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The JERSEY BOYS Broadway company ROCKED our Thanksgiving celebration this morning on CBS!
The JERSEY BOYS Broadway company ROCKED our Thanksgiving celebration this morning on CBS!
Absolutely spectacular JERSEY BOYS (and how about those Jersey Girls in the spotlight?!!) national tour performance at the Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit! It goes from 00:30 to 3:50 on the video.
Let’s keep celebrating with the JERSEY BOYS OBC on the CBS Thanksgiving Parade from 2006!
Happy Thanksgiving to all JBB readers! Let’s start with our favorite tradition–the JERSEY BOYS OBC appearance on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from TEN YEARS ago! Enjoy!
By Lulu Thompson, Jersey Boys Blog Special Correspondent
That was it…two takes on a Friday morning…and then Jersey Boys promo which will air during the CBS Thanksgiving Day parade was done. Let me give you my version of what actually happened.
On October 30th, the line in front of the August Wilson wasn’t particularly long, but those that were present had an air of anticipation about them. Jersey Boys needed seat fillers for as an yet unknown national TV spot, and who better to fill those seats than seasoned fans! (We certainly didn’t need to audition to fill a seat. I dare say that many who are reading this now have favorite seats in that theatre that have a few well-worn indentations that fit us quite comfortably, thank you very much!) Adding to the excitement was the Playbill delivery truck out front with thousands of Jersey Boys Playbills inside; yes, I peeked and took pictures. People chatted in line about previous Jersey Boys experiences and I met someone who I only knew through FB, all the while standing outside the theatre on a beautiful, breezy morning. The appointed time came and passed and a few people were getting anxious, but after all it was TV and apparently that means a lot of standing around. Finally the doors opened and we went inside the lobby area. Only a short wait there, many of us took the opportunity to take pictures under the “Jersey Boys” Walk sign and get a close-up view of the “Tony” in the glass case in the nearly empty lobby. Large disclosure signs revealed the event being filmed and the music from the inside of the theatre got everyone excited again.
Finally, we went inside and filled the first four rows of the theatre and a few side seats. Stepping over camera wires and gaping at headset runners and directors, we awaited our directions. We were instructed to clap enthusiastically as the cast performed…okay, I’ve practiced that for the last ten years! Read the rest of this entry »
Happy Thanksgiving, Jersey-Style!
A performance from Jersey Boys Tour will open the 89th annual America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit. Additionally, Jersey Boys Broadway will perform on the CBS Broadcast of the Thanksgiving Parade. Check local listings for times and availability!
Jersey Boys Winter Buy One Get One Free Sale! Celebrate 10 years of Jersey Boys with our best offer yet! Buy one ticket, get one free! Must order by Christmas Eve. See it this winter, and save! Click on http://bit.ly/WinterSale11231217 for more info and to get tickets!
Wonderful story in NJ.com about the recent donation by JERSEY BOYS producers to the Greater Newark Holiday Fund!
Producers of the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons-based musical “Jersey Boys” just donated $15,000 to a N.J. charitable organization to help needy residents this holiday season.
“Like Frankie says in Act Two of ‘Jersey Boys,’ ‘you don’t forget where you come from,’” said Edward Strong, a partner in Dodger Theatricals, lead producers of “Jersey Boys.”
The original members of the Four Seasons were famously from New Jersey, and Valli was born in Newark.
The producers of the Tony-winning musical donated the money to the Greater Newark Holiday Fund on Nov. 6, in commemoration of the show’s 10th anniversary.
They designated 300 orchestra seats to the Nov. 6 performance in New York City at a special $50 ticket rate with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Greater Newark Holiday Fund, according to a press release.
“‘Jersey Boys’ wanted to mark our tenth year on Broadway by sharing some of our good fortune with the community of Newark, who gave us, and the world, the original Four Seasons and their music,” Strong said.
The Fund, which was founded by Newark businessmen in 1937, started as a holiday gift drive and now provides financial gifts to various social service agencies across northern N.J., including those in Essex, Union, Passaic, Hudson, Morris and Bergen Counties.
Actor Tom Fiscella, who plays Gyp DeCarlo in the JERSEY BOYS national tour, is a Detroit-area native who is enjoying some time back in his old neighborhood! Check out snapshots of some features in local papers!
HometownLife.com: Or that his family’s Italian heritage and New Jersey roots would serve him well in Jersey Boys in his multiple roles as Gyp DeCarlo, a nightclub and bowling alley owner, judge and record executive.
“Some of my dad’s friends knew Frankie Valli growing up,” Fiscella said. “And crooner Jimmy Roselli was a distant cousin who sang Italian love songs in the nightclubs that my character, Gyp DeCarlo, actually owned.”
Fiscella is particularly looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with his family and revisiting some old traditions, like attending this year’s 89th America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van. He plans to watch some of his Jersey Boys cast mates open this year’s parade with a live performance from the WDIV-TV (Channel 4) TV zone prior to the parade’s travel down Woodward Avenue on Thanksgiving morning. WJR-AM (760) will also broadcast live from the parade route.
TheOaklandPress.com: Already a seasoned actor himself, the Southfield native and Birmingham Seaholm graduate didn’t just love the show about Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons. He saw a place for himself in it.
“As I sat there in the seats I thought, ‘I really need to be a part of this,’ and I saw the role I could fit into and made it my mission to get involved with it,” recalls Fiscella, 47, who’s part of the “Jersey Boys” second touring company, playing Gyp DeCarlo, the benevolent mobster who provided financial and other assistance to the Four Seasons in their climb to stardom.
“That’s the role I knew I could fit into,” Fiscella says by phone from the company’s recent stop in State College, Penn. “I could kind of sense the Gyp DeCarlo part was what I could do. If I was 10 or 15 years younger I could’ve played the Tommy DeVito part.
JERSEY BOYS national tour plays Fisher Theatre through December 6, 2015. Last week, Drew Seeley, Keith Hines, Matthew Dailey & Aaron De Jesus had a great interview on Fox2.
Enjoy a fun video with Drew Seeley, Keith Hines, Matthew Dailey & Aaron De Jesus on WXYZ in Detroit!
On November 17, 1962, The Four Seasons scored their second chart-topping hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Big Girls Don’t Cry”! This song, written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio, remained in the Number One position on the chart for five consecutive weeks and also spent three weeks atop Billboard’s R&B chart.
Let’s celebrate Rick Elice & Bob Gaudio’s birthdays one more time & add their pals Marshall Brickman & Frankie Valli during the fabulous unveiling of their caricatures during the JERSEY BOYS 5th anniversary celebration back in 2010!
For full coverage of that great event, click HERE.
The stars are definitely in alignment today as we present a special JBB EXCLUSIVE Interview with the legendary musical genius Bob Gaudio on his birthday!
Jersey Boys Blog: Bob, Congratulations on JERSEY BOYS’ 10-year milestone on Broadway! Thinking back to the very first couple of times you saw JB at La Jolla Playhouse in 2004, what were your initial thoughts about the production?
Bob Gaudio: Overwhelmed by the magic of the environment Des created. Just about the perfect balance of comedy, tragedy, and music. Some people thought Sherry kept them waiting too long–42 min or so, but I thought hey, if she’s not worth the wait, find another girl! When she does come out, it’s WOW!!
JBB: This month marks 40 years since the awesome “Who Loves You” brought The Four Seasons back to the Top 5 on the charts after an eight-year hiatus. You’ve mentioned before that this song is “a chant with harmony.” What’s the story behind and the inspiration for “Who Loves You”?
BG: Eight years for starters. The chorus was a piano lick I just couldn’t stop playing. Hypnotic monotony I’d call it. I decided to try it with vocals. Hypnotic and chanting. Lots of reverb/echo. I thought it was daring to fade in voices and was cautioned not to, because radio would talk over it. I heard one DJ do that, but he sneezed. In fact, the quiet made people listen. It was louder than a drum solo. Read the rest of this entry »
Happy Birthday Bob Gaudio! by Slidely Slideshow
Please join us in wishing original Four Seasons member, the pianist who plays like a madman, Songwriters Hall of Fame member, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, Grammy-winner, Tony-winner, record producer extraordinaire, and of course–musical genius in general–Bob Gaudio a very Happy Birthday today and many more!
Thank you for sharing your amazing musical gifts with the world, Mr. Gaudio!
Please join us in wishing the amazingly talented creative genius Rick Elice a very Happy Birthday today! Words cannot express how grateful we are to Rick–not only for sharing his glorious writing and innovations on the stage, but for his wonderful kindness, support and friendship to the JERSEY BOYS family of fans!
Happy Birthday & love to Rick on his special day!
Rick Elice saluting the fans at the JERSEY BOYS 5th Anniversary fan party at Gallagher’s Gallagher’s Steak House
We wish Tom Austin from The Royal Teens, who is not just an awesome musician, but an extraordinary artist and author, a very happy birthday today!
Pop icon Frankie Valli was on hand at On Your Feet’s opening night festivities at the Marquis Theatre on November 6, 2015! Visit Broadway.com for amazing photo coverage.
The JERSEY BOYS Las Vegas company is continuing with their Four Seasons of Kindness campaign & they are doing something extraordinary for the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Nevada and Sunny 106.5! If you donate $20 of clothing items, you will get a free ticket to the December 11th JERSEY BOYS performance at the Paris Theatre!
Click HERE for the full details!