August 31, 2009

Reflections on Jersey Boys from Gaudio and Elice

August 31st, 2009

    As reported earlier, Bob Gaudio and Rick Elice were in Toronto last week for the first-anniversary gala performance of JERSEY BOYS! Robert Cushman chatted with Gaudio and Elice about creating JERSEY BOYS and the show’s worldwide success. According to Gaudio, the show is to be believed. “I was a more than reluctant performer. Who says [...]

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June 5, 2009

The Jersey Boys Phenomenon–According to Rick Elice

June 5th, 2009

    In a recent interview with Diane Snyder, Rick Elice explains the JERSEY BOYS phenomenon. Here’s a preview of what Rick had to say: “At that moment the audience has forgotten they’re watching four actors and they root for these four guys as though they really are The Four Seasons in their youth,” says Rick Elice, [...]

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May 27, 2009

Encore Atlanta’s Interview with Rick Elice!

May 27th, 2009

    Visit to listen to and read Kristi Casey Sanders’ in-depth interview with Rick Elice! Here’s a preview: Q: How did you get involved in the ‘great fight’? A: When I was three years old, I taken by my parents to see a show on Broadway. I was born here in NY and my parents, [...]

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May 24, 2009

Jersey Boys National Tour Heads to Atlanta!

May 24th, 2009

    Steven Bryan of states that JERSEY BOYS makes its local debut Wednesday at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta! During the run, the touring production will see its 1,000th performance. Here’s a preview of the story that features interviews with Rick Elice, Joseph Leo Bwarie, Josh Franklin, and Des McAnuff. “That’s three years of touring,” [...]

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May 22, 2009

Rick Elice: Four Seasons Story and Three Miracles

May 22nd, 2009

    Kristi Casey Sanders of has an interesting interview with Rick Elice, who talks about the beginnings of JERSEY BOYS and its eternal heart. According to Elice, the show exists because of three miracles that took place between October 2003 and October 2004. The first miracle was that Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio gave Elice [...]

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May 17, 2009

Jersey Boys Comes to Boston This Summer!

May 17th, 2009

    The Boston Globe’s Louise Kennedy notes that Boston’s downtown theaters will have a busier summer than usual–with JERSEY BOYS (July 23-Sept. 26), The Color Purple, and Rent coming to town. What all three shows have in common, aside from successful Broadway runs and crowd-pleasing tunes, is a strong sense of story – and a story [...]

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April 17, 2009

Rick Elice to Appear in Ft. Lauderdale Tomorrow!

April 17th, 2009

    In an exclusive South Florida appearance, meet the co-writer of Jersey Boys, the 2006 Tony Award–winning Best Musical about Rock-and- Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons featuring Frankie Valli in Behind the Scenes: Rick Elice on Saturday, April 18 at noon in the Abdo New River Room. For an insider’s look at the show, [...]

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March 19, 2009

Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice, and Bob Gaudio Show Off Three Big Awards!

March 19th, 2009

    Visit to see photos of the JERSEY BOYS dream team: Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice, and Bob Gaudio showing off their show’s awards backstage at the August Wilson Theatre earlier this week. The awards: Best Musical Tony Award; Best Cast Album Grammy Award; and most recently, Best Musical Olivier Award!

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March 15, 2009

Jersey Boys Heads to Nashville!

March 15th, 2009

    Joseph Leo Bwarie, left, Josh Franklin, Erik Bates and Steve Gouveia perform as the Four Seasons in Jersey Boys. (Photo Credit: Joan Marcus) Fiona Soltes of The Tennessean notes that The Four Seasons are, of course, best known for their music — but don’t be too quick to categorize their story as a musical revue. [...]

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February 11, 2009

Rick Elice Confident Australian Jersey Boys Matches Original!

February 11th, 2009

    Rick Elice and Frankie Valli pose with the Melbourne Jersey Boys cast members at last week’s press launch in Las Vegas. JERSEY BOYS Melbourne opens at the Princess Theatre on July 4, 2009! The Tony Award-winning musical’s writer, Rick Elice told Australian AAP that he is confident the Australian version of JERSEY BOYS will be [...]

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February 1, 2009

Buzz on Brickman and Elice’s ‘The Addams Family’

February 1st, 2009

    Michael Riedel reports that good buzz is coming out of this week’s invitation-only reading of “The Addams Family” musical, with lots of cheers for what one spy calls a “brilliantly funny” cast – Nathan Lane (Gomez), Bebe Neuwirth (Morticia), Kevin Chamberlain (Uncle Fester), Marylouise Burke (Grandmama) and Terence Mann and Jan Maxwell as a “normal” [...]

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Folk Singer Marshall Brickman!

February 1st, 2009

    In the recent JERSEY BOYS feature in The Hartford Courant, the reporter mentions that Marshall Brickman was a member of the early ’60s folk group, The Tarriers. Here’s a clip of The Tarriers’ performance of TV’s “Hootenanny.”

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January 31, 2009

Jersey Boys Heads to Hartford!

January 31st, 2009

    JB cast members Steve Gouveia, Joseph Leo Bwarie, Josh Franklin and Erik Bates (Photo by Joan Marcus) Frank Rizzo of The Hartford Courant asks: Is it hip to be from New Jersey? After years of being the punch line for comedians, the state is getting, well, if not respect, at least some cultural cachet. Giving [...]

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January 24, 2009

Rick Elice Returns to La Jolla with ‘Peter and the Starcatchers’

January 24th, 2009

    News from La Jolla Playhouse welcomes back Rick Elice, co-writer of the Tony Award-winning Jersey Boys, as the playwright of Peter and the Starcatchers. Alex Timbers and Roger Rees are set to direct with choreography by Kelly Devine and music by Wayne Barker. Peter and the Starcatchers will be playing at the Sheila and [...]

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January 6, 2009

Rick Elice’s Winding Road to Jersey

January 6th, 2009
    Excerpt:’s “First Person” column has a real treat today–the Rick Elice story, from Rick himself! Here’s a sneak peek into this amazing story: When I was at Yale Drama School, nobody was into Broadway musicals. It just wasn’t cool. Everybody was genuflecting at the altar of Chekhov, but working on Broadway was my private dream. [...]

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November 17, 2008

Happy Birthday to Rick Elice!

November 17th, 2008

    The stars are definitely in alignment today–as not one–but two Jersey Boys geniuses are celebrating their birthdays!! We wish Jersey Boys co-writer Rick Elice a very Happy Birthday today! How did the Jersey Boys project happen? Elice and Marshall Brickman were looking to do something together. As luck would have it, friends had arranged a [...]

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October 30, 2008

Brickman and Elice’s The Addams Family Scheduled for November ’09 Chicago Premiere!

October 30th, 2008
    Excerpt: reports that Broadway In Chicago will host the world premiere of THE ADDAMS FAMILY, a new musical based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, beginning performances Friday, November 13, 2009 at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph St., Chicago). THE [...]

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September 24, 2008

The New Masterpiece from Brickman and Elice

September 24th, 2008

    By Charles Alexander, Jersey Boys Blog Correspondent Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice had a problem. It was a pleasant problem, but a problem nonetheless. Would they be one-hit wonders? After writing a wildly successful, internationally acclaimed, multiple Tony-winning musical based on the timeless music of Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe, what could B&E possibly do [...]

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September 14, 2008

‘Turn of the Century’ by Brickman and Elice Begins September 19!

September 14th, 2008
    Excerpt: reports that the latest work from Jersey Boys writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, Turn of the Century, begins at the Goodman Theatre September 19 and will run through November 2. Turn of the Century, a star-studded romantic tour through time and the American songbook, is directed by the nine-time Tony Award-winning director/ choreographer [...]

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