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Don't let the title fool you. It's not just for kids! Hit songs like "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," "Walk Like A Man," and "Oh, What A Night" will captivate all ears and bring smiles to listeners of all ages. Bob Gaudio, who was an original member of The 4 Seasons and the group's chief songwriter, won a Grammy Award for the remarkable Jersey Boys - Original Broadway Cast Recording. His daughter Danielle Gaudio-Lalehzar, wanting her own children - and all children - to share in the Jersey Boys experience, persuaded her father to refashion his hit songs into new versions intended for babies and kids. Each arrangement has its own signature sound, which gives this new release a unique quality.
Jersey Boys: Original Broadway Cast Recording is the Grammy-winning cast album for the Broadway musical Jersey Boys, the story ofFrankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The album was produced by original Four Season, Bob Gaudio. Principal vocals include Christian Hoff as "Tommy DeVito," Daniel Reichard as "Bob Gaudio," J. Robert Spencer as "Nick Massi" and John Lloyd Young as lead-singer "Frankie Valli." It was released November 1, 2005 by Rhino Entertainment and reached number eighty-five on the Billboard 200. In February 2008, the album was certified Gold, having sold more than 500,000 copies in the US.
Jersey Boys won four 2006 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Actor (John Lloyd Young), Best Featured Actor (Christian Hoff) and Best Lighting (Howell Binkley)." -JerseyboysTour
"Jersey Boys, which details the story of Frankie Valli and the popular singing group The Four Seasons, has just received another award to add to its already crowded mantle piece. The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of American) has certified platinum the original cast recording to commemorate one million sales in the U.S.
In 2006 the album won a Grammy award for Best Musical Show Album. It continues to sell well and almost four years after it was released continues to land on Billboard's Top 25 chart for Top Catalog albums. This week it is the #1 album on the Billboard Top Cast Albums chart.
Since Jersey Boys made its debut in 2005, it has been one of the biggest successes on Broadway in recent times. The show constantly plays out to sold sold audiences and has received rave reviews. In 2006 the musical won a Tony award for Best Musical and in 2009 an Olivier award for Best New Musical. Jersey Boys is the story of The Four Seasons and Frankie Valli, narrating their unlikely rise from blue collar kids in Newark to the very heights of musical stardom.
The show is produced by Bob Gaudio, one of the original Four Seasons. The musical features performances of some of their biggest hits, including "Dawn (Go Away)," "Walk Like A Man," "December 1963 (Oh What A Night)," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," "Big Girls Don't Cry," and "Sherry."
The production, which has played on Broadway now for almost four years, still plays to record setting, sold out crowds all over the country, including two extended runs in Las Vegas and Chicago. Jersey Boys is also playing in front of sold out houses internationally. Debuts in Toronto and London occurred last years and this summer the musical opened in Melbourne, Australia at Princess Theatre.
Rhino Records, in a move that some might feel harkens back to the company's roots as a purveyor of peculiar music and novelty acts, presents Jersey Babys, an extension of the award-winning musical Jersey Boys -- The Story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. One dozen tunes originally immortalized by that unparalleled group are played on an electronic keyboard configured to sound like some sort of hybrid combination music box, glockenspiel, and toy piano. It's a confectionary application of the lullaby formula that babies are conventionally supposed to be exposed to. The album was conceived by Danielle Gaudio-Lalehzar, daughter of Bob Gaudio, a cardinal member of the Four Seasons from 1962-1972, who co-produced and arranged the recordings along with Valli's musical director Robby Robinson. There are at least four distinct ways to enjoy this album. First and foremost, it was designed and intended to soothe infants and toddlers in need of delicate and reassuring entertainment. Listeners who are able to share in the sentimentality of the project might find it oddly comforting and useful, perhaps, for behavior modification purposes. Those who grew up hearing the magnificent voices of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons endlessly emanating from AM radios throughout the land might be able to experience a relaxing if heavily sugared sense of nostalgia. Others with a twisted sense of humor will no doubt regard this as a decidedly fractured manifestation of surrealistic import, as familiar hits like "Who Loves You," "Rag Doll," "Big Girls Don't Cry," and a medley of "Sherry" and "Walk Like a Man" are transformed into jingly tinkling cotton candy episodes that fairly beg to be incorporated into artfully deranged remixes. ~ arwulf arwulf