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 4, 2015 |
When Berry Gordy talks about the legendary record company he started in Detroit back in 1959 (originally Tamla Records, it became the Motown Record Corp. in 1960), he describes an entity transcending music. "My Motown is like a tree," he says with relish. "We go out on branches in every different direction. " The sounds and sights of Smokey Robinson's Miracles, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the young Michael Jackson, the Temptations, the Four Tops, and Diana Ross (Gordy's onetime, longtime paramour)
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.
December 15, 2013 |
The boys put it best: "Oh, what a night!" As a Jersey girl, I can tell you that Jersey Boys , the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, is a high-energy musical full of great songs ("Earth Angel," "Sherry," "Walk Like a Man," "Working My Way Back to You") and great voices. The show - a Broadway hit that won four Tony Awards and a Grammy for best musical show album - was last in Philly two years ago. I had a good time then, and I had a good time again. Valli (Nick Cosgrove has a killer falsetto)
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.
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.