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JERSEY BOYS PODCAST #031 - Tour Review & Frankie Valli Interview

The 31st Jersey Boys Podcast has been posted. Merry Christmas!

Today‚Äôs podcast has two main parts.  First, Christy and I give you our first hand review of the Jersey Boys Tour currently playing in San Francisco (Curran Theatre).  And second, we share with you an impromptu interview with Frankie Valli (picture) that was recorded in person on December 11, 2006.

Frankie discusses in this podcast's short interview segment his thoughts and roles in the Broadway and Tour productions; reflections on his current touring; and highlights some upcoming projects that are in the works. 

If you want to read more reviews of the Tour check out this link.

Songs samples played from The Four Seasnon's Christmas Album in this podcast include:

  • "The Merry Christmas Medley"
  • "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"
  • "Silent Night"
  • "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"
  • "White Christmas"

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More Positive Jersey Boys Tour Reviews (LinkFest!)

As we noted in our posts from last week (#1, #2, and #3), the Jersey Boys Tour in San Francisco is getting some great positive press.

Since those posts, there are more great references worthy of note:


Admin - Special Feature "Island of Misfit Geeks" For Jersey Boys Tech Geeks!

Members of FriendsInTech have put together a special Christmas podcast that should be out on Dec. 18, 2006 over at FriendsInTech.com

This original story and production highlights "Lucky the reindeer and his friend Herbert's adventure to find the Island of Misfit Geeks and save Christmas for Santa."

Here is the promo:


JERSEY BOYS PODCAST #030 - Christy & Steve Review Jersey Boys Tour San Francisco Preview

The Jersey Boys Podcast #030 recorded for Sunday, December 10, 2006 has been posted.

Sorry this took so long to get out.

This podcast is focused on Christy and Steve's thoughts about seeing the Jersey Boys Tour's last preview performance before opening night in San Francisco at the Curran Theatre on Saturday, December 9, 2006.

Thanks to John Lloyd Young for calling in to our listener line at 206-984-3836 and leaving us that introduction at the beginning.  Following John's introduction is an actual Air Force commercial recorded by Bob Gaudio.  Thanks much to our special friend of the podcast who sent that our direction.

Another special honor is the ability to play a short preview of "Come si Bella" by Tommy DeVito in this podcast.  Please check out the link to learn more.

At the very end of the podcast, we add on Part 2 of 2 of a recent radio interview with Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio from Ron Owens' KGO 810 radio program.

Song segments played in this podcast thanks to Rhino Records and Jersey Boys Broadway include:

My new MP3 player is a 2nd Generation Apple iPod 8-GB Nano.  I highly recommend it.

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Jersey Boys Tour Tickets Extended For San Francisco

The Jersey Boys Tour has announced an extension already to the Jersey Boys run @ The Curran Theatre in San Francisco.  Tickets are now available through March 25, 2007.

The next stop after San Francisco is Los Angeles with a scheduled run of May 25 - August 5, 2007.


Jersey Boys Tour Opening Night Reflections

The Jersey Boys Tour opening night in San Francisco was on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006 and it was an amazing experience. Christy and I had an extremely fun time, and we really appreciate all the kind words of encouragement from podcast listeners that we met.

The open night performance was very good. The cast was on fire, the band was rocking, and everyone did an amazingly top notched job.  The crowd was extremely enthusiastic and supportive.  It was also extremely cool at the end of the show to see the full cast on stage with Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Bob Crewe.

From what I've been able to tell from the reviews, the critics enjoyed it also: MercuryNews, Examiner.com, TalkingBroadway, TheaterMania, ContraCostaTimes, InsideTheBayArea, and San Franciso Chronicle, Several bloggers have also done some must read posts here: Eric Gutman, brooklynknitchick, EmilyStyle, LoveToEatandTravel, & Jersey Boys Blog.

From a super fan's perspective I can safely say that you will not be disappointed seeing this tour production in San Francisco (extension coming?!?), Los Angeles, Chicago, and places yet-to-be-announced.

Christy and I have recorded our review of the show and the wonderful Cast Party afterwards.  We also got a last minute interview with Bob Gaudio and Frankie Valli that we recorded before dashing off to catch our plane flight back to San Diego on Monday afternoon.

We will be posting both our 'last night of previews' podcast (preview blog post) and our 'open night' podcast ASAP.


Short Jersey Boys Preview Review

Last night, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006, was the last preview show of Jersey Boys at the Curran Theatre. Today, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006 is opening night.

As someone who has seen the show in La Jolla (three), and on Broadway (three), I have to honestly say the Jersey Boys Tour experience will not disappoint even the most harshest critic.  The four lead roles are done masterfully and with conviction.  Deven May is an irresistible Tommy DeVito. Erich Bergen nails Bob Gaudio. Michael Ingersoll captures Nick Massy. And Christopher Kale Jones dominates as Frankie Valli.

The talent of all the cast members and their hard work in preparation is very evident.  Christy and I both had 'wow' moments where even we were both taken aback by the professionalism and heart felt work to bring the Jersey Boys story to more and more people.

Kudos to all the folks working on the Jersey Boys - Tour and Broadway.  You are all doing amazing work, and it is quite an honor to be involved.

A new podcast with more details is in the works ... stay tuned!


Jersey Boys Podcast Meet-Up In San Francisco?

The Jersey Boys Podcast will be in San Francisco from the 10-12th of December 2006 to see the Jersey Boys Tour @ the Curran Theatre.

If there are any podcast listeners in the Bay Area that are interesting in getting together for a podcast meet up, please let me know at: jerseyboyspodcast@gmail.com

We already have one person who is interested so it will definitely happen. We just need to nail down a date, time, and location (suggestions?).


Jersey Boys Podcast #029 - Jennifer Naimo, Bob Gaudio, Frankie Valli, and Ron Owens

The Jersey Boys Podcast #029 recorded for Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006 has been posted.  This edition includes the following content: Jersey Boys singing the National Anthem at the New York City Marathon; Christy's interview with Jennifer Naimo; and then Part 1 of 2 of a radio interview with Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio on Ron Owens' KGO 810 radio show which is on in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Links mentioned in this podcast include:

Song segments played in this podcast include [all can be found on the Cast CD]:

  • "My Eyes Adored You"
  • "Oh What a Night"
  • "Dawn"

My new MP3 player is a 2nd Generation Apple iPod 8-GB Nano.  I highly recommend it.

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