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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
November 28, 1993 |
Sheldon H. Ginsberg, 46, a noted jazz musician whose compositions filled East Coast concert halls and the Broadway shows West Side Story and Kiss Me Kate, died of cancer yesterday at his home in Collingswood. Mr. Ginsberg, a major contributor to the jazz scene, played trombone, bass trombone, euphonium and tuba with some of the country's most popular musicians and comedians. He performed with Arsenio Hall, Dom DeLuise and Red Buttons at Atlantic City casino showrooms between 1979 and 1990.
May 27, 2002 |
Back in the late 1980s, when the Pet Shop Boys flaunted their anti-rock inauthenticity, Neil Tennant once justified a lip-synched TV performance with the quip, "I quite like proving that we can't cut it live. " That was long before the graying Boys - singer Tennant is 47, and keyboard player Chris Lowe is 42 - brought out the new Release, in which the dance-pop duo employs warm guitar textures and subdued grooves more suitable for listening to on the sofa than under a disco ball.
September 29, 2010
While the story told by "Jersey Boys" could pass for fiction, it pretty much portrays actual events in the lives of the four Newark, N.J.-area performers who sold more than 100 million records between 1962 and 1978. The group had its roots in the 1950s, when falsetto-voiced singer Frankie Valli (born Francis Castelluccio in 1937) joined forces with brothers Tommy and Nick DeVito and Hank Majewski to form a doo-wop-inspired quartet that was first known as the Varitones, then as the Four Lovers.