “The rest of the credit totally goes to Charles, for his tenacity, research and dedication. I told him, ‘You’re going to find a lot more than I know, and you already know a lot more than I know.”

Click HERE to read the entire interview.

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Throwback Thursday: Cast Announcement Photo of Jersey Boys Broadway Four Seasons, 2005! #tbt

July 10th, 2014

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Daniel Reichard, John Lloyd Young, Christian Hoff and J. Robert Spencer (Photo by Chris Callis)

On July 11, 2005, the various Broadway press websites posted the big news that Des McAnuff’s hit musical from La Jolla Playhouse, JERSEY BOYS, chronicling the rags to riches to rags story of blue collar boys-turned-pop sensations Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, announced the cast for the upcoming Broadway debut.

Who remembers this photo of the “Boys”–when it was all still ahead of us?! Enjoy the photo flashback of John Lloyd Young, who would be making his Broadway debut as Frankie Valli, along with La Jolla originators Christian Hoff (Tommy DeVito), Daniel Reichard (Bob Gaudio), and J. Robert Spencer (Nick Massi)!

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July 9, 2014

Exciting @Billboard Chart News: #JerseyBoysMovie Soundtrack Debuts at Number Two With A Bullet; JB OBCR Returns to Number One Position!

July 9th, 2014

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Fabulous Billboard chart news! The JERSEY BOYS Movie Motion Picture Soundtrack has debuted at Number Two on the Billboard Soundtrack chart!

In other exciting Billboard chart news, the JERSEY BOYS Original Broadway Cast Recording has returned to the top position with a bullet on the Cast Albums chart! The RIAA Certified Platinum recording has remained on the chart for 442 consecutive weeks!

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July 8, 2014

Photo Flashback: Life Before ‘Short Shorts’: Musical Genius Bob Gaudio Performing at Carnegie Hall at Age Seven!

July 8th, 2014

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Bob Gaudio performing at Carnegie Hall (Photo courtesy of Danielle Gaudio-Lalehzar)

Long before Bob Gaudio hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “Short Shorts” as co-founder of the Royal Teens and so many smash hits with the Four Seasons, he was performing at Carnegie Hall as a seven-year-old!

Thank you to “Audio with a G: Sounds of a Jersey Boy” producer Charles Alexander and Danielle Lalehzar-Gaudio, we are thrilled to post this amazing photo of a young Bob Gaudio at a piano recital at Carnegie Hall!

Click HERE to read Charles Alexander’s amazing story behind “Audio with a G” and click HERE to purchase this phenomenal CD!

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July 7, 2014

Jersey Boys Is Captivating in Costa Mesa!

July 7th, 2014

The JERSEY BOYS national tour is playing Costa Mesa at the Segerstrom through July 13 to rave reviews! Check out a preview of Lisa Birle’s great review below:

Lisa Birle, LocalMagazine.com: The unique method of storytelling—each Jersey Boy was given their own “season,” their own chance to tell their side of the story—allowed for each character’s personality and perspective to shine, and they certainly did. The show was perfectly cast—Nicolas Dromard as tough Tommy DeVito, Quinn VanAntwerp as smart and sensitive songwriter Bob Gaudio, hilarious Adam Zelasko as Nick Massi, and Hayden Milanes as a dashing Frankie Valli brought all the ambition, talent, charm, and humanity needed to play convincing nobodies who turned into worldwide music sensations. Milanes’s voice was clear and captivating as he channeled Frankie from his humble beginnings in nightclubs to the top of the charts, looking and sounding sharp all along the way. The obvious chemistry among the cast effortlessly captured the real-life loyalty that the real Four Seasons shared. I could tell they were having a blast on stage together.

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Scholar Analyzes the Frankie Valli/Tommy DeVito Friendship in Psychology Today!

July 7th, 2014

Joe Pesci with Tommy DeVito & Frankie Valli at JERSEY BOYS opening in L.A. in 2007 (Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

Dr. Geoffrey Greif, Professor at the University of Maryland, has a fascinating article in Psychology Today about the friendship between original Four Seasons members Frankie Valli and Tommy DeVito. Below is a sneak peek:

In both the show and the movie, Tommy is the free-spending gambler who ends up owing huge debts to the Mob, around “160 large.” He also “borrows” from The Four Seasons account (the band sold over 100 million records during their career), to the tune of 500,000 dollars. In a scene that concludes with Tommy being banished from the group and to a life in Vegas where he can be watched by the people he owes, Frankie takes on the debt for him.

This is payback for Tommy having helped Frankie off the streets of New Jersey years before. Did Tommy lose/steal the money? According to an interview with repoter Vicki Hyman, Tommy said, “I’m not proud of what I did. I’m not ashamed of it either.” So, for the purposes of discussion, let’s assume Frankie did bail him out and consigned himself to years of performing in order to make good on Tommy’s debt.

To what extent is honoring such commitments to early friendships a male/macho process? To what extent is this part of a close-knit Italian culture that helped kids in New Jersey survive in the 1940s and 1950s? Or is this just a more extreme version of relationships between old friends that get played out every day in different contexts?

Fascinating that a scholar who has recently written a book on male friendships is publishing on the two original JERSEY BOYS and their relationship, isn’t it?

Click HERE to read the entire article.

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July 6, 2014

Russell Fischer Ends His Six-Year Run as Joe Pesci on Jersey Boys Broadway Today!

July 6th, 2014

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Russell Fischer during his 2012 JBB Exclusive Interview at the Novotel Hotel terrace overlooking Times Square.

After six amazing years, Russell Fischer is ending his phenomenal run as Joe Pesci on JERSEY BOYS Broadway today!

We’d like to say a big thank you to Russell for always being so gracious to JBB & all fans–and thanks again for his marvelous JBB EXCLUSIVE Interview!

We wish Russell an awesome final show today and although we’ll miss his incredible talents on stage at the August Wilson Theatre, we’re excited to see what the future has in store for him!

Please join us in wishing Russell Fischer all the best in his future endeavors as he follows his dreams!

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