Jersey Boys has just opened for a two-month run in Auckland to rave reviews and Bridget Jones has a fabulous interview with original Four Seasons member Bob Gaudio. T
he songwriter, keyboard player and singer says it’s impossible to pinpoint the reason his songs are still being hummed around the world, but suggests it might have something to do with timing of the group’s success.
“Oh boy, it’s such a difficult question. We were fortunate to be [successful] at a certain time, at the beginning of rock and roll, so there’s the fact that particular audience relates to it. It’s become the songbook of their lives and fortunately everyone is still remembering that feeling.”
Gaudio is pretty hands-on with the musical production – he had Dion Bilios, who plays Valli in the New Zealand production, over to his Tennessee base to pass on some words of wisdom and help with vocal training, and he and Valli have a say in the show’s casting.
He says the musical is “close to 95 per cent” accurate and shows almost everything as he remembers it.
“It’s the real deal. As we like to say here, warts and all,” laughs the 69-year-old.
Click HERE to read the full interview & to check out the great photo of Bob Gaudio and with JB cast member Dion Bilios, who is portraying Frankie Valli in the New Zealand Company.