Cool photo of The Four Seasons on what looks like a gorgeous day in Branch Brook Park, Newark, New Jersey!
Recap & Photos: Tony Winner Christian Hoff’s Tony Party and Caricature Signing to Benefit V Foundation for Cancer Research! @mrchristianhoff @TheVFoundationJune 20th, 2016
By Priscilla Florindi, JBB Special Correspondent
On Sunday, June 12, during the 70th Annual Tony Awards, Tony winner Christian Hoff hosted a Tony viewing party at the Palm Restaurant in NYC and was honored with a signing of his caricature on the restaurant’s new Tony wall!
After the signing, all attendees including stars and fans, watched the Tony Awards live and enjoyed a silent auction!
Funds raised by a cover and auction went to the V Foundation for Cancer Research. This foundation is a charity that supports research for cancer and is a personal choice of the Hoff family. The charity was represented by Becky Baumgartner. Christian shared his family’s experience as his daughter Ella and wife Melissa are thriving and surviving leukemia and breast cancer.
For those who wish to contribute to the V Foundation for Cancer Research, click HERE.
The evening at the Palm was a huge success, and plans are underway to repeat this success next year!
Please join us in wishing founding member of The Four Seasons Tommy DeVito a very happy 88th birthday today! Best wishes for a year filled with health and happiness!
Video: Jersey Boys Share Fond Memories of Their Dads! @BroadwayBox @dominic1110 @QuinnVanAntwerp @michaellomenda @richardhblakeJune 19th, 2016
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! Enjoy the JERSEY BOYS Broadway Four Seasons (Richard H. Blake, Michael Lomenda, Dominic Scaglione, Jr., and Quinn VanAntwerp) share awesome memories about their fathers supporting their theatrical experiences.
It’s true what Frankie says: Family Is EVERYTHING!
Photo Flashback: Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer, John Lloyd Young & Christian Hoff at the 2006 Tony Awards Celebration!June 12th, 2016
Congratulations to all of the 2016 Tony Award nominees & winners tonight–but let’s do one more photo flashback with Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer, John Lloyd Young, and Christian Hoff on the greatest Tony Awards night, ever–in 2006!
Absolutely awesome photo of the three original Four Seasons: Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio, and Frankie Valli with their producer Bob Crewe!
Last year, the 2015 Tony Awards saved the best for last as the JERSEY BOYS company performed “Oh, What A Night” as the closing number!
An evening we’ll never forget: Five different Frankie Vallis perform a medley from Jersey Boys, along with the Broadway cast, at the 2009 Tony Awards. The five Frankies are Joseph Leo Bwarie, Rick Faugno, Courter Simmons, Dominic Scaglione, Jr., and Jarrod Spector.
Tony Night at The Palms with Christian Hoff (@mrchristianhoff) to Benefit The V Foundation for Cancer Research!June 12th, 2016
You have the opportunity to Tony Award Winner Christian Hoff gets immortalized on the Palm Wall & hosts what is bound to be an epic night honoring Broadway’s Best
And remember…Dress To Impress!
Palm West Restaurant
250 West 50th Street
Between Broadway & 8th Avenue
Tony Viewing Party for a Cause Sunday, June 12th
7:00 PM – Reception
7:30 PM – Christian Hoff will sign his caricature on The Palm Wall
8:00 PM – Live Tony Broadcast
$100.00 Admission includes passed & plated hors d’oeuvres, a special Tony gift bag, Santa Margherita Chianti, Pinot Grigio & Prosecco (tax & service charge included).
There will be a Silent Auction held throughout the evening. All proceeds from the auction, and 10% of the admission will go to The V Foundation for Cancer Research
RSVP NOW! ROBERT SANCHEZ 212-333-3335 [email protected]
Video: Jersey Boys Fantastic Beggin’ Performance at #StarsInTheAlley! @QuinnVanAntwerp @michaellomenda @richardhblake @mowREEseeOHJune 11th, 2016
Truly amazing Beggin’ performance from JERSEY BOYS Richard H. Blake, Michael Lomenda, Mauricio Pérez, and Quinn VanAntwerp at last week’s Stars In The Alley–Enjoy!
The official JERSEY BOYS Facebook page mentioned that on this day in 1964 Rag Doll debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 and made its way all the way to the #1 spot! Fun fact: In 2010, radio station WCBS-FM in New York City ranked the Four Seasons’ “Rag Doll” as the number-one song of all time, as voted on by its listeners!
So, for today’s Throwback Thursday, let’s keep saluting Rag Doll with a photo of my personal favorite Four Seasons album Rag Doll And 10 Other Hits! Rag Doll, released in 1964, was a new step in the Four Seasons albums. Previously, the quartet had filled LPs with covers of oldies after including their current hits. This album consisted entirely of songs written by musical genius Bob Gaudio. Along with the number one title track, two other Top Ten hits were on the album: Save It for Me, and Ronnie. The other tracks are equally awesome!
Video: Stars of Jersey Boys Lipsynch to Hits from 2016 Best Musical Nominees! @QuinnVanAntwerp @Dominic1110 @richardhblake @michaellomendaJune 8th, 2016
The JERSEY BOYS Four Seasons (Richard H. Blake, Michael Lomenda, Dominic Scaglione, Jr. and Quinn VanAntwerp are quite the lipsynchers, aren’t they–as they salute the 2016 Tony Award nominees for Best Musical! Great job, guys!
Sad news in today’s Las Vegas Sun: After eight glorious years in Las Vegas, JERSEY BOYS is closing on September 18, 2016.
After just seeing the show last week, witnessing how awesome the company is on the Paris Las Vegas stage after all these years and how the crowd was still going wild, the closing news comes as a sad shock to us!
Below is the story from John Katsilometes in the Las Vegas Sun:
“Jersey Boys” is closing, the cast and crew were notified this evening at Paris Las Vegas. Its final show is Sept. 18.
Officials from production company Dodger Theatricals met with the creative team after the performance tonight and announced that the show would close after nearly 3,300 performances and a run exceeding eight years at two Strip hotels. The show opened in May 2008 at Palazzo Theater and moved to Paris in 2012.
“It’s been a remarkable run and we couldn’t be more proud of how both Las Vegas locals and visitors have embraced ‘Jersey Boys,’ ” Michael David, president of Dodger Theatricals, said in a news release issued tonight after the cast was informed of the decision. “The cast and crew gave their all every night, and the audiences returned that energy without fail.”
Said Paris Las Vegas President David Hoenemeyer, “‘Jersey Boys’ is one of the most compelling musicals ever staged and has been a great fit alongside our world-class entertainment lineup. We are very proud to have been part of its record-breaking Las Vegas run.”
Original members of the production include Keith Thompson, the show’s music director and also co-founder of the Composers’ Showcase of Las Vegas; and cast members Joe Barbara (Gyp DeCarlo) and John Salvatore (Bob Crew), and Jason Martinez (Nick Massi). Among the four principal cast members, Travis Cloer, who joined the show soon after it opened at Palazzo Theater, is the performer with the longest tenure.
In a text following the announcement to the cast, Cloer said, “I feel overwhelmed right now with a lot of thoughts and feelings.”
“This is sad news, but that’s showbiz … thank God for a three-month notice,” Thompson said via text message. “I am hoping I can find something that will keep me in Vegas, where my heart is!”
The adaptation of the career of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons is the longest-running Broadway-themed show to perform in Las Vegas. “Phantom — The Las Vegas Spectacular” at the Venetian and “Mamma Mia” at Mandalay Bay both ran for six years.
Cast member Graham Fenton, who portrays Frankie Valli, said, “I’m so proud to have been a part of the original, and now closing, companies of the Las Vegas production of “Jersey Boys.” We have had an incredible, record-breaking run. I’m grateful for the cast, crew, the city of Las Vegas, our devoted fans, and everyone who has contributed to the show’s success. It’s been quite a ride!”
There are no announced plans for what will replace “Jersey Boys” at Paris, which opened in 1999 with “Notre Dame de Paris” and was also home to Barry Manilow’s headlining show from 2010-2011.
Those who have ordered tickets to shows after Sept. 18 may exchange them for an earlier date or receive a full refund through the source where the tickets were purchased.
Thanks to JERSEY BOYS orchestrator Steve Orich, we have a photo of a very Jersey-style answer on tonight’s round of Jeopardy! Wonder if the contestant said, “What is JERSEY BOYS?”
Did anyone see this tonight?
Video: @TheTonyAwards Host @JKCorden, @Lin-Manuel, @AudraEqualityMc & More Perform Broadway #CarpoolKaraoke & Sing @JerseyBoysInfo Classic!June 7th, 2016
With James Corden hosting the Tony Awards, he calls on Lin-Manuel Miranda, Audra McDonald, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jane Krakowski to get him through New York traffic while they sing tunes from Hamilton, Les Misérables and JERSEY BOYS! What better classic than Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (around 6:02)!
We’ll never forget the 2006 Tony Awards when JERSEY BOYS WOW’ed the world with this phenomenal performance and took home four awards!
Please share your memories of this fabulous night in JERSEY BOYS history!
Click HERE to watch the fun appearance with Matt Bailey, Aaron DeJesus, and Keith Hines on WTSP. The JB national tour plays the Straz Center through Sunday June 5.
Always great to see a story about the amazing Rick Elice, isn’t it? Well, BroadwayWorld.com’s Michael Day is highlighting Rick and his career–from actor to Tony Award-nominated author & more! Check out a preview below:
But after twenty years with both Roger Rees and Serino/Coyne, Rick Elice’s life was about to change again.
“Roger said to me, ‘I think it’s time you left advertising. You seem less happy with it than you used to be.’”
“Unbeknownst to me he had spoken to a friend of ours who was an executive for Walt Disney. They made me an offer to be a creative consultant at their studio in California. I didn’t want to move there so they agreed I’d spend 15 days a month in Burbank and the rest in New York. I was a creative consultant; a troubleshooter on whatever project may be around that needed a polish.”
Then I got a phone call from one of the clients at Serino/Coyne. MAMMA MIA has just opened and he said he had the rights to The Four Seasons. I said ‘I love Vivaldi’ and he said “No, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Would you be interested in doing a MAMMA MIA thing with that catalog?’”
“It didn’t interested me but he asked if I would at least meet with Frankie Valli and the principal songwriter Bob Gaudio. I asked if I could bring a friend.”
Click HERE for the full story.
It’s Daniel Robert Sullivan Day on JBB In Honor of His Final Performance as Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys Las Vegas!May 29th, 2016
After 1,0002 shows in JERSEY BOYS Toronto & Las Vegas, Daniel Robert Sullivan ends his fantastic run playing Tommy DeVito tonight!
Just two nights ago, Dan celebrated his 1000th show & provided some amazing reflections on JBB. Click HERE to read this marvelous post.
Click HERE for some spectacular photo coverage of Dan through his years with the show on his Facebook page.
Dan, thank you so much for always being so cordial, sharing, and gracious with Jersey Boys Blog, and of course, for always giving such awesome performances on stage! We will miss you in JERSEY BOYS, but excited to see what’s in store for you next!
We would love for Jersey Boys Blog readers to share your memories, farewells, and well-wishes for Daniel Robert Sullivan as he ends his JERSEY BOYS run tonight.