February 9, 2012 |
Fans ask Jersey Boys star Jarrod Spector one question more frequently than any other: "Is that your real voice?" The Philadelphia native will showcase that voice Thursday night when he takes a break from his falsetto-intensive Broadway role as pop legend Frankie Valli . He'll give a free performance in the Live from Loews concert series, recounting his journey to the spotlight. The stories, like the well-trained voice, are all his. In "Minor Fall, Major Lift," a 70-minute memoir in music, Spector will drop the accent he assumes for the Broadway hit about '60s hit-makers the Four Seasons.
June 28, 2007 |
The night of Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005, was a big one on Broadway, the opening night for Jersey Boys, the musical biography of the '60s pop group the Four Seasons. About an hour and a half before the curtain was to go up, everyone gathered on stage at the August Wilson Theater in Manhattan to participate in one of Broadway's many superstitions. Called the gypsy robe, it dates to 1950, when Bill Bradley, a dancer for the Broadway production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, borrowed a robe from one of the "gypsies" - the ensemble cast members, not the leads - on opening night and danced through the backstage area, blessing everyone before the curtains went up. The show was a hit, and a superstitious tradition was born, one with very stringent rules and regulations.
October 11, 1987 |
An obscure tale of Australia by D.H. Lawrence is one of the best bets among this week's new crop at the video store, but the big news is the much- anticipated arrival of a Disney animated classic. LADY AND THE TRAMP (1955) (Disney) $29.95. 75 minutes. This Disney film, the first animated feature to use Cinemascope, is based on Ward Greene's story "Happy Dan, The Whistling Dog. " The movie recounts the affair between a spaniel with a long pedigree and a freedom-loving mongrel from the wrong side of the tracks.
May 24, 1996 |
It's the same old stuff this summer at the shore. You've got guys in or near their 60s (Frankie Valli, Little Richard) and 70s (comedian Cozy Morley) as headline acts. You have old rockers (the Beach Boys) and old rollers (the Righteous Brothers). You have aging babe magnets, (Tom Jones and Julio Iglesias) and fading pop icons (Linda Ronstadt and Liza Minnelli). They'll appear in a casino lounge or theater near you, and casino executives couldn't be happier. They want the tried-and-true acts that appeal to their loyal customers.
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!
August 17, 2012 |
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")
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)
May 12, 2009
SEN. ARLEN SPECTER and wife Joan dined with Phillies slugger Chase Utley and wife Jen at La Collina (37 Ashland) in Belmont Hills after Sunday's game. The senator attends most Sunday home games. We're told Specter and Utley were gracious to fellow diners and said hello to those who approached them. Also dining there Sunday was 1340 WHAT-AM's JD , who was with his family. Out and about Frankie Valli celebrated his 75th birthday by performing at Atlantic City's Borgata.
December 21, 2011 |
WHERE would "Jersey Boys" be without the "Jersey Girls"? The success of the world-beating Broadway musical about 1960s chart-toppers the Four Seasons may ultimately depend on the individual and collective talents of the male actors who portray the four musicians from North Jersey in the tune-filled, rags-to-riches story that's on the Forrest Theatre stage through Jan. 14. But without Kaleigh Cronin, Natalie Gallo and Ruby Lewis, there wouldn't be...