October 14, 2013

Marshall Brickman Talks about Upcoming #JerseyBoysMovie & More with BroadwayWorld.com!

October 14th, 2013

Marshall Brickman (Photo Credit: Walter McBride)

Pat Cerasaro of BroadwayWorld.com has a marvelous in-depth interview with the one and only Marshall Brickman, who discusses bringing JERSEY BOYS to the stage, as well as his role in the upcoming film adaptation of the blockbuster hit musical! In addition to major details abou the JB movie, Brickman chats about his latest biomusical project on Roy Rogers, and much more! Check out a sneak peek below:

Pat Cerasaro: Is there anything that you put into the screenplay that you always wanted to put in the show?

Marshall Brickman: Yes, there is. A lot. There is so much anecdotal material and interesting stuff that we discovered doing the research that we just couldn’t have in there – you know, we wanted people to be able to be back at their cars by 10:30 rather than midnight; so, there were some songs that didn’t make it and some anecdotal material in some scenes that didn’t make it. And, you know, onstage, what is wonderful is that it is live and it is happening before your eyes, but what is limiting is in terms of locations – so, what we did was we designed the show around a very simple set that could be anything; it could be a bunch of guys in a car or a nightclub or somebody’s living room or anything. But, when you have a camera you can go anywhere, so we really took advantage of that with the screenplay. So, yes, there are many scenes and some songs and anecdotal stuff that we couldn’t do when we were doing it onstage that we do in the movie. And, then, there is the most obvious thing when comparing the musical to the movie: a song that is two minutes and thirty seconds will hold very well because it’s the strong personality of the people who are doing it, but if you just film four guys singing a song for two and a half minutes onscreen it dies. So, you have to come up with a whole lot of other stuff to look at and think about while the song is going on because of that. There were definitely some technical difficulties and challenges that we had to address in translating it. There will be some things that are new that are not in the musical onstage and there are some things that we have taken out to try to make it work better.

Click HERE to read the entire in-depth interview!


  1. when will the movie be out.

    Comment by ron conte — October 14, 2013 @ 10:24 am

  2. Don’t like the line “some things that we have taken out to try and make it work better”. Personally I don’t need a “Jersey Boys” film. However, I will withhold my prejudice of show to film till I view the movie. Not very optimistic after what I am hearing though.

    Comment by Gladys (Phillygalg) — October 15, 2013 @ 4:57 am

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