February 2, 2007

Erich Bergen on Playing Bob Gaudio

February 2nd, 2007

Carole Barrow of SFDowntown.com has a terrific interview with Erich Bergen, Jersey Boys national tour’s Bob Gaudio.

When asked about playing Gaudio, Bergen said,

The role itself is very similar to me. He was a music geek, I was the same way, always asking for instruments and soundboards for Christmas…and of course, I’m from New York, a short distance from New Jersey.

Portraying Gaudio rather than the group’s most famous member, Frankie Valli has its advantages. Bergen stated,

It gave me a lot of freedom to develop the part because he doesn’t have a public persona like [Valli] does, but it also was scary, because I had to define a character, start from scratch. Whoever plays Frankie already has a template. They really have to imitate him.

Check out the whole interview on SFDowntown.com.


  1. I’ve just watched JLY’s Ask A Star video, and it was cut off when he was finishing answering a question. Is that just on my computer? Or was this a mistake on Broadway.com’s part?


    Comment by Sara — February 3, 2007 @ 11:30 am

  2. Sara, my computer did the same thing. He was answering the question about what other celebrity he would play and the answer was cut off. :( Maybe Broadway.com will fix it.

    Comment by A — February 3, 2007 @ 6:40 pm

  3. The end of the interview was also cut off when I watched it. (looked like 97% downloaded) Interesting questions and answers though!

    Comment by Audrey — February 3, 2007 @ 6:50 pm

  4. My computer cut off at the very beginning when it downloaded just 4%, and he was beginning to answer what other career he would have. Glad to see I’m not alone.

    Comment by Howard — February 3, 2007 @ 11:43 pm

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