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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(Size: 12.5-MBs, Time: 27:07)

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)

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 #013 - Feedback, Media News, and People Pointers

Things continue to be very busy for the Jersey Boys Podcast and for the Jersey Boys Broadway show.

Today's podcast has some listener feedback, a summary of recents news specific to the Jersey Boys Broadway, and then some pointers to some people specific news reports worth reading about on the Internet about the Cast of Jersey Boys Broadway plus other key members of the production; and also a couple of pointers to news about The 4 Seasons specifically Mr. Valli.

Links mentioned in this podcast include:

Birthday and calendar events to track for a potential DIY Jersey Boys / Frankie Valli & Four Seasons calendar:

  • Frankie Valli: May 4, 1934 or May 3, 1937
  • Bob Crewe: Nov 12, 1931
  • Bob Gaudio: 17 November 1942
  • Tommy Devito: June 19, 1928
  • Nick Massi (born: September 19, 1935 - December 24, 2000)

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

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Jersey Boys Podcast #012 - Fan Thanks, Reflections, LA Times Review, 4 Lovers

The latest Jersey Boys Podcast has been released. Sorry this podcast took so long to get out.

This podcast is all about feedback.  We have been getting a lot of great feedback and I wanted to relay some of that back out to the community and personally thank everyone for their awesome support. Additionally we also discuss: a vivid memories reflection by Dennis B of New York; Super Fan Margaret's thoughts about The 4 Seasons; and Christy has an audio review of an LA Times review of the Jersey Boys musical.

Links mentioned in this podcast:

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

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End Of The Year Jersey Boys Link Fest

I thought the two weeks between Christmas and New Year were going to be slow news weeks for Jersey Boys and Frankie Vali and The 4 Seasons.  Boy was I wrong ...

Jersey Boys has been highlighted in several best of lists or reviews for 2005 (must see in 2006): Playbill#1, HearldNet, UPI, NY1, Playbill#2,,, NY Daily News, NewsDay, NY Times (registration required), USA Today, and Epoch Times.

Several cast and staff members have had articles focused on them: Sergio Trujillo, J. Robert Spencer, John Lloyd Young (audio), Michael Longoria, Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice,   There were also Jersey Boys segments that recent aired with Cathie Lee Gifford on the "The Insider" via Entertainment Tonight and Theater Talk.

In addition,, Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons will be playing Atlantic City Caesars on Feb. 24 & 25, 2006. []  Frankie was also recently on XM Broadway Channel 28 for an interview, and with Phlash Phelps on XM Channel 6 or DirecTV Channel 803.

Whew .... Happy 2006!

Jersey Boys Podcast #008 - Reviews, Listener Feedback, and Q&A

Jersey Boys Podcast #8 for Thursday, December 29th, 2005 is broken down into three parts: listener feedback; news segment from my wife Christy where she covers an article from Seattle-Times; and a Q&A using content from with Des McAnuff, John Lloyd Young, and J. Robert Spencer. Our signed Jersey Boys Cast CD give-a-way ends 01Jan06.  Call 206-337-0948 or send in email.

You can help the podcast by writing a review for the podcast on:iTunes, Yahoo, PodcastPickle, and/or Podcast Alley.

Links mentioned in this podcast:

Song segments played thanks to Rhino Records:

Techology podcasts recommended:

Jersey Boys Podcast #007 - News via Christy's Corner Plus Q&A with Bob Gaudio and Frankie Valli

We have released our 7th Jersey Boys Podcast (published for December 21, 2005). This podcast has a news segment from my wife Christy where she covers two news articles about the Jersey Boys Broadway production, and then I have a short segment taken from the recent Bob Gaudio interview with Rhino Records Podcast; plus a short recent audio segment captured from when Frankie Valli and the main cast: John Lloyd Young, J. Robert Spencer, Christian Hoff, and Daniel Reichard were on CNN.

We have extended our free Jersey Boys Cast CD contest because we now have a signed cast CD from Jersey  Boys Broadway to give away. You can get entered to win by calling 206-337-0948, or send in an email comment to: before January 1  2006.  Let's know what you think of the musical or the podcast!

Links mentioned in this show:

Questions asked during the show (email or call in 206-337-0948 an answer):

  • Who is the person with the last names "Williams" who wrote the song "Stay"?
  • Does anyone have any more information about "THE BOOK" that the Jersey Boys Broadway production is based on written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice?

You can help the podcast by writing a review for the podcast on:

Song segments played during the podcast thanks to Rhino Records:

More Jersey Boys Reviews

The Jersey Boys reviews continue to roll in: