From: Andrew Warren, specialopsmedia.com
Date: November 2, 2005
RHINO RAISES THE CURTAIN ON JERSEY BOYS MUSICAL
Original Cast Recording From the Broadway Hit Tells the Amazing Story Behind Frankie Vallie and The 4 Seasons’ Rise to Fame, and Is Available From Rhino November 1
LOS ANGELES — Audiences are flocking to see Jersey Boys, the unlikely rags-to-riches story of Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons, four would-be wise guys from the Garden State who created an indelible legacy of chart-topping hits. Rhino Records brings back the musical’s best performances for an encore with JERSEY BOYS – THE ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING. The collection of stellar performances from the original Broadway cast is available November 1 at regular retail outlets and at www.rhino.com for a suggested price of $18.98.
Produced by original 4 Seasons member, Bob Gaudio, JERSEY BOYS – THE ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING features the cast performing the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s biggest hits, including the #1 smashes – “Rag Doll,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night).” The album also showcases the cast – John Lloyd Young as Franki Valli; Christian Hoff as Tommy DeVito; Daniel Reichard as Gaudio and J. Robert Spencer as Nick Massi – delivering stirring versions of “Earth Angel,” “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “A Sunday Kind of Love,” “My Eyes Adored You,” “Working My Way Back To You” and other early-rock classics.
Previews began October 4 for Jersey Boys, which is directed by Des McAnuff and based on the book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. The musical broke all box office records at the La Jolla Playhouse, beating out ticket sales for Rent and Tommy. The acclaimed production tells the story behind the rise to fame of four Newark, New Jersey natives who wrote their own songs, invented their own identity and sold 175 records worldwide before they turned 30 years old.
Formed as a street corner doo-wop group in 1955 by falsetto lead singer Frankie Valli, the group’s lineup solidified in 1961 with Vallie, Gaudio, Massi and DeVito. A year later, Franki Vallie and The 4 Seasons were on their way to becoming one of the all-time, best-selling pop vocal groups. For more than a decade, the group recorded dozens of hits featuring sterling harmonies that resonated with young lovers everywhere.
JERSEY BOYS – THE ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING
1. CES SOIRÉES-LA
2. THE EARLY YEARS: A SCRAPBOOK
b) YOU’RE THE APPLE OF MY EYE
c) I CAN’T GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT LOVE
d) EARTH ANGEL
e) A SUNDAY KIND OF LOVE
f) MY MOTHER’S EYES
g) SHORT SHORTS
h) MOODY’S MOOD FOR LOVE
3. CRY FOR ME
4. BACKUP SESSIONS
a) AN ANGEL CRIED
b) I STILL CARE
6. BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY
7. WALK LIKE A MAN
8. DECEMBER 1963 (OH, WHAT A NIGHT)
9. MY BOYFRIEND’S BACK
10. MY EYES ADORED YOU
11. DAWN (GO AWAY)
12. BIG MAN IN TOWN
13. Dialogue: A Little Trouble
15. Dialogue: See How You Handle It
b) LET’S HANG ON!
c) OPUS 17 (DON’T YOU WORRY ‘BOUT ME)
d) BYE, BYE, BABY (BABY, GOODBYE)
17. C’MON MARIANNE
18. CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU
19. WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU
20. FALLEN ANGEL
21. RAG DOLL
22. WHO LOVES YOU