The Four Seasons would like to wish all the dads out there a Happy Father’s Day! Don’t miss the movie, directed by Clint Eastwood, coming to theaters June 20th. You can also see the hit stage production when it returns to Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre May 12-24, 2015!
Photo: Jeremy Daniel
Who loves you, Chicago? Today we announced that Jersey Boys is returning to Chicago next year from May 12-24, 2015 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. With the movie version, directed by Clint Eastwood, being released in theaters June 20, we can’t wait for the stage production to come back after its 2-year-long engagement in 2010. More details at the Chicago Tribune…
I originally saw Jersey Boys when it was the sit down production here in Chicago. I was 17 and a junior in high school at the time. I had been singing and acting throughout my adolescence, but it wasn’t until I saw Jersey Boys that I knew that this was what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I remember being mesmerized by the story, the music, how quickly the set changed; the list goes on and on. Of course I knew a career as an actor is extremely terrifying since there isn’t always certainty if you’ll work. But I grew up having parents who taught be to have patience, be persistent, and have a quiet confidence.
I studied at Carnegie Mellon University where I received my BFA in Acting/Music Theatre. It’s there where I trained and honed in my craft. CMU’s acting program is fantastic with alumni such as Ted Danson, Holly Hunter, Patrick Wilson, Zachary Quinto and Megan Hilty. I graduated and got an agent from our senior showcase. I spent one last summer performing at The Muny down in St. Louis and soon after moved to New York. I spent my first year auditioning for a numerous amount of projects, doing a few readings and workshops, an Off-Broadway show and also a few regional productions. But my eyes were set on. I auditioned for the first time in September of 2010. From then on I had about 6 more auditions throughout the year until I booked the job this past November of 2011.
It has been an absolute dream come true portraying the role of Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys. I feel extremely honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to share this story with audiences who keep coming back to see this show. You can’t help but fall in love with one song after the next. And yet you also learn about a group of four guys, you see what they went through to become Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, and that it didn’t just happen overnight. This show is so well constructed that it is far from a “juke-box musical.” I would say that it a mixture of a play and a rock concert. Rich in its context, and unforgettable in its music. Certainly not one you want to miss if you haven’t seen it yet.
It’s been such a treat to be performing here in my hometown and getting to see so many family members and friends after the show. I’ve been lucky enough to be asked to sing the National Anthem at a few of Chicago’s games. Last week I sang at the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Fire games. I grew up seeing so many Bulls games so that one especially hit home for me. What’s most incredible is to be in the Bank of America Theatre where I first saw the show 6 years ago, dreaming of one day being a part of it. I have never felt more gratitude taking my bow every performance. Thankful to be getting to do what I love, and hoping that our performances continue to touch and inspire others just as I was 6 years ago.
The Broadway In Chicago team went underground at the end of the summer, working hard to bring THE BOOK OF MORMON to Chicago!
In the fall they’re usually seen at every event in the city – but they’ve gone missing. Rumor has it that they’re buried under group sales orders for THE BOOK OF MORMON. Plus, there’s also the launch of an amazing new season to attend to – a new season which Time Out Chicago calls “edgier” than usual.
AMERICAN IDIOT: February 7 – 19, 2012
SOUTH PACIFIC: February 14 – 26, 2012
BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL: March 6 – 25, 2012
FELA!: March 27 – April 8, 2012
JERSEY BOYS: April 5 – June 2, 2012
THE BOOK OF MORMON: Starting December 2012
IN THE HEIGHTS: January 10 – 15, 2012
MAMMA MIA!: January 24 – 29, 2012
RIVERDANCE: March 13 – 18, 2012
CATS: May 1 – 6, 2012
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I can still remember my first time seeing it in New York. So excited that I called all of my bosses to say, “This is the one! This is another long run for Chicago!”
Many people said that it appealed mostly to New Yorkers and Jersey and that it wouldn’t be the same for Chicago, but oh, how wrong they were. I knew that The Four Seasons music was an anthem for Chicagoans – and no one does Jersey better than a native from Berwyn or Cicero. Plus the story was universal and one of those rare stories that appeal to the male audience as well as the ladies dancing in the aisles.
Long-run shows are special, they are few and far between and they are the shows that are not sold by advertising, clever marketing or even great reviews. They are the shows that the people fall in love with. They are the shows that when people walk out they are planning their next trip and with whom they will make their trip back or who they are going to send. These shows transcend the economy, the weather, the time of year. They are simply the shows that people will not go without seeing. JERSEY BOYS connected with the audiences and leave them with something that they will remember for the rest of their lives and if they are lucky with the songs downloaded on their ipods!
I hope that you were one of the lucky people that came to see this show – OH WHAT A RUN! We will miss them dearly during all of the seasons and there were many more than 4!
Broadway In Chicago thanks the producers and management team of JERSEY BOYS for choosing Chicago and look forward to many more returns to Chicago – don’t forget us, we will never forget you!
Alayna Gallo and I were asked to be celebrity contestants in “shoot the puck” at the Chicago Blackhawks game on November 15th. Never in my wildest dreams would I have anticipated such an opportunity. The Blackhawks organization generously provided the Jersey Boys cast and crew with a penthouse suite to watch the game, so we had plenty of support from our friends.
Toward the end of the second period, Alayna and I were escorted downstairs, just outside the ice, where we were able to take a couple practice shots (Thank god! I haven’t held a hockey stick since I was 7 years old!) I can’t even begin to explain how nervous AND excited we were. With just a few seconds left in the second period, we were waiting just outside the ice doors when the Blackhawks scored. The energy of the 21,000 people in the arena skyrocketed. Alyana and I kept looking at each other with massive smiles plastered on our face saying “Oh my god, here we go!” There were 4 of us shooting the puck, including two children. Walking on that ice and scanning the thousands of people around me was an unbelievable feeling. Then, looking at the goal, I realized they blocked of most of it and left a tiny target the size of a mouse hole open. I was thinking, “Are you kidding me?”
They took Alayna and me to center ice and the children to the blue line. Sure enough, the boy, who couldn’t have been more than 10 years old, shot it right in that tiny hole! The crowd went crazy. Alayna and I went crazy! When it was my turn to go, I set up like I was taught by my coach, Ryan Quinn West, looked directly at that silly little hole and shot the puck with all my might. I was seriously just hoping the puck would make it down there. As I was watching the puck slide down the ice I thought, “Wow, that’s going pretty straight. Hey, this is gonna be close. Oh my god, this might actually go in! HOLY ****!!!!!!!!!!!” I was completely stunned. Alayna’s reaction was priceless. We high fived and I stepped off the carpet, mouth gaping open in disbelief. I was so grateful I didn’t have to shoot again because I didn’t even know how I did it the first time! Alayna shot great as well. On her third shot we were all screaming for a replay. The puck literally sat inside the hole, but didn’t go all the way through.
Alayna and I had a fantastic time. All the Blackhawks employees were wonderfully supportive and seemed to enjoy our neurotic excitement. This experience will most definitely go down in history as one of my favorites.
-Merissa Haddad (Mary Delgado and others/JERSEY BOYS)