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

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

Today’s 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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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,, 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 #028 - Ken & Kevin Dow, Peter Gregus, & Christian Hoff

Jersey Boys Podcast #028 for Sunday November 26th, 2006 has been posted.  This podcast includes: Christy's interview with Jersey Boys band members Ken and Kevin Dow; music from the Jersey Boys Thanksgiving Day TV appearance; audio from Peter Gregus' focus segment from ABC TV’s Broadway Fall Preview; and audio from Christian Hoff’s recent appearance on PBS TV’s Theater Talk.

Links mentioned in this podcast include:

Song segments sampled in this podcast include

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

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Podcast Recommendation - Good Night Burbank

The JerseyBoysPodcast was at the recent Podcast & Portable Media Expo (PME) 2006 and one of the video podcasts that seemed interesting and innovative was Good Night Burbank.

It is a humourous look at the TV news and reporter business, with production and writing that is appealing for those looking for a quaility podcast program. 

So ... check out Good Night Burbank and let us know if you want more new media recommendations!

Jersey Boys Podcast #023 - Interviews with Michael Longoria & Frankie Valli, The Latest News, Plus A Special Treat

The Jersey Boys Podcast #23 that was recorded on Sunday Sept. 10th, 2006 has been posted! This podcast has an interview with Michael Longoria, the latest Jersey Boys news, an interview with Frankie Valli, and a 'special treat' that includes some unique musical perspectives directly from Frankie and Bob Gaudio.

Song segments played during this podcast:

Links mentioned in this podcast include:

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Summary Of Latest Jersey Boys News

Here is some news that we have been following with regards to Jersey Boys:

Jersey Boys Podcast #020 - Tony Awards (Jersey Boys Wins Big And We Celebrate)

The latest Jersey Boys Podcast has been released (recorded 07-01-06). This podcast is all about celebrating the Tony Awards including a Super Fan interview with Gina who attended the Jersey Boys Broadway Tony Awards Party for the podcast.

The Jersey Boys Broadway won four 2006 Tony Awards:

  1. Best Lighting - Howell Binkley
  2. Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical - Christian Hoff
  3. Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical - John Lloyd Young
  4. Best Musical - Jersey Boys Broadway

We play the acceptance speeches from the Tony Awards for: Christian Hoff, John Lloyd Young, and Best Musical Jersey Boys.  And Steve conducts a phone interview with Jersey Boys Podcast listener Gina about the Jersey Boys Tony Awards Party.  Thanks Gina for attending and for doing the interview.

Songs played thanks to Rhino Records:

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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 ...