November 20, 2011

JB National Tour’s Jonathan Hadley’s Reflections on Playing Bob Crewe

November 20th, 2011

Patrick Folliard has an excellent interview with JERSEY BOYS first national tour’s Bob Crewe, Jonathan Hadley. Check out a preview:

After four years playing in the Tony Award-winning musical “Jersey Boys,” gay actor Jonathan Hadley shows no sign of slowing down.

“My entrance line is, ‘Watch your mouth Toto, you’re not in Newark anymore.’ How great is that?”

“Today we’d identify Bob Crewe as a gay man,” Hadley says. “He dated women but he had boyfriends. What’s extraordinary to me is that these tough straight guys totally click with this sort of Paul Lynde type. They accept him for who he is — a talented and brilliant producer, manager and lyricist.”

Without Crewe, there would not be the mega-success and long careers. In addition to managing the group, Crewe wrote great lyrics, Hadley says. For instance, late one night while admiring his sleeping boyfriend, he jotted down a little something titled “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” The song was a huge hit, arguably one of the biggest pop songs ever and unbeknownst to most, it’s basically a gay love song.

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