June 28, 2009

Bob Gaudio Excited About Jersey Boys Melbourne!

June 28th, 2009

Ian Cuthbertson of The Australian has an in-depth interview with Bob Gaudio, who seems genuinely excited about the Melbourne debut of JERSEY BOYS, which will be the seventh major production of the show after those in several US cities, a Canadian company, and the London production.

Though he had assistance with lyrics from producer Bob Crewe, the hits all came from the pen of founding member and Four Seasons keyboardist Bob Gaudio, then aged 18. Simple but distinctive melodies, vamped rhythms, naturally sung verses and soaring falsetto choruses, not to mention the close harmonies and tribal handclaps, were the essence of the Four Seasons sound.

Legend has it that Gaudio wrote Sherry, his first worldwide smash, in just 15 minutes. The self-effacing songwriter confirms the myth.

“I know it sometimes sounds like a bad movie, but it’s absolutely true,” he says on the phone from New York before his departure for Melbourne. “I had 15 minutes of not much to do before a rehearsal and it just happened.

“Sometimes that will happen but then there will be times when somebody has to lock me in a room to finish a project. It can be torture. It’s not always a joy. It can be joyous when it’s finished and you’re happy with the result. But it is work,” Gaudio says.

Coincidentally for such a blazing tribute to all things American, the show opens here on July 4, American Independence Day. “That’s got to be a good omen,” Gaudio says.

Read the full fantastic interview on The Australian website.

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  1. Saw the show last night and was blown away. A real memory trip of my early youth. I will definitely be back for more high notes!

    Comment by Barbara — July 9, 2009 @ 7:30 pm

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