Jersey Boys, the sensational jukebox musical (with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice) based on one of the most successful 1960s rock 'n roll groups, the Four Seasons, is coming to Jacksonville, this week as part of this blockbuster season of the Artist Series. The show will be performing at the Times Union Center?s Moran Theater from March 13, 2012 through April 1, 2012 for 24 performances. Join us after the jump for more!
The story dramatizes the forming, rise and eventual break-up of the original four members of The Four Seasons. The musical is separated into four "seasons", each narrated by a different member of the band. Act 1 comprises Spring (Tommy DeVito) & Summer (Bob Gaudio); Act 2 comprises Fall (Nick Massi) & Winter (Frankie Valli); each member has a different perspective on the band and his contribution to it.
The show opens with a performance of "Ces soirées-là", a modern pop-rap song that was released in 2000. Tommy DeVito then enters the stage, introducing himself and explaining how the song is a cover of The Four Seasons' "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)". He offers to tell the story of the band, explaining how he started out with the group "The Variety Band" with his brother Nick DeVito and friend Nick Massi, eventually discovering teenager Frankie Castelluccio and taking him under his wing, teaching him everything he knows. ("The Early Years: A Scrapbook") During these early years Nick Massi helped train Frankie to sing, Tommy went in and out of prison, Frankie changed his last name to Valli, Tommy and Frankie developed a good relationship with mob boss Gyp DeCarlo, and Frankie fell in love with and married Mary DelGado. Musically, the band was still struggling and kept changing their name and sound but without any dramatic success. One day friend and fellow Jersey boy Joe Pesci comes up to Tommy and says that he knows a singer-songwriter who'd make the perfect fourth for their band: Bob Gaudio.
Bob Gaudio takes over the narration, starting by telling the audience that no matter what Tommy says, he wasn't plucked from obscurity by him, since he already had a hit single with "Short Shorts". Bob goes with Joe Pesci to see the band perform, and is immediately impressed by Frankie's voice. Bob performs a song he'd just written: "Cry for Me" on piano, which Frankie, Nick Massi and then Tommy joining in with vocals, bass and guitar respectively. They negotiate an agreement, though Tommy is at first skeptical that Bobby (then still a teenager) will be good for the band. The band eventually gets a contract with producer Bob Crewe but only to sing back-up ("Backup Sessions"). Crewe insists that the band has an "identity crisis" and needs to make a firm decision on a name and a sound. The band name themselves after The Four Seasons bowling alley, and Bobby writes them three songs that finally propel them to stardom: "Sherry", "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Walk Like a Man". In the wake of their success, Bob also chalks up a personal first by losing his virginity. ("December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)") The band's success means that they tour a lot more, along the way discovering the girl band The Angels ("My Boyfriend's Back"). Unfortunately, the constant touring strains Frankie's marriage to Mary, and they eventually divorce ("My Eyes Adored You"). The band continues to enjoy chart successes ("Dawn (Go Away)") until after a concert the band is approached by a loan shark out to claim money owed by Tommy ("Walk Like a Man (reprise)").
The second act opens with "Big Man in Town". Nick Massi explains that Bob was so focused on the band's musical success and future that he couldn't see that the band had been in trouble for some time. Tommy's been racking up debts, and a forgotten bill during a previous tour lands the band in jail over the weekend, which strains things between Tommy and Bob. Nick observes that Tommy became jealous of Frankie's success and closeness with Bobby, and attempted to seduce Frankie's new girlfriend Lorraine. The two never confronted each other about it, but the old friendship was not what it used to be. When the loan shark approaches the band for the $150,000 owed by Tommy, Frankie approaches Gyp DeCarlo for help despite Tommy's insistence that he doesn't need it. ("Beggin'") The band, Gyp, and the loan shark come to agreement: Tommy is to be "sequestered" in Las Vegas where the mob can keep an eye on him, and the band will willingly cover all of Tommy's debts. The band continues for a while as a trio until Nick declares that he wants out. ("Stay/Let's Hang On!")
Frankie takes over narration, explaining that though he owes Tommy a great deal, he's aware that their relationship wasn't ideal, and he never understood why Nick decided to leave. Frankie and Bob find replacements to keep the band a quartet ("Opus 17 (Don't You Worry 'Bout Me)") until Bobby announces that he's never been comfortable in the spotlight and that Frankie should be a single, i.e. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. In his personal life, Frankie's relationship with his daughter Francine is strained and he breaks up with girlfriend Lorraine. ("Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby, Goodbye)") Frankie continues to have success thanks to Bobby's songs, and hits jackpot with ("C'mon Marianne") and the almost-never-released ("Can't Take My Eyes Off You") which Bobby fights to get airplay for. Along with the success of "Working My Way Back to You", Frankie and Bobby finally finish paying off Tommy's debts, and Frankie's life is good until his daughter Francine dies from a drug overdose. ("Fallen Angel")
The final scene is The Four Seasons' 1990 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, announced by Bob Crewe and reuniting the original four members on stage one last time. ("Rag Doll") Each member takes a moment to address the audience one by one, explaining their pride of being with the band and what they did after. ("Who Loves You")
"Ces Soirées-Là (Oh What a Night) - Paris, 2000" Yannick and Backup Group
"Silhouettes" Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi, Nick DeVito and Frankie Castelluccio
"You're the Apple of My Eye" Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi and Nick DeVito
"I Can't Give You Anything But Love" Frankie Castelluccio
"Earth Angel" Tommy DeVito and Full Company
"Sunday Kind of Love" Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi and Nick's Date
"My Mother's Eyes" Frankie Valli
"I Go Ape" The Four Lovers
"(Who Wears) Short Shorts" The Royal Teens
"I'm in the Mood for Love" / "Moody's Mood for Love" Frankie Valli
"Cry for Me" Bob Gaudio, Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi
"An Angel Cried" Hal Miller and The Rays
"I Still Care" Miss Frankie Nolan and The Romans
"Trance" Billy Dixon and The Topix
"Sherry" The Four Seasons
"Big Girls Don't Cry" The Four Seasons
"Walk Like a Man" The Four Seasons
"December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)" Bob Gaudio and Full Company
"My Boyfriend's Back" The Angels
"My Eyes Adored You" Frankie Valli, Mary Delgado and The Four Seasons
"Dawn (Go Away)" The Four Seasons
"Walk Like a Man" (reprise) Full Company
"Big Man in Town" The Four Seasons
"Beggin'" The Four Seasons
"Stay" Bob Gaudio, Frankie Valli and Nick Massi
"Let's Hang On! (To What We've Got)" Bob Gaudio and Frankie Valli
"Opus 17 (Don't You Worry 'Bout Me)" Bob Gaudio, Frankie Valli and The New Seasons
"Bye Bye Baby" Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
"C'mon Marianne" Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
"Can't Take My Eyes Off You" Frankie Valli
"Working My Way Back to You" Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
"Fallen Angel" Frankie Valli
"Rag Doll" The Four Seasons
"Who Loves You" The Four Seasons and Full Company
Jersey Boys is the winner of the 2006 Best Musical Tony Award®, the 2006 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Show Album, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical and the 2010 Helpmann Award for Best Musical (Australia).
Directed by two-time Tony® Award-winner Des McAnuff, Jersey Boys is written by Academy Award-winner Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.
Jersey Boys Musical Schedule March 13 April 1, 2012:
Tuesday, March 13, 7:30 pm
Wed, March 14, 7:30 pm
Thurs, March 15, 7:30 pm
Friday March 16, 8pm
Saturday March 17, 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, March 18, 1:30 pm & 7pm
Tuesday, March 20, 7:30 pm
Wednesday, March 21, 7:30 pm
Thursday, March 22, 7:30 pm
Friday, March 23, 8pm
Saturday, March 24, 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, March 25, 1:30 pm & 7pm
Tuesday, March 27, 7:30 pm
Wed, March 28, 7:30 pm
Thursday, March 29, 1:30 pm & 7:30 pm
Friday, March 30, 8pm
Saturday March 31, 2pm & 8pm
Sunday April 1, 1:30 pm
Tickets for JERSEY BOYS begin at $23.00 and are available at The Artist Series Box Office at 904-632-3373 or online at www.artistseriesjax.org. VIP seats are also available for select performances. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. For more information, please visit www.JerseyBoysTour.com or www.artistseriesjax.org.
The Four Seasons
PRESTON TRUMAN BOYD (Bob Gaudio) is so grateful to be a part of the Jersey Boys family! Tour: Young Frankenstein (The Monster). NY Credits: Republic (Liam). NY Readings/Workshops: On A Clear Day, Wallenberg, Hilltop House. Regional: Les Misérables (Grantaire), Singin in the Rain (Production Tenor), Oklahoma! (Slim), The Muny; KC Starlight. Working (the Mason) at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland. NFAA winner with Placido Domingo, Coral Gables. TV: Guiding Light. 2008 CCM grad. www.prestontrumanboyd.com
JOSEPH LEO BWARIE (Frankie Valli) has toured over 40 cities spanning nearly 4 years as Frankie Valli, including opening Jersey Boys Las Vegas & Toronto. A Valley Boy from Sherman Oaks, California, Bwarie is a member of the award-winning Troubadour Theater Co., an Emerson College graduate, and has lent his voice to countless television, film, and recording projects. Recent film: The Princess Diaries 2, Race to Witch Mountain (as Frankie Valet,) & Valentines Day. Bwarie has performed on the 63rd Tony Awards & 63rd Academy Awards. His recently released debut album Nothin' But Love is produced and arranged by original Four Seasons arranger Charles Calello. www.JosephLeoBwarie.com.
JOHN GARDINER (Tommy DeVito) hails from Edgewood, Kentucky. As a singer/songwriter, Johns CD The Way We Werent is available on iTunes. Before Jersey Boys, John played Timon in the national tour of The Lion King. Regional: Big River, Much Ado About Nothing, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Christmas Carol, The Tempest. Television: All My Children. BFA, Northern Kentucky University. MFA, Alabama Shakespeare Festival.
MICHAEL LOMENDA (Nick Massi) is honored to return to Jersey Boys, having received a Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination for his Nick Massi in Toronto. Born and raised in rural Stettler, Alberta, Michael graduated Sheridan College's Music Theatre Program. Favorite credits include: Hairspray (Corny), Grease (Kenickie), Miss Saigon, I Love You, You're Perfect..., Forever Plaid (Smudge), Footloose, A Chorus Line, Cabaret (Cliff), Guys and Dolls, Rocky Horror (Brad). Michael has worked as a director, music director, arranger, and voice-over artist. www.michaellomenda.com