JERSEY BOYS PODCAST #069 - Jersey Boys National Tour Update

Today's Jersey Boys Podcast show is a quick run down of the latest news and pointers related to the Jersey Boys National Tour.  Currently the National Tour cast is in Atlanta, GA.  We start off the podcast with music from the Broadway show highlighting the song "You're The Apple Of My Eye" written by Otis Blackwell, and give you a sample from the 1950s recording from The Four Lovers.

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Charlie Calello Podcast Interview - Some Great Four Seasons History

Jersey Boys and Four Seasons' fans should enjoy this interview with Charlie Calello on the The Frank Truth Show #117.

While this podcast is dedicated to Frank Sinatra, the Four Seasons, the Four Lovers, Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Nick Massi, and Jersey Boys are mentioned in the very early part of the interview.

Charlie Calello was a member of the Four Lovers and for a short time officially part of the Four Seasons.  He was also the primary arranger for huge percentage of Four Seasons and Frankie Valli songs and albums. 

There is also some great commentary from Charlie Calello in the Jersey Boys coffee table book.

NPR Interview With George Clinton Mentions Frankie Valli

George Clinton, who could be categorized as the Master of Funk, was originally part of the doo op band The Parliaments.  During this period, he lived close to both the The Monotones who wrote the song "(Who Wrote) The Book Of Love," and the The Four Seasons - who incidentally released a cover of "Book Of Love" on the Big Girls Don't Cry CD distributed by Rhino Records in 1995. 

These doo op memories of George Clinton come compliments of an interviewed on NPR. According to the interview, his band The Monotones, and members of the Four Seasons (probably before they were called Four Seasons) competed against each other in local New Jersey battle of the band contests. 

Jersey Boys News Review - Sunday, February 1, 2009

Here are some top Jersey Boys news items we are tracking:

WLIT Radio Interview Of Jersey Boys Chicago Cast Posted To YouTube

Mike over at the Jersey Boys Forum notes that Chicago WLIT's Melissa Forman recently had the "Chicago company of JERSEY BOYS in the studio to discuss the new block of tickets that went on-sale to the public Friday, January 23 at 10 a.m. for performances April 14 through July 12, 2009.

Here is Part 1 via You Tube:

Here is Part 2 via You Tube:

JERSEY BOYS PODCAST #065 - Interview with J. Robert Spencer

Jrspencerlaughingoct07 Today's Jersey Boys Podcast #065 (produced on Wednesday, September 3, 2008) has a single focus - a great phone interview with Jersey Boys Broadway's J. Robert Spencer who plays the role of original Four Season Nick Massi. This interview was recorded on Friday, August 29, 2008.

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After listening to this interview you will get all the details on Bobby's current plans with Jersey Boys, and an in-depth update on all the projects he has been working on in conjunction with Jersey Boys plus a run down on his plans for the next couple of months.  Links mentioned with regards to the interview:

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JERSEY BOYS PODCAST #063 - Tribute To John Altieri, Review of Jersey Boys Las Vegas, & Interview with Eric Gutman

Jblvwaterfall The 63rd edition (recorded on 5/11/08 - Happy Mother's Day!) of the Jersey Boys Podcast has been posted.   This podcast includes: a tribute to the late John Altieri; a review of Jersey Boys Las Vegas with highlights of the Opening Night Party on May 3, 2008 at the Palazzo Resort and Casino; and an interview with Jersey Boys 1st National Tour & Broadway member Eric Gutman.

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We also bring you the new announcement for Jersey Boys Radio, a 24/7 streaming music station on the Internet for Jersey Boys and Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons fans.  Other topics discussed include:

Additional links with coverage related to Jersey Boys Las Vegas: TheStripPodcast (206.424.4737); USA Today; Newsblaze; Las Vegas Weekly; Erich Bergen on KVVU TV; Broadway World; Daily Mail; Las Vegas Sun; Vegas Stripping; Celebrity News 24/7; LA Times; The Star; Theater Dogs; The Star; Las Vegas Review Journal; BrightCove; Las Vegas Weekly; and Kathy Johnstone's pictures from Jersey Boys Las Vegas Open Night.

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Very Sad News With Regards To John Altieri

Christyjohnsfopeningnight It is with significant sadness that the Jersey Boys Podcast has to share the news with our listeners that John Altieri, one of the most caring cast members of Jersey Boys 1st National Tour & Las Vegas, has passed away.  We just interviewed him on Thanksgiving Day 2007 in Orange County, and we were planning to see him at the opening night of Jersey Boys Las Vegas this past weekend.  Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, cast members, fans, and all those that knew him.  He will be missed.

Here are some additional memorials:

*NOTE: The picture attached to this blog post is with John with Christy taken in Dec. 2006 in San Francisco's Jersey Boys opening night party.

UPDATE (5/9/08): BroadwayWorld has more details on John's death and how you can contact his family. Backstage and TheaterMania also have coverage.

JERSEY BOYS PODCAST #062 - Interview With Original Four Season Tommy DeVito (Part 4 of 4) Plus News Update

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Tommyguitar The 62nd edition (recorded on 4/22/08) of the Jersey Boys Podcast has been posted.   This podcast includes Part 4 of 4 of our interview with original Four Season member Tommy DeVito.  The previous parts have been posted here: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. The picture to the left is from 1968 with Tommy reportedly getting started with "Italian Cowboy" as Frankie starts to laugh and Bob Guadio looks like he'd like to be anywhere but on stage.

Music samples (thanks to Rhino Records) played in this podcast includes:

In addition to the interview, we cover the latest Jersey Boys news related to: Broadway, London, Chicago, Las Vegas, 1st National Tour, and Australia.  Links mentioned during the news section includes:

In addition to the links mentioned in the news section, the following links were mentioned in the announcements section:

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Jersey Boys Quiz and J. Robert Spencer Videos

Here are two quick pointers for Jersey Boys Podcast fans: