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April 28, 2010

Jersey Boys is Coming to Majestic Theatre San Antonio

For all of you who are theater fans, you may want to plan your trip to San Antonio in conjunction with a performance at the Majestic Theater. Jersey Boys, a very popular show is coming this fall.

Jersey Boys is Coming to Majestic Theatre San Antonio

Jersey Boys Majestic Theater Performance starts on September 08 and Plays till September 26, 2010. Hurry up for these Jersey Boys San Antonio Tickets before they go on Sale.

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April 27, 2010

'Jersey Boys' In Las Vegas: Two Years Old And Better Than Ever

Last week end Las Vegas wished Jersey Boys a happy second birthday and the Jersey Boys thanked the city with a performance that was brilliant.

It is, of course, the same show that debuted here in 2008. Much of the cast is the same and the music is still fun to revisit. But this time it was different. I was not alone in believing that the production has improved with age. Several people who had seen it before were overheard saying just that. So, what was it?

Could it have been the presence of Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio at the show? Well, it was fun to be able to see them watch the show. Both seemed to be having a great time. But that wasn’t it.

Could it have been the sets and the theater? Certainly the theater is a nice one, built especially in the Palazzo Casino Hotel for this poduction. But there are other, more spectacular theaters in Las Vegas. Here. sometimes-odd sightlines and actors often block other actors but I guess that happens fairly often. And the sets are the same as on Broadway. Very cleverly executed.

Perhaps it was the audience’s enthusiasm. But, no, we’ve all seen shows and films that everyone loved and come away wondering what the fuss was all about.

If you haven’t seen the show, put it on your “must” list. If you have, go again. It is wonderful.

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April 22, 2010

Casting Announced for Jersey Boys, Performing at PPAC Providence RI

Casting has been announced for the Providence engagement of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, playing the Providence Performing Arts Center, May 12 – June 6. The cast of Jersey Boys will be led by Matt Bailey (Tommy DeVito), Joseph Leo Bwarie (Frankie Valli), Steve Gouveia (Nick Massi) and Ryan Jesse (Bob Gaudio) as The Four Seasons, with Jonathan Hadley (Bob Crewe and others) and Joseph Siravo (Gyp DeCarlo and others).

The ensemble of Jersey Boys includes Michelle Aravena (Swing), Candi Boyd (Swing), Sarah Darling (Lorraine and others), Christopher Deangelis (Swing), Tiverton, RI native John Michael Dias (Frankie Valli at certain performances), John Edwards (Barry Belson and others), John Gardiner (Billy Dixon and others), Buck Hujabre (Norm Waxman and others), Denise Payne (Francine and others), Nathan Scherich (Swing), Brian Silverman (Thug, Guitar), Courter Simmons (Joey and others), Ryan Strand (Swing), Kara Tremel (Mary Delagado and others), Mark Verdino (Thug, Bass) and Kevin Worley (Hank Majewski and others).

Jersey Boys is the winner of the 2006 Best Musical Tony Award®, the 2006 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Show Album, and most recently, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

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Jersey Boys Brings Excitement to Buffalo

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The Broadway hit “Jersey Boys” finally comes to Buffalo Wednesday April 21, 2010. 70,000 are expected to see the musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons during the show’s three week run, performing till May 09, 2010 at Shea’s Performing Arts Center , and that is expected to bring more money to downtown Buffalo.

Michael Schmand, Executive Director of Buffalo Place, says, “it shows if you invest your money, and I think with the city and Shea’s investing in the expansion of Shea’s with the hope of bringing in big shows, it helps everyone in downtown Buffalo.” He says restaurant and bar owners are excited to have such a show in town as well.

Schmand adds “Jersey Boys” could mean a new clientele having the chance to see downtown Buffalo for a night. “We have an unbelieveable amount of opportunities to experience downtown Buffalo. This only makes it better,” says Schmand.

Schmand says folks should feel safe and secure while downtown, and with “Jersey Boys” and other events downtown, “it’s a downtown people can be proud of.”

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April 21, 2010

Jersey Boys sets 3rd Box Office Record in Charlotte

Jersey Boys Sets New Box Office Record in Charlotte for the 3rd Time for week ending 4/18/10: $1,265,665.00

The Charlotte, NC engagement of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning musical Jersey Boys broke the box office record for the third time at the Belk Theatre, part of the Broadway Lights Series presented by the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, for the week ending April 18, its final week of performances. The hit musical grossed $1,265,665.00, breaking its own record set the previous week.

JERSEY BOYS began performances in Charlotte on March 31 and Ended on April 18, 2010. JERSEY BOYS will next play Buffalo, NY’s Shea Performing Arts Center from April 21 through May 9.

The cast of JERSEY BOYS is lead by Matt Bailey (Tommy DeVito), Joseph Leo Bwarie (Frankie Valli), original Broadway cast member Steve Gouveia (Nick Massi), Ryan Jesse (Bob Gaudio), with Jonathan Hadley and Joseph Siravo.

The ensemble of JERSEY BOYS includes Michelle Aravena, Candi Boyd, Sarah Darling, Christopher DeAngelis, John Edwards, Graham Fenton, John Gardiner, Buck Hujabre, Denise Payne, Nathan Scherich, Brian Silverman, Courter Simmons, Ryan Strand, Kara Tremel, Mark Verdino and Kevin Worley.

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April 17, 2010

Denise Payne: Buffalo Gal in Jersey Boys

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Denise Payne, Buffalo Gal in Jersey Boys

Denise Payne, Buffalo Gal in Jersey Boys

There are just three girls in Jersey Boys, which opens at Shea’s on Tuesday. Denise Payne, a native of Buffalo, is one of them, Talks about her show and Experience:

“I grew up on the West Side of Buffalo, near the Peace Bridge,” says Denise Payne. “I attended Holy Angels grammar school, Calasanctius, and Holy Angels Academy. Then for college, I went to Niagara University.”

You can’t be a Jersey Girl without also being a phenomenal dancer. Buffalo gave Denise a solid foundation. “I received my dance training at Betty Rogers School of Dance. That’s where Michael Bennett went as a child!” she enthuses, referring to the pioneering Buffalo-born creator of A Chorus Line and Dreamgirls.

“Unfortunately, Miss Betty has passed on, and the studio has closed, but she taught thousands of Buffalo dancers during her lifetime—and legend has it the lyric from A Chorus Line—‘up a steep and very narrow stairway’—actually refers to her studio. I knew that stairway well!”

Denise remembers Miss Betty as an inspiration. “She was so glamorous. When she was in her 80s, she could still wear leotard, tights, and high-heeled tap shoes. She was a Rockette. She was gorgeous!”

Denise actually did quite a lot performing locally. She did the MusicalFare production of A Chorus Line at the Katharine Cornell Theatre at UB, back when the company was called Summerfare. She did their production of Broadway 1960. She played Hope in a production of Anything Goes at Artpark.

“The group that I worked with that will be most familiar to the city is the St. Joe’s Swing Choir. I also did the musicals there.”

Versatility is a critical quality for a Jersey Girl, says Denise. “The three women in the show play 54 characters! I have 19 quick changes. Our wardrobe person is amazing—our costumes are meticulously organized and labeled with our photographs. Some of them are extremely expensive. I play Frankie Valli’s mother; I also play his daughter. I play the date at the church. I play the woman of the evening. It’s all a lot of fun!”

Jersey Boys opens Tuesday plays through May 09, 2010.
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The Making of Jersey Boys by Des McAnuff

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Jersey Boys director Des McAnuff talks about the making of a hit show

When Des McAnuff was first asked to direct Jersey Boys, he said, “No thanks.” The original treatment was a fictionalized story that sentimentalized the lives of Frankie Valli and the New Jersey-based singing group, the Four Seasons. It was a very traditional musical that made use of the group’s hit songs, and a Greek chorus of Jersey Girls. It all seemed very false, and McAnuff wasn’t interested at all.

But Rick Elice and Marshall Brickman, who were writing the show, really wanted McAnuff. Why wouldn’t they? The Tony Award-winning director had an incredible Broadway track record, and a talent for transforming promising ideas into hits. At that point he’d done How to Succeed… with Matthew Broderick (1995); The Who’s Tommy (1993 Tony Best Director; 1997 London Olivier Best Director/Best Musical); A Walk in the Woods (1988); and Big River (which won seven Tonys, including Best Director and Best Musical in 1985).

So Elice and Brickman courted McAnuff by proving they could change their vision to match his. They asked him for his recommendations, and made radical revisions to their treatment for the story. McAnuff signed on. The result was a Broadway mega-hit based on the true and uncensored story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, making use of an unconventional four-narrator structure, and the group’s music—from “Sherry,” to “Can’t Take My Eyes off of You,” to “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” to “Walk Like a Man,” to “Oh, What a Night.”

Jersey Boys won four 2006 Tony Awards including Best Musical. The original cast recording received a 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, and has been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. (The recording has remained in the top three of Billboard’s Broadway Albums Chart every week since it went on sale in 2005.) With the highest average ticket price of any show on Broadway, the New York production is among Broadway’s top grossing shows every week, even in a theater with a smaller seating capacity than most other musical venues. More than 8.9 million people have seen the show across the world, bringing in more than $800 million.

“My parents used to take us to Buffalo for weekend vacations,” recalls McAnuff, speaking by telephone from Ontario’s Stratford Festival, where he is now the artistic director. “I had my first shower in the bathroom of a Buffalo hotel when I was a child. I remember my father somehow got stuck on the interstate highway in Buffalo when it was under construction—we were in the car for hours. Then my best friend went to school in Buffalo, and I have always been interested in the work of [UB English professor] Leslie Fiedler, who wrote Love and Death in the American Novel and “Come Back to the Raft Ag’in, Huck Honey!” Buffalo has always been on my radar.”

It bears mentioning that McAnuff also cast Buffalo actor Stephen McKinley Henderson as Van Helsing in his Broadway production of Dracula.

“Steve is just such a wonderful actor, and with the character’s Dutch name and history of travels, there was no reason why he shouldn’t be African. I loved working with Steve.”

McAnuff’s interest in the Four Seasons also goes back a long way.

“When my family moved to Toronto, I was allowed to buy a record album to console me for the loss of my old neighborhood and for moving away from my friends. I bought Sherry and 11 Other Songs. I loved the music.”

This long-standing awareness of the group informed McAnuff’s sense of what Jersey Boys should be like.

“While the Four Seasons’ songs tend to be quite innocent, I knew that their story couldn’t be. There is a rough rock-and-roll edge to it. They suffered loss and conflict and run-ins with the law. I said that to Rick and Marshall. The first treatment also ignored the fact that the Four Seasons’ story can be told from the four distinct viewpoints. I told them that the show should have an unconventional narrative structure.

“I didn’t dictate how they should accomplish all that. But they took my suggestions, went away, and made them their own. That’s what makes a good collaboration. Their new treatment really blew my socks off. It was edgy; it was surprising. They wrote a terrific script. It tells the real story behind the success of the group.”

From the beginning, McAnuff suspected he had an unusual hit on his hands.

“We did it first at the La Jolla Playhouse [in California, where McAnuff was the artistic director]. At our first marketing meeting, I sat with the marketing and box office staff and said, ‘You need to be ready for what’s about to happen. I have a hunch you are about to get flattened.’ That’s exactly what happened. After the first week of previews, the entire box office staff and the entire administration was on the phones taking ticket orders. Our phone system could put 24 calls on hold, but we were still backed up. We had to get a new phone system.”

Jersey Boys has been a hit everywhere it has played.

McAnuff has a knack for looking at a script and giving it an original and compelling spin. He’s been working this magic with the work of William Shakespeare as artistic leader at the famed Stratford Festival in his native Ontario.

While Jersey Boys is headed to Buffalo, McAnuff is busy getting ready for the Stratford opening of Shakespeare’s As You Like It—the pastoral comedy in which Rosalind flees persecution in her uncle’s court and finds love in the Forest of Arden. This is the play that gives us the sentiment, “All the world’s a stage!” McAnuff’s production will star popular and charismatic Canadian star, Brent Carver, as Jacques and Andrea Runge as Rosalind.

“We’ve set it in the 1920s and are using the rise of totalitarianism in Europe during that period to suggest the court as a repressive place. The Forest of Arden is all palm trees—a place where love can flourish.”

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Jersey Boys Opening at Byffalo, NY

The Jersey Boys national tour is opening Tuesday, April 20 and plays through May 9 in Buffalo at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. Denise Payne, one of the production’s “Jersey Girls” is a Buffalo native.

Versatility is a critical quality for a Jersey Girl, says Denise. “The three women in the show play 54 characters! I have 19 quick changes. Our wardrobe person is amazing – our costumes are meticulously organized and labeled with our photographs. Some of them are extremely expensive. I play Frankie Valli’s mother; I also play his daughter. I play the date at the church. I play the woman of the evening. It’s all a lot of fun!”

Even with the thrill of touring in a hit show like Jersey Boys, Denise is excited to be performing at Shea’s. “Shea’s is a dream for every Buffalo performer. My family is still in Buffalo. My mom, sister, brother-in-law, aunt, uncle, two nieces, half-sister, and on and on. I keep telling everyone on this tour that they are going to love Shea’s and that they will love the Buffalo audience. Buffalo audiences are so responsive, so energetic! No city loves live entertainment more than Buffalo!”

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April 15, 2010

“Jersey Boys” Is Suing and Being Sued

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The hit musical “Jersey Boys” has been the subject of a copyright infringement/co-owner lawsuit, as previously discussed here and here.

Changing hats from being the defendant in a copyright infringement suit to “singing the tune” of the plaintiff, Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, and the playwrights of the musical “Jersey Boys” filed suit against “The Boys in Concert” tour, alleging similarity of songs, stage elements, and logos.

According to news reports, the plaintiffs are seeking an injunction against further performances of The Boys, $150,000 US for each of 10 songs from Jersey Boys used in the show, and additional unspecified damages.

Jersey Boys National Tour Update

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Here is the latest update on Jersey Boys national tour 2010-2011:

Up Next & Currently on Sale:

Buffalo, NY at Sheas Performing Arts Center: April 21 – May 9, 2010
Providence, RI at Providence Performing Arts Center: May 12 – June 6, 2010
Indianapolis, IN at Murat Theatre: June 9 – July 3, 2010
Des Moines, IA at Des Moines Civic Center: July 7-25, 2010
Louisville, KY at Whitney Hall: July 28-August 15, 2010

New Engagements:

Austin, TX at Bass Performance Hall: August 18-September 5, 2010. On sale April 22.
San Antonio, TX at The Majestic Theatre: September 8-26, 2010. On sale April 30.
Philadelphia, PA at The Forrest Theatre: September 30-December 12, 2010. On sale May 9.
Miami, FL: Adrienne Arsht Center — March 2-20, 2011
Tampa, FL: David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts — March 23-April 17, 2011
• Minneapolis, MN: Orpheum Theatre — April 21-May 8, 2011
St. Louis, MO: Fox Theatre — May 11-29, 2011

Look here for more updates.