April 18, 2010

Jersey Boys Heads to Buffalo–A Story of Family, the Mob, & the Music Biz

April 18th, 2010

With the JERSEY BOYS national tour beginning a nearly three-week run at Shea’s Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, Buffalo News arts writer Colin Dabkowski has an interview with JB writer Rick Elice and director Des McAnuff. Here’s a preview:

When Rick Elice sat down for his first meeting with Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio, two original members of ’60s pop group the Four Seasons, it didn’t take long for a juicy story to emerge.

“We were sitting in the back of a dark Italian restaurant on West 46th Street in Manhattan, waiting for the salad, and we asked, innocently enough, ‘So, what was it like growing up in New Jersey on the wrong side of the tracks?’ And that was all we said for the next two hours,” Elice said.

“They just started in, with one anecdote after another and I found myself doing that thing that a kid does when he’s hearing a great bedtime story. I’m leaning forward, I’m wide awake, I’m really interested. I’m saying things like, ‘Are you kidding?’ or ‘That really happened?’ or ‘Come on, get out of here, that’s impossible!’”

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