July 29, 2010

Jersey Boys Is ‘Pure Joy’–According to Bob Gaudio!

July 29th, 2010

With the JERSEY BOYS national tour playing at The Kentucky Center in Louisville through August 15, Angie Fenton has posted a marvelous Q&A with the legendary Bob Gaudio! Here’s a preview to the interview:

Bob Gaudio was watching “The Deer Hunter” when the idea for something that would eventually take form as the Tony-winning show “Jersey Boys” started to take shape.

In one scene of the 1978 war drama starring Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep and Christopher Walken, several of the cast members drunkenly sing “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” a song Gaudio penned with Bob Crewe and performed by Frankie Valli in 1967.

“It left such an indelible vision in my mind seeing them singing, half smashed no less, a song I had composed. It was a tremendous impact and the first beginning thought that our music has another place other than radio,” said Gaudio, 67.

Years later, the project evolved into a musical documentary that tells the triumphant story of how Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi became the Four Seasons, a 1960s rock ’n’ roll band that achieved international success. The group ranks among the best selling music acts of all time and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

“It wasn’t easy,” said Gaudio, but when people began to hear the story behind the music of the quartet, “we saw it could be as important as the music.”

“I think ‘Jersey Boys’ is really pure joy,” Gaudio said. “It’s uplifting, it’s inspirational. It’s got its ups, it’s got its downs. You wind up rooting for the boys.”

Visit Voice-Tribune.com for the full interview.


  1. Many thanks to Bob and all the creators for giving us such joy!

    Comment by gladys — July 30, 2010 @ 7:43 am

  2. Bobby,

    I will always be rooting for the Boys! And “Pure Joy” it is and will always be….

    I am truly blessed to be Very well aware of it all right from the Very beginning.

    The Boys showed there “LOVE” in there laying out /each song that they ever did as The 4 Seasons & there beyond …

    Guess the best way to explain it would be listening to “HOW DO YOU MAKE A HIT SONG”….

    Love ya!
    Patti xx


    Comment by Patti Massi-Candeliere — August 1, 2010 @ 10:07 pm

  3. Saw Jersey Boys in Las Vegas in February 2010 and again in Toronto on August 1 and looking forward to the next time. Best regards to all the actors who are top shelf.

    Comment by Lynn MacDonald — August 2, 2010 @ 1:50 pm

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