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May 9, 1997 | By Jack Lloyd, FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
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May 14, 2014 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
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.
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January 12, 2012 | By Howard Shapiro, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 13, 2013 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
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.
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June 16, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
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!
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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.
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December 13, 2013 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
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.
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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.
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November 28, 1993 | By Wendy Beech, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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May 27, 2002 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
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.
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June 20, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
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.
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June 16, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
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!
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2014 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
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.
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January 22, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
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.
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December 15, 2013 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
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)
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December 13, 2013 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
December 13, 2013 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
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.
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October 9, 2012 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
No one was going to rain on Betty Paglia's parade Sunday afternoon when she began dancing in the streets. The South Philadelphia woman has attended the Columbus Day parade for 40 years and appeared a natural when Joe "Asti" Pomante, 51, captain of the Durning String Band from Barrington, took her by the hand for a few twirls along South Broad Street. Paglia, 66, and neighbor Millie Aros, 68, live near the parade route, which ran from Morris Street to Oregon Avenue and ended with a festival at Marconi Plaza.
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August 17, 2012 | By Howard Gensler
MICHAEL J. FOX has decided to quit loafing around the house and go back to full-time work. The 51-year-old actor - can you believe that? - is pitching a sitcom based on his life, and given his track record ("Family Ties," "Spin City," "Back to the Future," a best-selling autobiography) he probably has a good chance to get it on the air. Vulture.com reports that Fox has teamed with writer Sam Laybourne ("Arrested Development," "Cougar Town") and director Will Gluck ("Easy A")
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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.
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