April 15, 2014

Sneak Peek of Joseph Leo Bwarie’s Stage View’s Interview on Playbill.com!

April 15th, 2014

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JLB is featured on this edition of Stage Views on Playbill.com, a feature that has actors commenting on their recent theatregoing experiences, what productions they’re looking forward to and more. Check out a sneak peek below:
What production are you most excited to see?

I am in a unique position. I do not perform on Wednesday or Saturday matinees. So, I am able (and take advantage of that opportunity) to see friends around the Broadway ‘hood. Last week I saw an early preview of Bullets Over Broadway, and I am excited to go back after their opening to see what the final show turns out to be. As you can see, it’s the process that is always the most interesting and exciting to me. Still, next on the list to check out is Heathers. I mean, come on… it’s Heathers.

Click HERE for the whole interview.

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April 13, 2014

New Jersey Boys Movie Photo in This Week’s Entertainment Weekly (@EW)!

April 13th, 2014

JERSEY BOYS movie stars have been tweeting this fab photo today! Wow! is an understatement! So, are you guys starting the #JERSEYBOYSMovie countdown?!

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April 12, 2014

Jersey Boys Natl Tour Is Sensational at the Straz!

April 12th, 2014

Fabulous reviews for the JERSEY BOYS national tour production in Tampa!

Jersey Boys Natl Tour Company (Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel)

Jimmy Ferraro, BroadwayWorld.com: Everyone in the production is perfectly cast. Nicholas Dromard gives an outstanding performance as the egotistical, bad boy, and founder of the band, Tommy DeVito. Mr. Dromard struts around, commanding the stage with the gusto of a sideshow barker. He brings a challenging sincerity to the role, that clearly defines his riveting performance.

As Bob Gaudio, Quinn VanAntwerp gives a totally committed performance, as the loveable, naïve, newcomer to the group. Mr, VanAntwerp is honest and endearing in his role, completely at ease in his gradual transformation into the confident superstar songwriter. Adam Zelasko as “the forgotten man” and arranger of the harmonies, is charming as the bass voiced, arranger of the harmonies. His low profile portrayal is captivating in its simplicity.

Hayden Milanes is a stunning Frankie Valli. Mr. Milanes has it all! A beautiful voice with a soaring falsetto, good looks, fine acting, and a cherubic innocence, giving him a star turn in an unforgettable performance.

Regardless of your age, this production is engaging for everyone and the music will have you smiling from ear to ear. DO NOT MISS “JERSEY BOYS” at the Straz!

Stephanie Hayes, TampaBay.com: Milanes has a furrowed energy that gives Valli a nervous edge around the other guys. It’s a power struggle between the men, and Valli is the glue, intent on holding onto the values of the old neighborhood as everything changes. Milanes channels Valli’s falsetto in a sweet way that grows more confident as his character matures.

But the stomach flutters really come when the Four Seasons sing together. When Bob Gaudio (the boyish Quinn VanAntwerp) joins the group and leads them through Cry For Me, you realize each voice is just not the same without the others.

Dromard plays the unstable DeVito with smug pride and excellent comic zing. But the most quietly appealing actor is Adam Zelasko, a doppelganger for Don Draper who is at turns hilarious, dry and sexy as under-appreciated bass singer Nick Massi.

When the group finds its footing and signature sound, we’re sent on a exhilarating back-to-back ride through Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry and Walk Like a Man. Hoots! Screams! Claps!

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April 10, 2014

Jersey Boys Movie Feature & Insights from John Lloyd Young in PEOPLE Magazine!

April 10th, 2014
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John Lloyd Young (Photo Credit: Keith Bernstein)

People.com has a #JERSEYBOYSMovie feature that appeared online today, that includes some great insights from star John Lloyd Young! Below is a preview:

Warner Bros. is bringing the screen adaptation of the stage hit to theaters June 20. Clint Eastwood is the director.

Making his major Hollywood debut is John Lloyd Young in his Tony-winning role as Frankie Valli.

“To be making a movie in a lead role with [Clint Eastwood] as the director? I still can’t believe it,” Young tells PEOPLE, admitting working with Dirty Harry was intimidating at first. “He’s an icon, a very nice man and a very, very good director – but also real tough to read.”

While Young, 38, notes there will be some differences between the stage and screen versions, the changes are natural.

“The film is the follow-through of what you can imagine would happen when you see the show on stage: It goes deeper,” Young says.

Visit PEOPLE.com for the whole story & there will be more to come in the print edition of PEOPLE that will be available at newsstands tomorrow!

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April 9, 2014

Newsflash: Jersey Boys Passes 42nd Street to Become the 13th Longest-Running Show in Broadway History Tonight!

April 9th, 2014

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Big News from JERSEY BOYS: As of the performance tonight, Wednesday, April 9, the Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical JERSEY BOYS will surpass 42nd Street with 3,487 performances, becoming the 13th longest-running show in Broadway history!

Congratulations to everyone associated with JERSEY BOYS on this phenomenal milestone!

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April 7, 2014

Jersey Boys Natl Tour Plays Straz Center 4/8-4/13; Check Out Preview with Tampa Native Hayden Milanes!

April 7th, 2014

Adam Zelasko, Hayden Milanes, Quinn VanAntwerp, and Nicolas Dromard will be playing The Four Seasons at The Straz.

JERSEY BOYS national tour plays the Straz Center in Tampa beginning tomorrow through Sunday, April 13. Tampa native Hayden Milanes, who plays Frankie Valli, recently spoke with reporter Cloe Cabrera. Check out a sneak peek below:

Growing up in Tampa, Hayden Milanes joked around with his falsetto.

For the past three years, he’s used those vocal cords to belt out hit songs as Frankie Valli, lead singer of The Four Seasons, in “Jersey Boys.”

“I used to imitate soprano singers to make to make my friends laugh,” recalls Milanes, who portrays Valli in the hit Broadway show coming to the Straz Center on Tuesday. “Sometimes, the things you wouldn’t think matter lead you to a career and changes your life.”

Milanes says he loves how “Jersey Boys” resonates with the audience.

“The story and the music are timeless,” he adds. “The older generation feels a sense of pride and nostalgia when they see the show and hear the music, but young people also can relate to the story line: four young guys that dream of being rock stars, and their dreams really do come true.”

Click HERE to read the entire interview.

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April 5, 2014

Photo Coverage: Country Music Star Ronnie Dunn Visits Jersey Boys Las Vegas!

April 5th, 2014

Deven May, Graham Fenton, country music star Ronnie Dunn, Jason Kappus & Jeff Leibow (Photo Credit: Jersey Boys Las Vegas)

From BroadwayWorld.com: Country music star Ronnie Dunn, of legendary duo Brooks & Dunn, attended the JERSEY BOYS Las Vegas performance on the evening of April 3 and met with cast members after the performance.

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April 3, 2014

Throwback Thursday: The Four Seasons at WABI-TV Studio in 1962! #TBT

April 3rd, 2014

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Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi & Frankie Valli posing in the WABI-TV studio with local singers Hal Lone Pine & Betty Cody (Photo Credit: WABI)

Who knew that The Four Seasons visited the WABI-TV studios in Bangor, Maine back in ’62?!

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April 2, 2014

Listen to John Lloyd Young’s Fantastic Radio Interview with Alex Belfield!

April 2nd, 2014

Listen to this amazing John Lloyd Young Interview with Alex Belfield! JLY chats about playing the Frankie Valli role on JB Broadway, now in London, and of course, starring int the upcoming JERSEY BOYS movie!

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April 1, 2014

WFNY Video: Meet & Greet the Jersey Boys Natl Cast on The Good Morning Show!

April 1st, 2014

Wes Hart, Hayden Milanes, Quinn VanAntwerp, and Adam Zelasko were fabulous on WFNY’s “The Good Morning Show” today in Greensboro!

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Jersey Boys Natl Tour Plays Greensboro Today through Sunday; Check Out Interview with Rick Elice in JournalNow.com!

April 1st, 2014

JERSEY BOYS national tour plays Greensboro beginning tonight through Sunday at the War Memorial Auditorium. Check out this marvelous interview with the one & only Rick Elice with reporter Lynn Felder:

It was during that time that Elice heard from another former ad client who floated the idea of a script for the Four Seasons show and invited him to have lunch with Valli, the lead singer, and Bob Gaudio, the group member who wrote most of their songs.

Elice invited his friend, Brickman.

“We went to lunch thinking, ‘This is not going to amount to anything,’” Elice said. “But in the course of this luncheon, we said something like — ‘So, what was it like growing up in New Jersey?’ And they started telling us what it was like with 1,000 different anecdotes that were either astonishing or heartbreaking — and we found ourselves responding the way an audience would.”

The Four Seasons had the dubious fortune of being on the Top 40 at the same time as the Beatles and the Beach Boys. Sandwiched between the good vibrations of surfer pop and the glamor of the British invaders, they had a slightly grittier image, being from Jersey.

“The Beatles songs were songs about love that were written for girls. They were troubadours,” Elice said. “The Four Seasons songs were written about girls for boys and what it was to be somewhat marginalized.”

They had lots of hits, but not much was written or known about them — to some degree because they wanted it that way. Some of them had police records and rumored mafia connections.

Click HERE to read the whole interview.

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March 28, 2014

Oh, What A Gala Night at the Piccadilly Theatre for Jersey Boys London!

March 28th, 2014

Jersey Boys London Four Seaseons: Edd Post, John Lloyd Young, Jon Boydon, and Matt Nalton

JERSEY BOYS London celebrated their new home at the Piccadilly Theatre with a fanastic gala night! Visit BroadwayWorld.com for coverage of the big night!

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March 27, 2014

Jersey Boys Movie Update: Film Footage & Presentation by Clint Eastwood at CinemaCon in Vegas!

March 27th, 2014

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At CinemaCon 2014 in Las Vegas today, Warner Brothers put on a show for exhibitors that included footage from the upcoming JERSEY BOYS film and a presentation by the film’s director Clint Eastwood! Below is the scoop from The Hollywood Report & Los Angeles Times:

The Hollywood Reporter: When Eastwood took the stage to talk about his musical film Jersey Boys, he received the first standing ovation of the convention. “Nine years ago, it started in La Jolla, California, as a small get-together of actors portraying this play that they never thought would be anything,” he said of his film based on the Broadway musical, which follows the rise of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
The first footage for the film was packed with big musical numbers and, interestingly, the characters break the fourth wall by talking directly to the cameras. The story follows the group as they appear on American Bandstand and perform such familiar hits as “Sherry” and “Who Loves You.”

Los Angeles Times: Even old pro Eastwood stumbled a bit, though he had a better grasp on his material. The director came here to talk about his adaptation of “Jersey Boys,” the blockbuster musical now entering in its ninth year on Broadway. A production of the show has also been in Sin City for six years; Eastwood noted that on his way to Caesars Palace he’d had a seen a billboard touting its No. 1 status in town.
“So we got a lot to live up to, and I don’t know that we’re going to live up to it with the sound you have here,” he said, referring to the theater’s state-of-the-art technology. “This sound system has blown me clear out of my seat. Actually, it’s the first movie I’ve been able to hear in a while.”

It’s clear Eastwood is trying to keep the millions of fans of the Frankie Valli musical happy with his film, as the movie seems to remain pretty true to the production. The film has monologues in which characters speak to the camera, and the movie is lighted as if it were a classic movie musical. The picture seems likely to attract older crowds; with no recognizable stars to speak of in its leading roles, it’s unclear whether the film will appeal to anyone under 50.

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What about that last comment from LA Times: it’s unclear whether the film will appeal to anyone under 50. Do you guys agree with this? What about our JB Blog readers under 50? Are you guys planning to go see the JERSEY BOYS movie? Do you think the under 50 crowd who has not yet experienced the JERSEY BOYS stage production will head to the movie theaters this summer to check it out?

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Video: @JerseyBoysUK Cast Members Walk Like A Man to Their New Home at Piccadilly Theatre!

March 27th, 2014

Tonight was JERSEY BOYS London’s Gala Night at the Piccadilly Theatre! Looking forward to Gala Night updates, Jersey Style!

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Throwback Thursday: The Four Seasons Posing in Casual Attire in the ’60s! #tbt

March 27th, 2014
The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Mick Massi, Bob Gaudio, and Tommy DeVito

The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Mick Massi, Bob Gaudio, and Tommy DeVito

Does anyone have any idea where this photo of The Four Seasons was originally posted? An album cover? A press release? A magazine feature? I’m guessing it was taken around 1964. Does anyone have any details?

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March 26, 2014

Check Out #JerseyBoysMovie Blog Post on AwardsCircuit.com–Will the Film Succeed at the Box Office?

March 26th, 2014

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Blogger Karen M. Peterson has posted an “Awards Profile” about the upcoming JERSEY BOYS film on AwardsCircuit.com. She shares her thoughts on why (and perhaps why not) the movie will succeed. Ms. Patterson also speculates about the award nominations the JB movie might garner in 2015:

Why it could succeed:
The ultra-popular Broadway play won the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical, as well as Best Leading Actor in a Musical for star John Lloyd Young. In addition to its Broadway run and national tours, which regularly sell out, Jersey Boys has enjoyed extended runs in London, Vegas, and Malaysia. Audiences love the play, which will likely translate into a nice box office when the film is released in June.

With director Clint Eastwood and two surviving members of the original band as producers, this film is likely to be well-constructed and highly entertaining, while also offering some real opportunities for the cast to shine. Eastwood has a penchant for directing very character-driven stories, with successful films like Mystic River and Million Dollar Baby. He allows the stories to play out at their own pace, giving the actors a chance to grow into their roles, a skill that could be very useful in a story about four boys from Jersey growing into their own roles as celebrities.

Besides, Jersey Boys is a musical and musicals tend to do well with audiences. This could be one of the hits of the summer.

Why it might not succeed:
It’s a musical, and musicals could go either way. While they tend to do well with audiences, they don’t always translate box office success into awards success. Of course, there are notable exceptions like Chicago and Les Misérables, but for every success, there’s a Phantom of the Opera that didn’t make it.

Also important to consider is the recent filmography of Clint Eastwood, who hasn’t had a truly successful project since 2006?s sister films Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima. In the past couple of years, he seems to have lost a little bit of that touch that made him stand out as a director. There is also the fact that he’s never done a musical before and it could all fall apart under his direction.

Awards Speculation:
Best Picture
Best Director
Lead Actor–John Lloyd Young
Supporting Actor–Christopher Walken
Production Design
Costume Design

So, what do you think? Will the JERSEY BOYS movie be a big box office hit this summer? Why or why not?

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