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Jersey Boys Podcast #017 - Review of the Broadyway Show and Interview with J. Robert Spencer

Today we are posting (Jersey Boys Podcast #17 for Friday, April 28, 2006) the second of our in-person interviews that my wife Christy and I recently recorded during our fabulous trip New York City in early April 2006. But before we get to the interview we play our personal "review" of Jersey Boys Broadway, and then the interview with J. Robert Spencer who plays Nick Massi in the Broadway production of Jersey Boys (he also played the same role in the La Jolla Playhouse production).

Make sure you listen all the way through and learn about our upcoming fan give-a-way contest that will end on May 5, 2006. Key clue: Get on the Jersey Boys Podcast Frappr Map!

Questions asked to J. Robert Spencer: What is your favorite thing about Jersey Boys?  What is the difference between playing La Jolla vice New York City?  How is New York City treating you? This is your second Broadway show, what was your first? What is it like to play Nick Massi? Do you have a "extreme" fan story?

Additional links mentioned:

Song segments played thanks to Rhino Records:

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(Size: 14-MBs, Time: 30:24)


Jersey Boys And Des McAnuff Win Drama League Awards

The Drama League will be awarding Des McAnuff with a "Julia Hansen Award for Excellence in Directing" for Jersey Boys.

And the Jersey Boys will be in the running for a "Distinguished Productions of a Musical" award.

In addition, both Christian Hoff and John Lloyd Young are in the running for "The Distinguished Performance Award".

The 72nd Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony and Luncheon will take place on Friday, May 5, 2006 (Noon) at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square. [broadwayworld.com]


Some Jersey Boys Related News

SeattlePI - "Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will be performing July 15, 2006 at the 2,500-seat Tulalip Amphitheatre. The venue north of Marysville features indoor food concessions (including traditional salmon-bake dinner) as well as beer and wine garden."

Broadway World - "Des MacAnuff (director of Jersey Boys) has a new endeavor starting in San Diego called Zhivago, the new musical based the epic Boris Pasternak novel, which will run from May 9th through June 24th at the La Jolla Playhouse's Mandell Weiss Theatre.  The musical will open on May 25th. Part of the cast for Zhivago includes Melissa Hoff who is married to Christian Hoff (who plays Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys)."

And FoxNews.com Roger Friedman writes:

Broadway is about to have a very weird couple of weeks leading up to the Tony deadline. Some shows, like "The Drowsy Chaperone" and "The Threepenny Opera," are warmly anticipated. Others are not. So far, “Jersey Boys” looks like far and away the winner of the year — and deservedly so. And it does seem that "Grey Gardens," which opened off-Broadway, is the big story of the spring, even if it’s not eligible for the Tony awards.

Susie at Jersey Boys Blog recently noted on the Yahoo! Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons mailing list that on YouTube.com you can see a B&W version of Big Girls Don't Cry.

Also ... it looks like the Beattles are planning to be part of a Las Vegas production that will use "new" music?


Jersey Boys Podcast #016 - Interview with John Lloyd Young

Today's show (Jersey Boys Podcast #016 for Saturday, April 15, 2006) is the first in several in-person interviews my wife Christy and I recorded during our very recent trip to New York City. 

The first interview is with John Lloyd Young who plays Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys Broadway.

Questions include: What is your favorite thing about Jersey Boys? What is your routine like? How did you get started in theatre? What are some your goals as an actor? What are some of your challenges with being successful?

Song segments played thanks to Rhino Records:

Other Links mentioned in the podcast:

We also discuss briefly:

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Support Broadway Cares by sending a donation to John Lloyd Young, c/o JERSEY BOYS, August Wilson Theatre, 245 W. 52nd  Street, New York, NY 10019.

(Size: 19.7-MBs, Time: 42:59)


What Is The Bother About Doubling?!?

NY Post has an article by Michael Riedel on some reported "doubling" of some songs in Jersey BoysJohn Lloyd Young has posted a response detailing the "doubling" endeavors underway with Jersey Boys on his blog.  There is also some interesting analysis from The Stage Online (out of the UK).

The official response is:

"The authors of JERSEY BOYS require any actor playing Frankie Valli (not specifically John Lloyd Young) and other featured actors in the show to have a second voice accompany them at certain moments during the show to recreate the authentic sound of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
The multiple voice technique was pioneered on the original Four Seasons records, and is talked about and explained in the show as part of the story of JERSEY BOYS!
Everything in JERSEY BOYS is sung live. Everyone who appears to be singing on-stage is singing live. There are no tapes or click tracks. Accompanying vocals are performed by members of the cast singing on or off stage."

My own personal opinion is that if it was good enough for Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons, then it is good enough for Jersey Boys.   And I don't think it takes away at all from anyone's personal performance.  Everyone is doing a fabulous job and giving 100% effort show after show.


Jersey Boys Podcast #015 - The Latest News and Listener Feedback

The Jersey Boys Podcast #15 for Monday, April 3rd 2006 has been officially released. This podcast has the latest news specific to the Jersey Boys Broadway, and fan listener feedback. The following links were mentioned in this podcast:

The song segments sampled in this podcast include (thanks Rhino Records!):

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Support Broadway Cares by sending a donation to John Lloyd Young, c/o JERSEY BOYS, August Wilson Theatre, 245 W. 52nd  Street, 10019.

(Size: 7.7-MBs, Time: 16:52)