Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel)tweeted this last night: We’re bowling against Jersey Boys tonight, & we gonna lose. Their Frankie Valli (Dominic Scaglione, Jr.) bowled a FAFILLION last time. 100 TURKEYS. #BigGirlsDontCry
In honor of the bowling talents of Scags, we thought we’d honor him and The Four Seasons’ bowling connections with the Brunswick Bowling jingle that they did back in the early ’60s!
Jersey Boys national tour sit-down scene (Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel)
JERSEY BOYS national tour plays the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco through 2/14/16 & critics keep posting rave reviews. Check out the latest updates:
StanfordArtsReview.com: I had fun, I was moved, and I left the theater smiling at the main takeaway of Jersey Boys. As Valli says during the endearing outtros, in which each member claims that their success was “all thanks to me,” the most important thing that brought the men together, brought them happiness, and saved their lives was their love for the music. Music saved them, and I couldn’t help but think about how many people in the audience had also been saved and fulfilled by music, maybe even by the Four Seasons’ music. With that kind of heartwarming, universal sentiment, I can certainly let a few more Jersey boys into my life. Read the rest of this entry »
Mark Lotito, who has played Gyp DeCarlo (and so many other roles) so amazingly since JERSEY BOYS opened on Broadway over ten years ago, is highlighted in a Playbill.com feature on ensemblists:
Like thousands of other New Yorkers, Mark Lotito — a member of Jersey Boys since its 2005 premiere — takes the subway to work. “My wife and I are both actors. We have two kids, so our lives are pretty full. We seem to be busy all the time.” But like McConnell, Lotito tries to partition his stage work from the rest of his day. “When I’m not at the show, I make sure that I’m mentally engaged somewhere else — especially running around with my kids, coaching youth sports.”
On Saturday morning, January 23, I had the opportunity to talk with Chicago Jersey Boys alum, John Michael Coppola, for almost three hours. We covered a wide range of topics, from his role as a Swing and Dance Captain in Jersey Boys to the current success of his two musical ventures, his solo performances in “A Jersey Voice, Sinatra to Springsteen…and Everyone in Between” and his group, “The Four C Notes.”
When John was interviewed by Howard Tucker, he responded to a question about why “Valli” wasn’t in the title of the show. John responded that there were two primary reasons. First he was a solo act and second, he did not want people thinking he was doing a Frankie Valli or Four Seasons show.
I attended and reviewed John’s premier solo concert in Arlington Heights (2/25/11) and since then have attended additional performances with both John’s solo show and “The Four C Notes.” Read the rest of this entry »
Talk about a flashback! On NewYorkRadioArchive.com, you can listen to the fantastic History of Rock & Roll radio program. This edition features many of the hitmakers of the mid-60s, including The Four Seasons, with some commentary from the late Bob Crewe! The Seasons’segment begins around 15:04 through 22:45.
Critics all over SF are welcoming JB back with fantastic reviews! Check out snapshots below!
SFExaminer.com[: “Jersey Boys” is here to stay. A decade after Broadway smash about the rise of the 1960s pop group The Four Seasons began its national tour at the Curran Theatre, the show is back in town at the Orpheum — not to mention continuing record-breaking runs in New York, London and Las Vegas – and all is quite well....“Jersey Boys” remains full of fun, humor and pop sensibilities, from the prelude “Oh, What a Night” to the finale, when the guys make the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,
Pinkeggmedia.com: There’s a lot that can be discussed about their lives and what fame and fortune mean to different people. The one thing that everyone can agree on is that being able to leave something behind like a song (in this case, songs) that will be celebrated way beyond his or her years, is an amazing accomplishment. And all this was squeezed into two and half hours! Read the rest of this entry »
Keith Hines, Aaron De Jesus, Drew Seeley, and Matthew Dailey (Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel)
PopWrapped.com has a marvelous Q&A with JERSEY BOYS national tour’s Bob Gaudio–Drew Seeley!
Check out a snapshot below: PopWrapped: Tell us about Jersey Boys and your role in it.
Drew Seeley: I play Bob Gaudio, who was the principal songwriter for the Four Seasons and the last member to join. I auditioned for the show in California, LA and didn’t hear anything for a year and, then, got a call out of the blue saying “Hey, come to New York for a call back!” So I did that and, then, they said they wanted me on board. I think all the guys involved went through the usual channels. You have to audition and sometimes it takes eight call-backs — and sometimes it’s faster. It’s a really great group that we got together, and we’re excited to come to San Francisco. It’s the first I’ve spent a long amount of time there. It’ll be a lot of fun.
PW: Tell us a little bit about how got started acting and about both your theatre background and your Disney background.
DS: I got involved in theatre when I was 11. I answered an open call in Toronto where I lived and was cast in Showboat and did that show for a year while I was in middle school. That’s kind of where I “caught the bug” if you will. I’ve been going ever since then. I lived in Orlando for ten years, and went to high school and college there. Actually, while I was there, I was not involved with Disney at all, though a lot of my friends were. Then, I moved to California in 2004 and basically got involved with Disney when High School Musical came out in 2006. I did some singing and co-writing some of the music. They’ve been really great to me since then and offered me a lot of stuff. I’ve done soundtracks and released a lot of music for some of their films. I did Disney’s The Little Mermaid on Broadway in 2010, which was also the last time I spent some time on a professional stage. So that was a good experience.
Click HERE to read the entire Q&A with Drew Seeley!
Great news to report! JERSEY BOYS and all other Broadway shows will be open for business today, January 24, 2015. Check out the official word below:
“All Broadway shows are playing as scheduled, today, Sunday, January 24th,” said League president Charlotte St. Martin. “The show must go on, especially for the large percentage of our audience who come in from out of town to see a Broadway show and we don’t want to disappoint them. As always, the safety and security of theatergoers and employees is everyone’s primary concern.”
For information about refunds and exchanges, theatergoers should contact their point-of-purchase, the League advised.
Aaron De Jesus & Drew Seeley (Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel)
David John Chavez of BayAreaPlays.com has posted a very insightful interview with Aaron De Jesus, who plays Frankie Valli in the JERSEY BOYS national tour. Check out an excerpt below:
De Jesus cut his teeth with the show in Las Vegas, where he understudied the role, quietly prepping for the big moment where he was able to headline the show on his own. His character study also came from his father, a blue collar man who was raised in the South Bronx. That first-hand peek at authenticity certainly helped shape the truths he brings to his portrayal of Valli.
“When I was assigned to this role, the producers want this to be a real story with real people, and it has to be authentic and genuine,” said De Jesus. “My father grew up in a rough ‘hood like these guys, and I’ve been able to draw from that and kind of create my own idea of who Frankie is to me.”
Keith Hines, Aaron DeJesus, Drew Seeley, and Matthew Dailey (Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniels) /caption]
So great that JB national tour has returned to San Francisco from tonight through Valentine’s Day at the Orpheum Theatre! BroadwayWorld.com has a fun Q&A with Matthew Dailey, who plays Tommy DeVito. Check out a sneak peek below:
The Four Seasons isn’t exactly your generation, and the opening song seems to understand that as it draws you back in time. What kind of research did you have to do to understand this real life person and his times?
It’s a lot of research into the neighborhood that these guys grew up in and the time period. I didn’t necessarily grow up listening specifically to this genre of music, but I did know 75 percent of the songs. It’s music that has transcended multiple generations and decades, and it will be around forever. People still love it. People still listen to it. It’s still very relevant.
The idea of “four seasons” is somewhat incorporated into the show. What are some of the seasons your character goes through on his journey?
What’s neat about the setup of this show versus other shows is it’s the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, so each of the four of us get the chance to narrate the show. So I start the show off. My season is called Spring. It’s the birth of the group. And then we get to Summer, which kind of goes through the high point of the group when they’re living the dream and they’re the rock stars. And then there’s the Fall of the group. It goes through the demise of the group. And then that leaves us with winter, which Frankie tells, which is kind of more his solo career he takes on once the group kind of crumbles.