‘Jersey Boys The Movie Behind the Scenes

The Jersey Boy’s had various names and members. In this scene they meet the “hit machine” Franky married 1 daughter was constant fighting over his last name. Valli/Valey. She thought she owned it. Spoiled richt teen bit older then Frankie.

Anyone here who never heard a hit?

Tommy the mob thief bandplayer manager is the part you need to watchcarefull in the awarded musical and movie ofcourse.  Bradrad generation same a Sinatra.

The story is magical. But Tommy was the one who broke it up starting day 1 debts. Franki still lives finally found his luck due to a deal with Drewe 50/50 the songwriter who wrote all their hits.
Sometime they play for fun. They saved and earned enough for a very nice life.

Tommy still plays to survive broke as he is. It started with 150k US and half a miljon taxes. Who knows in what sleezy placy is.

The movie is nice well played (all live) but you heared the 2nd Franki in the Dutch Musical. Matter of taste or good ears.

Wikipedia also wrote a nice story

Jersey Boys is not only a jukbox but also the name of the Jersey Boys movie, musical with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. It is presented in a documentary-style format that dramatizes the formation, success and eventual break-up of the 1960srock ’n roll group The Four Seasons. The musical is structured as four “seasons”, each narrated by a different member of the band who gives his own perspective on its history and music. Songs include “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Sherry”, “December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)”, “My Eyes Adored You”, “Stay”, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, “Working My Way Back to You” and “Rag Doll”, among others. The title refers to the fact that the members of The Four Seasons are from New Jersey.

For the film based on they scored pretty well in ards several countries.

The August Wilson Theatre showing Jersey Boys

The Big Tours when Valli and Drew had over 60 hits 21 international.
See the dates 60ties and breakthrough in 2006. Tommy’s money scams are the reason for it also recording delays wrong managers.

This band had it all to become multi miljonairs. Drew and Valli don’t complain. Just in time they seperated bussines from the rest. This list was fun.

2006 US Tour
2007 Chicago
2008 Las Vegas
2008 West End
2008 Toronto
2009 Melbourne
2010 Sydney
2011 US Tour
2014 Film adaptation
2014/2015 UK Tour
2016 Japan, Tokyo
International productionsAwardsTony Award for Best Musical
Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical
Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album

Wikipedia ( reads like a script but has many flaws.

The musical opened on Broadway in 2005 and has since then two North American National Tours and productions in London’s West End, Las Vegas, Chicago, Toronto, Melbourne and other Australian cities, Singapore, South Africa, The Netherlands and elsewhere. The Jersey Boys won four 2006 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and the 2009 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical.


Around 2000 Bob Gaudio, an original Four Seasons member, sought to make a musical from the discography of the band. He hired book writers Rick Elice andMarshall Brickman, and director Des McAnuff (at the suggestion ofMichael David of Dodger Theatricals). Brickman suggested creating a show about the band’s history, instead of repurposing their songs for an independent story the way ABBA did withMamma Mia!Brickman was drawn to the project because: “It’s a classic American story. It’s rags to riches, and back to rags. But Drew and Valli kept the rights

Little was known to the public about the group’s history prior to the premiere of the musical, because the magazines of the era didn’t write about them much. In their research, Brickman and Elice were surprised to find that the members had prison records, which might have prevented their music from being played if it had been publicized when they were active. According to Gaudio, “Back then, things were a little clean-cut, don’t forget, so the idea of our story getting out was horrifying to us.”[4] Other bands of the time projected street-tough images, but The Four Seasons cleaned themselves up in order to be palatable for mainstream listeners.

Brickman and Elice also used material from interviews with surviving Four Seasons members Gaudio, Frankie Valli and Tommy DeVito. Brickman noted that each member had his own perspective on what happened during their tenure as a group. Of the three, they approached DeVito last, who told them, “Don’t listen to those guys. I’ll tell you what really happened.” Elice said that getting DeVito’s version was a “eureka moment” and the contradiction in their stories ended up being incorporated in the musical for aRashomon effect. The writers were also contacted by family members of the late mob boss Gyp DeCarlo to ensure that he would be portrayed respectfully.

Although Gaudio was part of the initial development team, he wasn’t involved in the creative process during tryouts, and only met the cast once the show had premiered. Gaudio, Valli and DeVito had decided to step back from the show’s creative process because they lacked objectivity, and they left it to Brickman, Elice and McAnuff to take the story to the stage. Gaudio and Valli still had final say on whether to end the show if they didn’t like it. They never dit. Drew was ok with it.


Jersey Boys the last name they had over 12 before that due to Tommy premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse at University of California, San Diego, in an out-of-town tryout on October 5, 2004 and ran through January 16, 2005 Christian Hoff, David Norona, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer played The Four Seasons. At the end of the tryout, Norona, who originated the role of Frankie Valli, was replaced by John Lloyd Young, who had originally auditioned for the role of Tommy DeVito.

The musical began previews onBroadway on October 4, 2005 and officially opened on November 6, 2005 at the August Wilson Theatre. The cast starred John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli, Christian Hoff as Tommy DeVito, Daniel Reichard as Bob Gaudio, and J. Robert Spencer as Nick Massi. The musical is directed by Des McAnuff, the then-artistic director at La Jolla Playhouse, with choreography bySergio Trujillo. The Broadway production had 38 previews and is still running. It reached its 3487th performance on April 9, 2014, making it the 13th longest-running show on Broadway. Notable cast replacements includeAndy Karl as Tommy DeVito,Sebastian Arcelus as Bob Gaudio, and Ryan Molloy, who originated the role in the West End production, as Frankie Valli.

The first national US tour of the musical began on December 10, 2006, at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco and went on to play in 38 cities. Jersey Boys recently played at the Forrest Theatre inPhiladelphia where it broke the box office record 8 times before moving on to a return engagement in Boston.

In May 2007, while the first national tour continued (with Steve Gouveia from the original Broadway cast as Nick Massi), a second company debuted at the Curran and ended as an open-ended run at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre, beginning on October 5, 2007. The Chicago cast appeared on stage in the 2007 Emmy Awards in a tribute to HBO’sThe Sopranos. A special holiday return engagement played at the Curran Theatre from November 20 – December 30, 2007, starring Rick Faugno as Frankie Valli, Andrew Rannells as Bob Gaudio, Bryan McElroy as Tommy DeVito and Jeff Leibow as Nick Massi. The majority of this cast became the original Las Vegas cast, which debuted at The Palazzo Hotel on Sunday, May 3, 2008, in the newly built Jersey Boys Theatre. The show temporarily closed on January 1, 2012 and reopened on March 6, 2012 at Paris Las Vegas.

The musical made its West Enddebut at London’s Prince Edward Theatre in February 2008. The creative team were the same that brought the production to Broadway. Principal cast wereRyan Molloy as Frankie Valli,Stephen Ashfield as Bob Gaudio,Glenn Carter as Tommy DeVito,Philip Bulcock as Nick Massi,Stuart Milligan as DeCarlo andTom Lorcan as Donnie/Knuckles. The production won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Molloy performed the lead role for six years, making him the longest-running star in a West End musical. The production moved to the Piccadilly Theatre on March 15, 2014, the same day thatJohn Lloyd Young assumed the role of Frankie Valli.

The Australian production opened at the Princess Theatre inMelbourne on July 4, 2009. Principal cast members wereBobby Fox as Frankie Valli,Stephen Mahy as Bob Gaudio,Scott Johnson as Tommy DeVito and Glaston Toft as Nick Massi. The Melbourne production closed on July 25, 2010 and the Sydney production opened in September 2010 with the same principal cast.[26] The Sydney production closed in 18 December 2011 and the show opened in Auckland in April 2012, running through June 17, 2012.[27]

Due to the success of the national tour’s long stop at Toronto Centre for the Arts in Toronto, Ontario in Autumn 2008, a Toronto production opened on December 12, 2008 with a new, mostly Canadian cast that includedJeremy Kushnier and Jenny Lee Stern from the first national tour. This production closed on August 22, 2010, on the show’s second anniversary.

An international tour with an all South African cast ran inSingapore at the Marina Bay Sandsresort from November 23, 2012 to January 27, 2013.[30] The production then performed in Johannesburg, South Africa at the Teatro at Montecasino on April 3, 2013 and at Artscape Cape Townon June 19, 2013.[31] This company also performed at theZorlu Center PSM, the Performing Arts Center in Istanbul, Turkeyfrom November 13–24, 2013[32]and in South Korea from January 17 to March 23, 2014.[33] The same production performed an edited family-friendly version without profanity at Istana Budaya,Malaysia from April 15 to 27, 2014. This cast includes Grant Almiral as Frankie Valli, Daniel Buys as Tommy DeVito, Kenneth Meyer as Bob Gaudio and Emmanuel Castis as Nick Massi.

A Dutch production, produced byStage Entertainment, opened at the Beatrix Theatre in Utrecht on September 22, 2013. This production features the songs performed in English and the dialogue performed in Dutch, making it the first time the show has been performed in a language other than English. The cast includes Tim Driesen as Frankie Valli, René van Kooten as Tommy DeVito, Dieter Spileers as Bob Gaudio and Robbert van den Bergh as Nick Massi.

A national UK tour was launched in autumn 2014, opening at Palace Theatre, Manchester, where it ran from September 4 to October 4. This production has the same creative team as the Broadway and West End productions. The cast includes Tim Driesen reprising his role from the Dutch production as Frankie Valli, with Stephen Webb as Tommy DeVito, Sam Ferriday as Bob Gaudio and Lewis Griffiths as Nick Massi. The production’s tour stops include the Edinburgh Playhouse (Edinburgh), Regent Theatre (Stoke), Hull New Theatre(Hull), Mayflower Theatre(Southampton), Sunderland Empire Theatre (Sunderland) and New Alexandra Theatre(Birmingham)

Also in late 2014, a production tour of the United States performed in a number of US cities, includingDenver (10–14 December).

Synopsis (fun)

Act I


“Ces soirées-là”, a modern pop-rap song that was released in 2000, is performed. Tommy DeVito arrives, introduces himself and explains how the song is a cover of The Four Seasons’ “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)”. He offers to tell the story of the band, explaining how he started out with the group “The Variety Trio” with his brother Nick DeVito and friend Nick Massi, eventually discovering teenager Frankie Castelluccio and taking him under his wing, teaching him everything he knows (“The Early Years: A Scrapbook”). During these early years Nick Massi helped train Frankie to sing, Tommy went in and out of prison, Frankie changed his last name to Valli, Tommy and Frankie developed a good relationship with mob boss Gyp DeCarlo, and Frankie fell in love with and married Mary Delgado. Musically, the band was still struggling and kept changing their name and sound but without any dramatic success. One day friend and fellow Jersey boy Joe Pesci comes up to Tommy and says that he knows a singer-songwriter who’d make the perfect fourth for their band: Bob Gaudio.


Bob Gaudio takes over the narration, telling the audience that no matter what Tommy says, he wasn’t plucked from obscurity by him, since he already had a hit single with “Short Shorts”. Bob goes with Joe Pesci to see the band perform, and is immediately impressed by Frankie’s voice. Bob performs a song he’d just written: “Cry for Me” on piano, which Frankie, Nick Massi and then Tommy joining in with vocals, bass and guitar respectively. They negotiate an agreement, though Tommy is at first skeptical that Bobby (then still a teenager) will be good for the band. The band eventually gets a contract with producer Bob Crewe but only to sing back-up (“Backup Sessions”). Crewe insists that the band has an “identity crisis” and needs to make a firm decision on a name and a sound. The band name themselves after The Four Seasons bowling alley, and Bobby writes them three songs that finally propel them to stardom: “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like a Man”. In the wake of their success, Bob also chalks up a personal first by losing his virginity (“December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)”). The band’s success means that they tour a lot more, along the way discovering the girl band The Angels (“My Boyfriend’s Back”). Unfortunately, the constant touring strains Frankie’s marriage to Mary, and they eventually divorce (“My Eyes Adored You”). The band continues to enjoy chart successes (“Dawn (Go Away)”) until after a concert the band is approached by a loan shark out to claim money owed by Tommy (“Walk Like a Man (reprise)”).

Act II


Nick Massi, taking over as Narrator, explains that Bob was so focused on the band’s musical success and future that he couldn’t see that the band had been in trouble for some time. Tommy’s been racking up debts, and a forgotten bill during a previous tour lands the band in jail over the weekend, which strains things between Tommy and Bob (“Big Man in Town”). Nick observes that Tommy became jealous of Frankie’s success and closeness with Bobby, and attempted to seduce Frankie’s new girlfriend Lorraine. The two never confronted each other about it, but the old friendship was not what it used to be. When the loan shark approaches the band for the $150,000 owed by Tommy, Frankie goes to Gyp DeCarlo for help despite Tommy’s insistence that he doesn’t need it (“Beggin'”). The band, Gyp, and the loan shark come to agreement: Tommy is to be “sequestered” in Las Vegas where the mob can keep an eye on him, and the band will willingly cover the debt, along with an additional half a million in unpaid taxes that Tommy kept hidden from the group. At this time, Nick declares that he’s tired of everything and wants out (“Stay/Let’s Hang On!”).


Frankie takes over narration, explaining that though he owes Tommy a great deal, he’s aware that their relationship wasn’t ideal, and he never understood why Nick decided to leave. Frankie and Bob find replacements to keep the band a quartet (“Opus 17 (Don’t You Worry ‘Bout Me)”) until Bobby announces that he’s never been comfortable in the spotlight and that Frankie should be a single, i.e. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. In his personal life, Frankie’s relationship with his daughter Francine is strained and he breaks up with girlfriend Lorraine (“Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby, Goodbye)”). Frankie continues to have success thanks to Bobby’s songs, and hits jackpot with “C’mon Marianne” and the almost-never-released “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” which Bobby fights to get airplay for. Along with the success of “Working My Way Back to You”, Frankie and Bobby finally finish paying off Tommy’s debts, and Frankie’s life is good until his daughter Francine dies from a drug overdose (“Fallen Angel”)


Bob Crewe describes The Four Seasons’ 1990 induction into theRock and Roll Hall of Fame, which reunited the original four members on stage one last time (“Rag Doll”). Each member takes a moment to address the audience in turn, explaining his pride at having been with the band and briefly notes what he did afterwards (“Who Loves You”).

Principal roles and casts

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Musical numbers

Act I”Ces soirées-là (Oh What a Night) – Paris, 2000″ – French Rap Star Yannick and Backup Group”Silhouettes” – Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi, Nick DeVito and Frankie Valli”You’re the Apple of My Eye” – Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi and Nick DeVito”I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” – Frankie Valli”Earth Angel” – Tommy DeVito and Full Company”A Sunday Kind of Love” – Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi and Nick’s Date”My Mother’s Eyes” – Frankie Valli”I Go Ape” – The Four Lovers”(Who Wears) Short Shorts” – The Royal Teens”I’m in the Mood for Love” / “Moody’s Mood for Love” – Frankie Valli”Cry for Me” – Bob Gaudio, Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi”An Angel Cried” – Hal Miller and The Rays”I Still Care” – Miss Frankie Nolan and The Romans”Trance” – Billy Dixon and The Topix”Sherry” – The Four Seasons”Big Girls Don’t Cry” – The Four Seasons”Walk Like a Man” – The Four Seasons”December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” – Bob Gaudio and Full Company”My Boyfriend’s Back” – The Angels”My Eyes Adored You” – Frankie Valli, Mary Delgado and The Four Seasons”Dawn (Go Away)” – The Four Seasons”Walk Like a Man” (reprise) – Full CompanyAct II”Big Man in Town” – The Four Seasons”Beggin'” – The Four Seasons”Stay” – Bob Gaudio, Frankie Valli and Nick Massi”Let’s Hang On! (To What We’ve Got)” – Bob Gaudio and Frankie Valli”Opus 17 (Don’t You Worry ‘bout Me)” – Bob Gaudio, Frankie Valli and The New Seasons”Bye Bye Baby” – Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons”C’mon Marianne” – Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons”Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” – Frankie Valli”Working My Way Back to You” – Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons”Fallen Angel” – Frankie Valli”Rag Doll” – The Four Seasons”Who Loves You” – The Four Seasons and Full Company


The score for Jersey Boys requires a small orchestra with nine musicians: three keyboards, guitar, bass, drums, two woodwind players, and trumpet. The first woodwind player doubles on alto and tenor saxophone, clarinet, flute, and oboe. The second woodwind part doubles on tenor and baritone sax, clarinet, and bass clarinet. The trumpet also doubles on flugelhorn.

Critical response

Ben Brantley of The New York Times wrote, “THE CROWD GOES WILD. I’m talking about the real, mostly middle-aged crowd at the August Wilson Theater, who seem to have forgotten what year it is or how old they are or, most important, that John Lloyd Young is not Frankie Valli. And everything that has led up to that curtain call feels, for just a second, as real and vivid as the sting of your hands clapping together.”

Charles Spencer from The Daily Telegraph wrote: “Overpaid, over-sexed and over here, it will, I suspect be some time before London says Bye Bye Baby (Baby Goodbye) to the PHENOMENALJersey Boys. Benedict Nightingale from The Times said, “Oh What a Night. There were times when I felt that the performers were making even the Beatles sound somewhat lacking in musical texture. Quentin Letts from The Daily Mail said, “I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is a big thumper of a show with fantastic songs.

Recording and adaptations

Main articles: Jersey Boys: Original Broadway Cast Recording and Jersey Boys (film)

An original cast recording was made by Rhino Entertainment,Jersey Boys: Original Broadway Cast Recording (Rhino R2 73271), released in November 2005, which won the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. In February 2008, the album was certified Gold, having shipped more than 500,000 copies in the US. In October 2009, the cast album was certified Platinum, selling over 1,000,000 copies in the United States.

In 2010, GK Films acquired the rights to produce a film version of the musical, with Brickman and Elice to write the script for the film. By August 2012, Jon Favreau was engaged to direct and casting had begun. In November 2012 Variety reported that Warner Bros. had dropped the film plans, however, in May 2013, an interview with Four Seasons lead singer Frankie Valli indicated the film was still being produced and that Valli would be contributing to the casting of his character.

In July 2013, Clint Eastwood began casting Jersey Boys. On July 17, 2013, it was reported that the four main characters had been cast:John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli,Erich Bergen as Bob Gaudio,Vincent Piazza as Tommy DeVitoand Michael Lomenda as Nick Massi. On July 23, 2013,Christopher Walken was announced to play the mobsterGyp DeCarlo. Other characters that had been cast are Mike Doyleas Bob Crewe, Joey Russo as Joe Pesci, Johnny Cannizzaro as Nick DeVito, Donnie Kehr as Norm Waxman, Jeremy Luke as Donnie,Phil Abrams as Music Publisher,Freya Tingley as Francine Valli, Renee Marino as Mary Delgado, Erica Piccininni as Lorraine andKathrine Narducci as Frankie Valli’s mother.

The film was released in the United States on June 20, 2014. Now also on HBO.

Charity performances

The West End cast of Jersey Boys appeared as a guest act for the Royal Variety Performance 2008, which was staged at theLondon Palladium on December 11 in the presence of senior members of the Royal family. The Royal Variety Performance is a gala event held annually at a major British theatre, to raise money for the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund. In 2010, TheWest End cast of Jersey Boysperformed a show, with the profits going to Children In Need. The show ended with Pudsey Bearjoining in to sing a medley, and raised £60,150 for the charity. In 2009 the cast also appeared as a guest act for Children In Need.

Jersey Boys Chicago has been honored two years in a row at the Broadway Cares event for being the top fundraiser in the Tour category. In 2008, Jersey BoysChicago raised $220,000 for BC/EFA.

For every ticket sold for every Broadway performance in the month of October 2010, $1 was donated to the VH1 Save the Music Foundation. Jersey Boys aimed to raise funds to restore one full music education program in a New York City school. The show eventually raised $43,521, enough to restore the instrumental music education program at PS 85 in the Bronx. Plans were made to donate additional funds raised to a second VH1 Save The Music Foundation grant recipient school.

The Boys in Concert

Four actors of the original Broadway production, Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer, launched a concert tour titled The Boys in Concert in 2010. Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice sued the production, claiming that it “steals songs, stage elements and copyrighted logo” that imply that it is an authorized spin-off of Jersey Boys. The production was rebranded as The 4 Hitmen, and Hoff, Longoria, Reichard and Spencer counter-sued, claiming that the accusations were false, and alleging the use of “bully tactics” in an “effort to injure the livelihood and the reputations” of the actors. On September 23, 2010, Valli and company dropped the original suit, on the condition that the name of the performance is changed to distance itself fromJersey Boys. As of February 2013, this production is still active, and is named The Midtown Men.

Awards and nominations

Original Broadway production

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Original London production

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External links

Jersey Boys at the Internet Broadway DatabaseOfficial Jersey Boys WebsiteOfficial Broadway WebsiteOfficial London Website