Exciting news to report about JERSEY BOYS Tony Award-nominated orchestrator Steve Orich!
Steve is now working with the new Broadway-bound musical, Josephine, which officially opens tonight at the Mertz Theatre, located in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. Steve is responsible for the new musical’s orchestrations, arrangements, and musical supervision!
While the number doesn’t compare to many of my Jersey Boys brothers around the world, my 1000th performance will be bittersweet due to my final bow with the Las Vegas company just days later on May 29th. I met many of you on this email list due to my association with the show and, while I hope I will join a Jersey Boys company again in the future, I also know that nothing is guaranteed.
Most of you on this list have read my book, know the ups and downs, and understand the reason I must return home to New York after these almost two years in Vegas. (If you haven’t read the book, I still have access to some leftover copies I can buy, personalize, and send to anyone you’d like for $16. Order one here.) But really, I just wanted to write to this particular list because each one of you have been kind to me in some way: meeting after a show, connecting during an interview, sharing a story about Frankie or Tommy. The only reason you are in this email grouping is because you’ve written me a nice thing somewhere along the way, so thank you for that. When I take the 1000th bow on May 25th, and when I take my last one on May 29th, I take all those kind words with me.
Two hours until showtime here in Vegas; gotta start the routine…
(Chicago, IL) April 20, 2016 – THE FOUR C NOTES, the Midwest’s only Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute group is kicking off its summer tour with a special, one night only performance at Chicago’s Apollo Theater. The group was founded by and features John Michael Coppola who covered the role of Frankie Valli in Chicago’s smash hit production of JERSEY BOYS.
The concert will be on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 8:00pm. General admission tickets are $35. To purchase tickets, visit: www.apollochicago.com
Backed by a seven piece band, THE FOUR C NOTES perform 75 minutes of 100% Four Seasons hits, including: Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man, Workin’ My Way Back to You (Babe), December ’63 (Oh What a Night), Let’s Hang On, and the list goes on and on. Read the rest of this entry »
Exciting news for Michael Longoria!! Stay tuned for a JBB EXCLUSIVE Interview coming soon!
April 28, 2016 –New York, NY – Anticipation is building for Original “Jersey Boy” Michael Longoria’s solo project, BROADWAY BRICK BY BRICK, which hits May 5th on Broadway Records. Huffington Post has premiered Longoria’s unique version of “Over The Rainbow,” while Playbill ran the exclusive premiere of “Being Alive” from COMPANY, on the 46th anniversary of the show’s opening night.
Time Out New York highlighted Longoria’s album release shows on May 2 & May 3 at Joe’s Pub at the Public, and raved about BROADWAY BRICK BY BRICK. “Longoria applies soaring vocals to John McDaniels’s arrangements of showtune standards, including big ballads (“Corner of the Sky,” “Over the Rainbow”) and a Latin music–inflected take on “The Sound of Music.” To purchase tickets, go to Joe’s Pub Ticket Link. To pre-order the album, head to Broadway Records. Longoria’s wardrobe for the shows will be HOMME by Malan Breton.
The album has also received glowing feedback from Broadway’s biggest and brightest, including Betty Buckley who claims, “Michael Longoria has a wonderful voice and shares his love for the Broadway Songbook supported by the great John McDaniel as his Arranger. Love his new recording!” Donna McKechnie, the Tony Award-winning singer and actress who performed the original version of “Music and the Mirror” from A CHORUS LINE shares, “Michael Longoria lifts this song out of a classic Broadway show and truly makes it his own with a fresh and exciting interpretation.”
For BROADWAY BRICK BY BRICK, Longoria has partnered with a dream team of musical greats including: Grammy winner John McDaniel (Patti LuPone), who music directed and arranged, Grammy winning producer Jeffrey Lesser (Barbra Streisand, Kristin Chenoweth), and orchestrator Jesse Vargas (Clay Aiken). The release offers Broadway’s biggest songs, featuring Longoria’s soulful voice and incorporating his Latin roots.
Longoria began his career as a Mariachi singer in his hometown of Los Angeles, before moving on to stage productions. At age fourteen he was accepted to the prestigious Los Angeles County High School of The Arts, and then earned a scholarship to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is best known for his portrayal of Frankie Valli in the acclaimed production of Jersey Boys. Longoria is currently performing in The Midtown Men, the subject of two PBS specials including “Meet The Midtown Men.” Read the rest of this entry »
Today marks Matt Bogart’s last day with JERSEY BOYS as he takes temporary leave to star in the off-Broadway production of Himself and Nora, with book, music, and lyrics by Jonathan Brielle. He will begin performances at the Minetta Lane Theatre (18 Minetta Lane, between Sixth Avenue and MacDougal Street) beginning on May 14th.
Matt will return to JB on September 6th.
Please join us in wishing Matt all the best as he leaves JERSEY BOYS and in his new off-Broadway production!
Keith Hines, Aaron DeJesus, Drew Seeley, and Matthew Dailey (Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel)
JERSEY BOYS is rocking audiences on its return to PPAC! In fact, reporter Channing Gray states that this version “is pure gold, better than ever.” Here’s a sneak peek of the review:
Aaron De Jesus is a knockout as Frankie Valli. He’s got the looks, the presence and that laser-like falsetto that made hit after hit sparkle. Sometimes he’d rock, and then break your heart with a tender ballad like “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”
When he finished singing that iconic tune, De Jesus put his hand to his heart and let us all know this was his gift to an audience who couldn’t get enough of him.
The thing about “Jersey Boys” is, it manages to mix enduring rock with a compelling story that is not always pretty. There are brushes with the law, mob ties and marital train wrecks, all spiraling out of control as the group tries to keep it together.
Mauricio Pérez & Dominic Scaglione Jr. (Photo Credit: Joan Marcus)
Two guys with names that end in a vowel! What could be better?!
News from Broadway.com: A duo of Frankie Vallis will step under the Broadway streetlight. Jersey Boys alums Mauricio Pérez and Dominic Scaglione Jr. will share the role of Frankie Valli in the Broadway production beginning April 26.
Both will play four performances a week; a performance schedule will be announced later. They take over for Joseph Leo Bwarie, who appeared in his final performance at the August Wilson Theatre on April 24.
Pérez made his Broadway debut with Jersey Boys and also appeared in the national tour; his additional credits include Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage and Altar Boyz off-Broadway. Scaglione, who also made his Great White Way debut in the Tony-winning musical, is an alum of the Chicago and Las Vegas companies.
Congratulations & break a leg to Mauricio & Dominic on this awesome news!
As we all know, Joseph Leo Bwarie’s final performance as Frankie Valli in JERSEY BOYS Broadway after EIGHT amazing years in three different companies!
All these years of seeing JLB in JB on stage have been awesome and unforgettable! Is it possible that his performance was more phenomenal each time we were in the audience? Well, after our last visit during the JERSEY BOYS 10th anniversary on Broadway–I can say it could happen–it did happen! JLB’s performances that weekend were off the charts!
We wish Joe all the best in his future endeavors & are looking forward to seeing what’s next for him!
We thank Joseph Leo Bwarie for being an awesome and phenomenal Frankie all these years and for sharing his amazing talents with the world on stage and of course, in his spectacular solo recordings!
We would love for Jersey Boys Blog readers to share your Joseph Leo Bwarie memories and well-wishes!
Quinn VanAntwerp, Joseph Leo Bwarie, Richard H. Blake, and Matt Bogart (Photo Credit: Bruce Gilkas, Broadway.com)
It’s been all over Twitter, but let’s announce it again! Broadway.com states: It’s too good to be true for Michael Lomenda, who will step in for Matt Bogart as Nick Massi in Jersey Boys from May 3 through September 4. Bogart is on leave from JB while he appears in off-Broadway’s Himself and Nora, and will return to the Main Stem’s August Wilson Theatre on September 6.
A Jersey Boys vet, Michael has appeared as Nick Massi in Toronto, on the road, and played the role in Clint Eastwood’s feature film adaptation of the musical. Now, it’s time for his Broadway debut!
JB Natl Tour Four Seasons (Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel)
The third time is definitely a charm for the JB national tour! Check out rave reviews all over the DC area!
MDtheatreguide.com: Lucky for Washington, D.C. theater goers, the “boys” are back in town for a third visit. Previously, the First National Tour had successful runs in the nation’s capital in 2009 and 2011. This time around, the Second National Tour comes with a new cast and the same tight, fast-paced production, chock-full of showstoppers that still bring the audience to its feet… It is the story, the music and multi-talented cast and crew that buoys the production to great heights. There is no doubt that the appeal – and run – of Jersey Boys will continue to endure and leave audiences singing in aisles as they leave the theater.
Curtainup.com: The performances by Drew Seeley as Bob Gaudio, Keith Hines as Nick Massi, and Matthew Dailey as Tommy DeVito, are all good but it is Aaron De Jesus’ Frankie Valli that stuns the audience. His voice, like Valli’s, is extraordinary, ranging — I am guessing here — four octaves to a really high falsetto. His acrobatic dance tricks in the second act come as a surprise and his rendition of “Fallen Angel” brought on some tears and an ovation that stopped the show. Read the rest of this entry »