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Denise Weiss and For The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2013
Hello Rose Lovers and welcome to Week 4 of "The Bachelorette. " It's time for the 13 remaining guys to pack their bags, grab their passports and head to the first stop on their journey around the world. Exactly which exotic, romantic location will be their first stop? Japan? Aruba? Hawaii?  No! They are headed to Atlantic City. Yes, you heard me, Atlantic City. Maybe Chris Christie is a fan and wants to prove that the relationships created on "The Bachelorette" are #strongerthanthestorm.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
The award-winning "Peter and the Starcatcher" will reach the Hippodrome in May, when I will have more to say on this delectable play. But, having enjoyed it so much on Broadway, I couldn't wait to see it again, so I headed to the Kennedy Center, where the show is running through Feb. 16 . Now I can't wait to catch it yet again in Baltimore. Yes, it's that good. If you think the prequel market was cornered by "Wicked," think again. "Peter and the Starcatcher," written by Rick Elice and based on a novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, provides a wildly imaginative back-story to "Peter Pan. " Elice, who knows a thing or two about entertainment (his credits include "Jersey Boys")
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2011
The first time he was asked to consider working on a musical about the 1960s pop/rock sensation Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Marshall Brickman declined. "I still wake up screaming sometimes, thinking how my life would have been different had I stuck with saying no," he said by phone from his New York home. That initial reluctance could have derailed the project that turned into "Jersey Boys," the multiple Tony Award-winning, international monster hit that landed this week at the Hippodrome . The Bronx-born Brickman, former head writer of "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" and co-screenwriter of such Woody Allen classics as "Annie Hall," had a good excuse when actor/writer/creative consultant Rick Elice suggested a Four Seasons show.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2013
"Jersey Boys," the durable jukebox musical about the Four Seasons, has worked its way back to Baltimore, hanging on to what it's got - a whole bunch of popular songs interspersed with tales of triumph, tribulation and more triumph. For those who caught the show's visit to the Hippodrome Theatre only two years ago, there is a new cast to check out. For those who have managed to miss it (in addition to the national touring production, it has been on Broadway since 2005), this visit will make a worthy introduction.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2013
Frankie Valli made it seem so easy, spinning out those distinctive falsetto notes in hit songs as lead singer for the Four Seasons, starting 51 years ago with "Sherry. " But what came naturally to Valli takes honing for the guys who have to approximate his vocal cords in the hit bio-musical "Jersey Boys. " The success of the show, which returns to Baltimore next week, depends to a large extent on filling that central role persuasively. "The score is so difficult," says Katie Agresta, the seasoned New York-based vocal coach who has worked with the likes of Jon Bon Jovi and Cyndi Lauper.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2013
"Jersey Boys," the durable jukebox musical about the Four Seasons, has worked its way back to Baltimore, hanging on to what it's got - a whole bunch of popular songs interspersed with tales of triumph, tribulation and more triumph. For those who caught the show's visit to the Hippodrome Theatre only two years ago, there is a new cast to check out. For those who have managed to miss it (in addition to the national touring production, it has been on Broadway since 2005), this visit will make a worthy introduction.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2011
Just before the final number in "Jersey Boys," the character of Frankie Valli recalls the old days with his buddies and "the first time we made that sound — our sound. " By this point in the hit musical about the Four Seasons, a lot has happened to the pop group's original members. But Valli holds on to the intense memory of those first days when the music was all that mattered. "That was the best," he says. "That's why I'm still going out there singing — like that bunny on TV with the battery.
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By Tim Smith | October 6, 2009
In the crowded field of great American pop acts from the 1960s and '70s, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons may not rank at the top in profound artistic quality, but certainly in high notes and - as it turns out - in back story. "Jersey Boys," the Tony Award-winning musical that has settled into the National Theatre for a 10-week run, tells that tale with a disarming energy, and a whole lot of songs. Although there are moments when you may expect an announcer to stop the action and solicit donations to your local PBS station, this isn't just a nostalgia feast engineered to unleash fuzzy feelings in people of a certain age. Written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, the affectionate, but unsentimental, show effectively mingles enough biography to produce genuine and interesting characters onstage.
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,mary.mccauley@baltsun.com | October 1, 2009
Tomorrow, Peggy Santiglia Davison will drive to Washington and, not for the first time, watch a lithe young actress in the production of "The Jersey Boys" pretending to be her. Chances are, it will be a joyful experience, though not an entirely comfortable one. Davison, now 65 and a resident of Carroll County, was one of the Angels, the three-member girl group that enjoyed stratospheric popularity for a few years in the early 1960s. The Angels toured the world. They performed on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
SPORTS
September 27, 2008
1 Double vision: The American League Central race continues on two fronts tonight, with the White Sox and Twins each at home against, respectively, the Indians (7:05) and Royals (7:10). 2 While in the NL ...: The National League East/wild-card contenders play this afternoon - Marlins at Mets (1:10), Cubs at Brewers (3:55) and Nationals at Phillies (3:55, chs. 45, 5). 3 Lions and Tigers: Columbia comes to town to play Towson in football (3 p.m.). Look for the visitors to be late because their bus driver doesn't realize that, unlike in New York, you can make a right turn on red. 4 Jersey boys: No. 8 Gilman, which has beaten a couple of Washington football powers, sets its sights on New Jersey's Bergen Catholic (7:30 p.m., Homewood Field)
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2013
Frankie Valli made it seem so easy, spinning out those distinctive falsetto notes in hit songs as lead singer for the Four Seasons, starting 51 years ago with "Sherry. " But what came naturally to Valli takes honing for the guys who have to approximate his vocal cords in the hit bio-musical "Jersey Boys. " The success of the show, which returns to Baltimore next week, depends to a large extent on filling that central role persuasively. "The score is so difficult," says Katie Agresta, the seasoned New York-based vocal coach who has worked with the likes of Jon Bon Jovi and Cyndi Lauper.
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Denise Weiss and For The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2013
Hello Rose Lovers and welcome to Week 4 of "The Bachelorette. " It's time for the 13 remaining guys to pack their bags, grab their passports and head to the first stop on their journey around the world. Exactly which exotic, romantic location will be their first stop? Japan? Aruba? Hawaii?  No! They are headed to Atlantic City. Yes, you heard me, Atlantic City. Maybe Chris Christie is a fan and wants to prove that the relationships created on "The Bachelorette" are #strongerthanthestorm.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 8, 2013
If such golden oldies as "Maniac," "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" and, of course, "Flashdance… What a Feeling" still run through your head, there's a show heading to Baltimore ready to scoop you up in a wave of feel-good nostalgia. Those songs played an integral role in a 1983, critic-proof Paramount Pictures release called "Flashdance," about a young woman named Alex who worked as a welder in Pittsburgh, but dreamed of being a professional dancer. Three decades later, along comes "Flashdance - The Musical," complete with the famous water-dousing dance scene that got many a teenage hormone racing in movie theaters.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 2, 2012
"The Addams Family" seemed to have everything going for it when the musical opened on Broadway two years ago: a book by the creators of the mega-hit "Jersey Boys"; two exceedingly popular stars, Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth; and a title known to trigger fond memories and finger-snaps from any number of people who recall the 1960s sitcom of the same name. Then the reviews hit. They were about as cheery as the facial expression on Lurch, butler in the deliciously abnormal Addams household.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2011
Just before the final number in "Jersey Boys," the character of Frankie Valli recalls the old days with his buddies and "the first time we made that sound — our sound. " By this point in the hit musical about the Four Seasons, a lot has happened to the pop group's original members. But Valli holds on to the intense memory of those first days when the music was all that mattered. "That was the best," he says. "That's why I'm still going out there singing — like that bunny on TV with the battery.
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February 4, 2011
'Jersey Boys' The 50-year career of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons — the biggest group in rock and roll, at least until The Beatles came along — is chronicled, celebrated and otherwise revisited in this exuberant Tony Award-winning musical. Actors playing each of the four original members — Valli, Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio and Nick Massi — take turns telling the band's story, as it rises from obscurity to massive popularity, followed by dissension, infighting, and then acceptance and rediscovery (the trajectory of pretty-much every rock band, come to think of it)
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By Los Angeles Times | October 12, 2008
Vegas and Valli What's the deal?: The nearly new, all-suite Palazzo Resort-Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas is offering a package for $299 a night during midweek and $339 a night on weekends that gives you a suite, tickets to the 2006-Tony-winning Jersey Boys (the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and their rise to fame) and $25 in gambling credit. What's the savings?: The midweek package, if priced separately, saves you about $100 if you were planning to stay a couple of nights (that's the minimum stay for this package)
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By J. WYNN ROUSUCK and J. WYNN ROUSUCK,SUN THEATER CRITIC | June 12, 2006
"Oh What a Night" for Jersey Boys. The musical biography of the Four Seasons - the group that made that song a hit - took home the award for best new musical at last night's Tony Awards at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The musical also won three other awards, including a Tony for its star, John Lloyd Young, who plays Four Seasons' lead singer Frankie Valli, and one for featured actor Christian Hoff, who plays Tommy DeVito, the singer who formed the group. Sobbing as he accepted his award, Hoff said, "Papa, this is for us," explaining his father "died when he was 52; he immigrated to this country in 1961, the year [the song]
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2011
Picture it: Club Venus, Perring Plaza. One night in 1967, booking agent Bill Bateman brought in Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Responsible for making sure the crowd hears the music at the best possible level is the house soundman, Bob Goldstein. The familiar strains of "Sherry," "Rag Doll" and "Walk Like a Man" filled the place so effectively that night it changed Goldstein's life. Clair Brothers, the sound company from Pennsylvania that started in 1966 with a Four Seasons gig in Lancaster, offered Goldstein a job. "I dropped out of college and went on the road with the group in 1967," Goldstein said.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2011
The first time he was asked to consider working on a musical about the 1960s pop/rock sensation Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Marshall Brickman declined. "I still wake up screaming sometimes, thinking how my life would have been different had I stuck with saying no," he said by phone from his New York home. That initial reluctance could have derailed the project that turned into "Jersey Boys," the multiple Tony Award-winning, international monster hit that landed this week at the Hippodrome . The Bronx-born Brickman, former head writer of "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" and co-screenwriter of such Woody Allen classics as "Annie Hall," had a good excuse when actor/writer/creative consultant Rick Elice suggested a Four Seasons show.
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