May 9, 1997 |
It has been a long wait for Frankie Valli fans, but the falsetto-voiced singer is preparing to get back into a recording studio. "I can't remember when my last album was - that's how long it has been," said Valli, who last night began a four-day engagement at the Tropicana. "To tell the truth, I just had no interest in the studio. I've been hearing what's out there, what's being played on the radio. "I'm just happy I'm not starting out in the music business today. I would never make it. The music, the values today, well, none of it is where I'm coming from.
May 14, 2014 |
MANY'S THE former child star who winds up making headlines for all the wrong reasons - holding up a convenience store, spray-painting a historic landmark, suing his parents, getting carted off to rehab. But it's a "Beautiful" thing what's happened to Jarrod Spector, the onetime, made-in-Philly juvenile talent who broke into the biz at the ridiculous age of 3. And survived to tell the tale. Now he's a handsome and "relatively sane" 33-year-old and the toast of the New York theater scene with a great featured part and his very first Tony nomination in "Beautiful," the charming Carole King "bio-musical.
June 16, 2014 |
At the beginning of May, straight off a six-week return engagement playing Frankie Valli in the London stage production of the smash jukebox musical Jersey Boys , John Lloyd Young was sitting in a New York screening room. He was about to watch Clint Eastwood's film adaptation. And he was about to watch himself as the falsetto-powered front man of up-from-the-streets '60s chart-toppers the Four Seasons. "It's funny, because the stage version is very fast-paced, like a treadmill, one scene - bang!
January 12, 2012 |
Jersey Boys , which will end its five-week run at the Forrest Theatre on Saturday, set records when the national tour was here last winter - and now it's setting new ones. The musical, still playing 90 miles away on Broadway, has done very well since it crossed over the home of the Jersey boys and into Pennsylvania, with a record gross for the Forrest of $1,617,700 for a week of eight performances that ended Jan. 8. The Tony-winning musical about the singing group the Four Seasons with Frankie Valli began here Dec. 6 with an all-new national tour cast.
June 20, 2014 |
A COMPOSER IN "Jersey Boys" says he's moved to write music when he hears the voice of Frankie Valli, which he compares favorably to greats like Dinah Washington. In the ear of the beholder, I guess. There are others who think Valli sounds like one alley cat sexually assaulting another. Yet no matter what you think of the voice behind "Rag Doll," you leave "Jersey Boys" with respect for the sheer determination of the crooner and his band the Four Seasons. They had way more hits than you think they had, and stuck around longer than you think they did. How you feel about "Jersey Boys," the movie, is another matter.
June 8, 2012
Casinos Bally's Atlantic City Park Place & The Boardwalk, Atlantic City; 609-340-2000. www.ballysac.com . Legends in Concert. $32.50. 6/8. Karaoke Night. 6/14. Borgata Hotel & Casino 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City; 609-317-1000. www.theborgata.com . Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons. $55-$65. 6/8. Sting. $96-$196. 6/9. 8 pm. Harrah's Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack 777 Harrah's Blvd., Chester; 484-490-1800. www.harrahschester.com . Drop Dead Sexy.
January 22, 2014 |
AS A GOOD amount of snow is heading this way today, let's hope that Justin Bieber won't be passing through town. According to TMZ.com, Bieber and his posse were driving in Snowmass, Colo., on Sunday when his Escalade parade pulled to the side of a private road and Justin pulled out his privates and relieved himself. His aim was true. There were no leaks from any of his bodyguards. And, alas, no streaming video. When slack-jawed residents went over to check out Justin's handiwork, they saw that "JB" had been whizzed in the pristine white landscape.
December 13, 2013 |
SINGING passionately from head and chest and heart, with full voice and a distinctively soaring (yet macho) falsetto, has always come naturally to Frankie Valli. So recalls this one-of-a-kind stylist's longtime musical partner and friend for all seasons, Bob Gaudio. "The man just opened his mouth and that's what came out," Gaudio marveled earlier this week from Nashville, remembering his first "meet" with Valli more than five decades ago (1958) in Newark, N.J. "He's what I call an inside-out singer, a natural.
December 13, 2013 |
Theatrical dialect coaches believe that in an actor's creation of a character, the talk has to precede the walk - or, if you're a Jersey boy, the "tawk" precedes the "wawk" - especially if you're going to sing a "sawng. " And that means you need a dialect coach. Dialect coaches are like Henry Higgins, the phonetics professor from Shaw's Pygmalion and, later, Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady . They can tell where you're from at the drop of a consonant. Jersey Boys , the popular musical about Frankie Valli and his guy-group the Four Seasons, has been workin' its way back to us, babe, on national tour, and opens Thursday for a month at the Forrest Theatre, its third visit in four years.
May 1, 2007
EVERY TIME I turn on the news, there's another murder in Philadelphia. Born and raised here, it breaks my heart. An election is coming up, and everyone has a "solution. " They say there are no jobs. But you have to crawl before you walk. I graduated from college in 1972, and jobs were almost impossible to find. I worked for the minimum wage at Strawbridge's for two years. When they asked me to work on my days off, I was there. A great experience! Before leaving, the company offered me a position in management.