Official site for all the Jersey Boys shows, the behind-the-scenes hit musical about Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons. Playing now on in New York on Tour. Jersey Boys is a jukebox musical with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, and he wasn't involved in the creative process during tryouts, and only met the cast once the show had premiered. The cast starred John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli, Christian Hoff as Tommy DeVito, Daniel Reichard as Bob. NEW YORK (AP) — The guy who gave us the song "Big Girls Don't Cry" isn't tearing up over the imminent closing of the Broadway show about.
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Robert Spencer played The Four Seasons. Robert Spencer as Nick Massi. The musical is directed by Des McAnuffthe then-artistic director at La Jolla Playhouse, with choreography by Sergio Trujilloand music technical design by composer and conductor Deborah Hurwitz. The Broadway production had 38 previews. The Broadway production closed on January 15, after 4, performances, with Mark Ballas as the final Frankie Valli. The Off Broadway production, which is running at New World Stages in Midtown Manhattan, has the same script and score as the Broadway production, but four fewer cast members, a smaller theater and lower ticket prices.
Jersey Boys played at the Forrest Theatre in Philadelphiawhere it broke the box office record eight times before moving on to a return engagement in Boston. The creative team were the same as for the Broadway production.
Jersey Boys then opened in Auckland in April with the new touring cast. The Jersey girls were: Following from New Zealand, the same cast then returned to Australia starting a national tour - Brisbane, return season of Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. The show ran until June 30, This production features the songs performed in English and the dialogue performed in Dutch, making it the first time the show has been performed in a language other than English.
This production has the same creative team as the Broadway and West End productions. It opened November 22,at New World Stages. He offers to tell the story of the band, explaining how he started out with the group "The Variety Trio" with his brother Nick DeVito and friend Nick Massi, eventually discovering teenager Frankie Castelluccio and taking him under his wing, teaching him everything he knows "The Early Years: During these early years Nick Massi helped train Frankie to sing, Tommy went in and out of prison, Frankie changed his last name to Valli, Tommy and Frankie developed a good relationship with mob boss Gyp DeCarlo, and Frankie fell in love with and married Mary Delgado.
Musically, the band was still struggling and kept changing their name and sound but without any dramatic success. One day friend and fellow Jersey boy Joe Pesci comes up to Tommy and says that he knows a singer-songwriter who'd make the perfect fourth for their band: Summer Bob Gaudio takes over the narration, telling the audience that no matter what Tommy says, he wasn't plucked from obscurity by him, since he already had a hit single with " Short Shorts ".
How the Story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Went From Jersey Lore to Broadway Hit
Bob goes with Joe Pesci to see the band perform, and is immediately impressed by Frankie's voice. Bob performs a song he'd just written: They negotiate an agreement, though Tommy is at first skeptical that Bobby then still a teenager will be good for the band. The band eventually gets a contract with producer Bob Crewe but only to sing back-up "Backup Sessions".
They really achieved something, and they achieved something that was important to a lot of people. Elice and Brickman had juicy material to work with, but a two-and-a-half hour musical can only fit so much story.
What they needed to find was a form. It occurred that there were four seasons and four guys. One thing we noticed in talking to them and in talking with Tommy DeVito separately—the other surviving member of the group—and Bob Crewe, was that they all had different versions of the things that had happened. They would frequently contradict each other. Four seasons, each narrated by an individual that would contradict each other was a great organizing principle.
The cherry on top are the four monologues by each of the guys at the end of the show, just before the finale song; each man says their final piece. They ended up becoming the speeches at the end of the show. But we didn't know that they were gonna be at the end of the show.
We put them at the end of the show because we just loved the way they sounded at auditions. Robert Spencer, but they were half a group short. Hoff would go on to win a Tony Award for his work as DeVito. This time around he proved himself and went on to win a Tony for his Broadway performance as Valli. John Lloyd came back in, it was, essentially, a year later.
He came back in, and he had just, clearly, busted his ass over the course of that year, to be fantastic. He came in, and he blew us all away, and got the job.
Photo Flash: Frankie Valli Meets West End, UK Touring Casts of JERSEY BOYS
We weren't just looking for a singer, we needed someone who could really act the hell out of those scenes and really make an audience care about him. It is a Herculean role.
The guy sings 30 songs in the course of a show. He's on stage without a break for the entire second act. And you have to really train for it.
Week in, week out. Month after month, after month. Every person who plays that part is heroic.
Because they really live monastic lives.