September 19, 2017

Sad News: Judy Parker Gaudio, Songwriter, Actress, and Wife of Bob Gaudio Has Passed Away

September 19th, 2017
Judy Parker & Bob Gaudio at BC/EFA Jersey Boys Cocktail Reception, October, 2007 (Photo Credit: BroadwayWorld.com)

Judy Parker & Bob Gaudio at BC/EFA Jersey Boys Cocktail Reception, October, 2007 (Photo Credit: BroadwayWorld.com)

It is with sadness that Jersey Boys Blog has to share the news to our readers that Judy Parker Gaudio, writer of Billboard chart-topping songs and Broadway hits, and wife of Bob Gaudio, has passed away peacefully from respiratory complications on Thursday, September 14, 2017. Among her most well-known songs are “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” and “Who Loves You,” which were recorded by ?Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Ms. Gaudio was 79 years of age.

Judy Parker was introduced to ?Bob Gaudio, a founding member of The Four Seasons, in 1973 at the Motown Studios in Los Angeles, while Bob was recording a ?Marvin Gaye/Diana Ross duet. They dated for eight years and were married on April 5, 1981. In their 45 years together, they co-wrote a number of top 5 songs for ?Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Some of those were prominently featured in the Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Award-winning musical, Jersey Boys, which became the 12th longest-running musical in Broadway history.

For Ms. Parker’s full obituary, click HERE.

Our hearts and prayers go out to Bob Gaudio, Ms. Parker’s extended family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time.

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September 15, 2017

#FlashbackFriday: 55 Years Ago Today–The Whole World Exploded: The Four Seasons Top the Billboard Hot 100 with SHERRY! @frankievalli

September 15th, 2017

Musical genius Bob Gaudio wrote this song in 15 minutes! Today marks the 55th anniversary: September 15, 1962 when SHERRY by The Four Seasons had their first #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart!

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August 10, 2017

Newsflash: Jersey Boys Will Be Working Its Way Back to NYC in Open-Ended, Off-Broadway Run in November!

August 10th, 2017

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Breaking news about JERSEY BOYS was ubiquitous today–with the announcement that the Tony-Award winning Broadway musical is coming back! In November, JERSEY BOYS will begin playing an open-ended run Off-Broadway, at New World Stages in Midtown Manhattan!

The production will have the same script and score as the Broadway production, but four fewer cast members, a smaller theater and lower ticket prices. The producers of the Off Broadway “Jersey Boys” will be Dodger Theatricals, which also handled the show’s Broadway and touring productions.

News on dates and cast to come soon.

For all the details, click HERE.

My Hand to God, I didn’t see this coming, did you?!

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July 4, 2017

Video Flashback: Legendary Frankie Valli (@frankievalli) & The Four Seasons Performance on #ACapitolFourth, 2014!

July 4th, 2017

Fantastic performance from Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons on the 2014 edition of A Capitol Fourth on PBS!!

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Video Flashback: Jersey Boys Cast Members on #ACapitolFourth, 2009!

July 4th, 2017

A select group of Jersey Boys from casts across America, with a new orchestration by Steve Orich, perform a medley of hits from the show in a Fourth of July celebration in Washington DC in 2009. 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.

Enjoy this fantastic performance!

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June 19, 2017

Happy 89th Birthday to Original Four Seasons Member Tommy DeVito!

June 19th, 2017

Please join us in wishing the one and only original Jersey Boy & founding member of The Four Seasons–Tommy DeVito a very happy 89th birthday today!

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June 11, 2017

Video Flashback, Part 3: Jersey Boys @TheTonyAwards Performance, 2006!

June 11th, 2017

This flashback never gets old, does it?! Enjoy the 2006 Tony Awards performance of the JERSEY BOYS OBC before their big Best Musical win!

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Video Flashback, Part 2: Five Different Frankie Valli’s and JB Broadway Cast Performance at 2009 @TheTonyAwards! @JerseyBoysInfo

June 11th, 2017

An evening we’ll never forget: Five different fantastic Frankie Valli’s perform a medley from JERSEY BOYS, along with the phenonmenal Broadway cast, at the 2009 Tony Awards. The five Frankies are Joseph Leo Bwarie, Rick Faugno, Courter Simmons, Dominic Scaglione, Jr., and Jarrod Spector.

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Video Flashback, Part 1: Jersey Boys OBC at 2007 @TheTonyAwards! @JerseyBoysInfo

June 11th, 2017

Let’s go back to 2007 when JERSEY BOYS OBC cast members Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer, and John Lloyd Young performed “Oh, What A Nigh” and announced the Creative Arts 2007 Tony Award Winners.

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June 8, 2017

Throwback Thursday, The Four Seasons, circa Early 1960s at Palisades Amusement Park! #TBT @frankievalli

June 8th, 2017
The Four Seasons: Nick Massi, Tommy DeVito, Frankie Valli, and Bob Gaudio

The Four Seasons: Nick Massi, Tommy DeVito, Frankie Valli, and Bob Gaudio

How cool is this photo of The Four Seasons back in the early 1960s at Palisades Amusement Park?!

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June 6, 2017

Christian Hoff to Host Fabulous Tony Award Party to Benefit V. Foundation on Sunday 6/11/17! @mrchristianhoff

June 6th, 2017
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Christian Hoff

Original JERSEY BOYS Broadway cast member, Tony Award-winner, and Midtown Men member Christian Hoff will be hosting a fun and fabulous party/fundraiser for the V. Foundation this Sunday night, June 11th, in NYC at the Palm Restaurant! A great event for a phenomenal organization that seeks a cure for cancer! For tickets, silent auction, and more details, please visit www.tonynightatthepalm.com

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May 11, 2017

Jersey Boys Natl Tour Sensational in San Diego!

May 11th, 2017
The national touring production of "Jersey Boys" plays through May 14 at the San Diego Civic Theatre.It stars, from left, Aaron De Jesus as Franki Valli, Cory Jeacoma as Bob Gaudio, Matthew Dailey as Tommy DeVito and Keith Hines as Nick Massi. (Broadway/San Diego)

The national touring production of “Jersey Boys” plays through May 14 at the San Diego Civic Theatre.It stars, from left, Aaron De Jesus as Franki Valli, Cory Jeacoma as Bob Gaudio, Matthew Dailey as Tommy DeVito and Keith Hines as Nick Massi. (Broadway/San Diego)

The JB national tour is rocking on their return to San Diego the San Diego Civic Theatre, just a few miles from where it all began in 2004!

Check out a sneak peek of a review by Pam Kragen:

As Frankie, Aaron De Jesus re-creates Valli’s ear-rattling high notes but adds some surprising dance moves. Cory Jeacoma has an upbeat, boyish freshness and strong singing ability as Bob Gaudio, whose lifelong friendship and business agreement with Valli was sealed with a handshake.

Matthew Dailey carries off the wise guy bluster of Tommy, and the funny, monotone Keith Hines steals most of his scenes as Nick, the self-described “Ringo” of the quartet.

There’s also nice support work from Barry Anderson as the group’s flamboyant producer Bob Crewe, Thomas Fiscella as gangster Gyp DeCarlo and Jonny Wexler as “Joey,” the exuberant agent-in-training who went on to Oscar-winning stardom (Joe Pesci). Not all of the voices in the ensemble are ear-pleasing and on Wednesday night, sound issues made some singers sound especially shrill.

Click HERE to read the entire review.

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May 3, 2017

Happy Birthday to the One & Only Frankie Valli! @frankievalli

May 3rd, 2017

Please join us in wishing pop star extraordinaire Frankie Valli a very happy 83rd birthday today!

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April 14, 2017

Video: Original Jersey Boys Cast Member Heather Pond’s Adorable Twins Get Ready to Sleep Listening to @JerseyBabys Recording!

April 14th, 2017

Sometimes it just clicks with people–to quote Nick Massi in JERSEY BOYS! These adorable twins are definitely clicking with the Jersey Babys recording, arent they?

Original JB cast member Heather Pond and her husband have created a wonderful video with their twin boys and the Jersey Babys recording that was produced by Danielle Gaudio-Lalehzar and her father Bob Gaudio back in 2008!

Trust me–you’ll want to play this again & again!

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April 9, 2017

Broadway Stars Including #JerseyBoys Alumni to Light Up @SubCulture_NYC at @NFHopeConcert on May 8! @jeffleibow

April 9th, 2017

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BROADWAY STARS TO LIGHT UP SUBCULTURE NEW YORK FOR NF HOPE CONCERT ON MAY 8
CHAD KIMBALL, THE DOO WOP PROJECT, AARON RAMEY AND MORE LEAD LINEUP–Tickets on Sale Now!

NEW YORK (April 3, 2017) – An impressive collection of Broadway talent will come together Monday, May 8, 2017 for New York City’s inaugural “NF Hope Concert” at SubCulture New York.

Benefit organizer Jeff Leibow, formerly of JERSEY BOYS, has brought together an incredible list of Broadway elite, including Mary Callanan (Bandstand, Mama Mia), The Doo Wop Project (with Tony Nominee Charl Brown, Russell Fischer, Dwayne Milan, Dominic Nolfi, Dominic Scaglione Jr.), Chad Kimball (Tony Award nominee, Come From Away, Memphis), Laurel Harris (Beautiful, In Transit, Wicked), Rob Marnell (Beautiful, Jersey Boys), Aaron Ramey (The Bridges Of Madison County, Curtains, Young Frankenstein), Jenny Lee Stern (Rocky, Jersey Boys), Nasia Thomas (Beautiful) and more for a spectacular evening of entertainment to raise awareness and financial support for Neurofibromatosis Network, an organization dedicated to families and individuals suffering from Neurofibromatosis (NF).

“We are blown away by the generosity of the Broadway community,” says Leibow. “We have had so many performers offering to be a part of this inaugural New York event, we have had to turn some away.”

Tickets start at $75 and are available online at http://nfhope.org/NYCConcert. Read the rest of this entry »

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March 26, 2017

Farewell to @JerseyBoysUK on Their Successful Run! Share Your Well Wishes & Memories!

March 26th, 2017

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Today marks JERSEY BOYS London’s phenomenal run in London after over NINE glorious years!

Congratulations and all the best to current and former cast and crew members! Please share your well wishes and memories of this awesome company on their amazing run.

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March 8, 2017

Jersey Boys Natl Tour Awesome in Omaha!

March 8th, 2017
Jersey Boys National Tour Company (Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel)

Jersey Boys National Tour Company (Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel)

Absolutely splendid JB national tour review from Omaha! Check out a sneak peek:

The traveling Broadway show — presented by Omaha Performing Arts — started a six-day run Tuesday night at the Orpheum Theater.

Guys who play Valli in the show attend an intensive Frankie Camp to learn the character, and De Jesus must have been an attentive student. He was made for the part: short in stature but long on talent. If anything, his crisp and clear falsetto voice is a tad higher than Valli’s. For me, he ceased being an actor and became the lead singer of the Seasons.

The show takes you through Valli’s earliest ventures into music with DeVito, who, like Massi, had several stays in jail. It tells the story of how Joey (Jonny Wexler), later known as actor Joe Pesci, introduced songwriter Gaudio to the guys, which changed everything. He’d already written a couple of hits, including “Short Shorts.”

There’s marriage, divorce, group battles over money and other issues, encounters with mobsters, a musical breakup and family tragedy.

All four of the guys nailed the Jersey persona. Hines was particularly good as the taciturn Massi, spouting his lines in a somewhat menacing monotone. A scene in which he becomes uncorked is especially funny.

Visit Omaha.com to read the whole review!

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March 2, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Today in Four Seasons Music History-March 2, 1963-Walk Like A Man Tops the Billboard Hot 100 Chart! @frankievalli #TBT

March 2nd, 2017

Fifty-four years ago today, The Four Seasons were on top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart with their third consecutive No. 1 single, WALK LIKE A MAN!

Truth be told, my all-time favorite Four Seasons masterpiece! Who agrees?

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Photo Coverage: Michael Longoria (@LONGORIASINGS) at The View UpStairs Opening Night Party with Daniel Reichard (@DanielReichard)!

March 2nd, 2017

Michael Longoria is currently starring in The View UpStairs – the provocative new musical written by Max Vernon and directed by Scott Ebersold – at Culture Project – The Lynn Redgrave (45 Bleecker Street). The View UpStairs pulls you inside the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant ’70s gay bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Check out a sneak peek of Linda Lenzi’s great photos below! For full photo coverage of the opening night party, visit BroadwayWorld.com.

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Michael Longoria

Michael Longoria and Daniel Reichard

Michael Longoria and Daniel Reichard

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