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Review Of The Latest Jersey Boys News

As I am prepping for the next podcast, I have been summarizing the news since the Jersey Boys' big wins at the Tony Awards.  Here is my research ...

Des McAnuff Trades La Jolla for Ontario

Over the last week of or so there has been a lot of coverage of Des McAnuff leaving the La Jolla Playhouse as the Artistic Director: Mercury NewsSan Diego Union-Tribune, Playbill, Broadway, and BroadwayWorld.

According to the New York Times (confirmed by BroadwayWorld) he is going to be one of three Artistic Directors of the Stratford Festival - a classical repertory theater in Ontario, Canada.

ROCKERS ON BROADWAY Fundraiser on 10th of July 2006

Donnie Kehr, Peter Gregus, and Good To Go Entertainment have announced the 14th annual Rockers On Broadway will take place on Monday, July 10th at 8:00pm at The Cutting Room (19 West 24th Street) to support Broadway Cares/Equity fights Aids. Tickets are $25 at the door.

According to the press release:

This year’s benefit event and the show will feature 2006 TONY winners from Jersey Boys John Lloyd Young and Christian Hoff, as well as Michael Cerveris, Patrick Wilson, Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer, Donnie Kehr, Eden Espinoza, Greg Reuter, Kathy Brier, Des McAnuff, Tituss Burgess, and Micky Dolenz.  With Special Guests, The B-52's Fred Schneider, Manfred Mann's Chris Thompson and A Special Reunion Performance with Original Cast Members of "The Who's TOMMY". (All performances subject to change due to availability.)

Jersey Boys Cast CD #1

FYI -- "The JERSEY BOYS Broadway cast recording, produced by original Four Season Bob Gaudio on Rhino Records, is #1 on the Billboard’s Top Broadway Albums  chart and has moved up from #186 to #85 on the Billboard Top 200. reports the album is #1 in the 'Broadway & Vocalists' category." [Playbill, BroadwayWorld]

You can support the podcast by picking up a copy via this link (Jersey Boys Cast CD).

Jersey Boys Party @ The Hard Rock Cafe

The Jersey Boys Podcast sent super-fan Gina Gleeson Bentz to the Jersey Boys invitation celebration hosted by Dodger at The Hard Rock Cafe on Sunday night in New York City.  By all accounts she had a fabulous time.

Broadway World has their photos, and we have ours!  Check them out here!

We hope to post an audio recap very soon.  And we also have a special "Jersey Boys wins" video that we hope to post soon.

Jersey Boys Wins Four 2006 Tony Awards

Jersey Boys has won four 2006 Tony Awards:

  • Best Musical
  • John Lloyd Young - Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
  • Chrisian Hoff - Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
  • Howell Binkley - Best Lighting Design for a Musical


You can check out our April 2006 podcast interviews with John Lloyd Young and Christian Hoff via the links highlighting their names.  Best wishes to both, the entire Jersey Boys team, and also Howell Binkley for some "great lighting."

Jersey Boys Podcast #019 - Interview with Daniel Reichard and The Lastest Jersey Boys News

The latest Jersey Boys Podcast has been released (recorded 06-05-06). This podcast has our interview with Daniel Reichard, and a summary of the latest Jersey Boys news. The questions we asked Daniel in this podcast includes:

  • What is your favorite thing about Jersey Boys?
  • Playing the role of Bob Gaudio, there seems to be some similarities between yourself and Bob and the way you play the role, people seem to fall in love with the character and the performance. I was wondering if you had some thoughts or ideas on why that might be?
  • What was it like to meet Bob Gaudio?
  • Tell us a little bit about your past theatre experiences and how you got into the theatre?
  • What are some of the differences that you can see between the La Jolla Playhouse production and this one (that means something special to you)?
  • What is your favorite Frankie Valli song?

The following song segments are played in this podcast thanks to Rhino Records:

And here are the news links to some of the key recent awards (pre-Tony Awards) that Jersey Boys won that includes references to Drama League, Theatre World Award, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk Awards: Union Tribune, BroadwayWorld#1, Playbill#1, Playbill#2, Backstage#1, Backstage#2,,, and BroadwayWorld#2.

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Summary Of Recent Jersey Boys Related News

Here is a pretty comprehensive summary of some recent news related to the Jersey Boys musical and the cast members:

Additional members of the Jersey Boys production have also gotten some good individual press recently:

Lastly, two members of the original Four Seasons continue to get the recognition they deserve:

Sources: Jersey Boys Blog, Google Alerts, and Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons Yahoo! mailing list.