June 24, 2009

The Four Seasons Story Soon to Rock Melbourne!

June 24th, 2009

Ross Brundett of The Herald Sun has posted his recent interview with Bob Gaudio, who is convinced that Melbourne is the right place to have a show that chronicles the rise of The Four Seasons, from the mob-controlled mean streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here’s a sneak peek of the interview:

“I had never been to Australia so there was a sense of apprehension, but then I picked up this newspaper (reporting the death of Des Moran) and I thought, well, maybe they are going to get this story,” he said yesterday.

Gaudio admits that the popularity of gangster movies, coupled with the more recent success of the TV series The Sopranos, has made The Jersey Boys more accessible to today’s audience.

“I think the infatuation, certainly with The Sopranos and what’s happening here (Underbelly) can’t hurt us any,” he said, before adding: “I really think this show is so well constructed it would still be a spectacular show, but do I think would we have had this kind of success (without The Sopranos et al)? Probably not, but it’s a damn good show by any measure.”

Now the story of the group who gave the world such hits as Walk Like a Man, Sherry and Rag Doll looks like being made into a movie, which Gaudio suspects will be darker than the musical.

“There is lots of stuff. The question is how much do we want to tell?” says Gaudio. Mob stuff? “Yeah, there was some violence. I’m sure it will be grittier if the likes of Scorsese or Spielberg get their hands on it.”

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