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“Book Club” a Good Laugh for Older Folks

May 17th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review By John Delia, Sr.

Sitting through the movie Book Club was a bit tiring, but not being the target audience of women 55+ played a role for sure. That said, for the ladies this funny little ditty plays well, especially if you have gone through several stages such as becoming an empty nester, past menopause, are retired, or are forging ahead in life without the male companion you once had. For this group, it’s a stitch! Read more…

“Life of the Party” a Hysterical Comedy

May 11th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John M. Delia, Jr.

When you feel you didn’t get the most out of your youth, going back to college can answer most of your middle aged problems. A crazy story that will have you rolling in the isles and gasping for air from pure honest laughter.
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“Breaking In” Motherly Instincts

May 10th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

It’s an actioner with good special effects and the setting for the flick outstanding, but Breaking In is just another robbery gone bad film at the hands of a very upset mother. Much like Kidnap where Halle Berry goes berserk because her son gets taken when her car is stolen, here Gabrielle Union turns into a determined killer mom to get her children free from robbers. Unfortunately there’s been several movies with a similar plot, but in case you haven’t seen one, this movie should keep you on toes. Read more…

“RBG” Ruth Bader Ginsburg

May 9th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

More of a biography of the Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the documentary RBG comes to movie screens this week. The activist and liberal gets her day on the big screen showing her rise to the highest court in the land and the cases she was most noted. It’s an interesting film to watch, especially in a more educational setting rather than an entertainment one. Read more…

Casting Announced for JERSEY BOYS Broward Center May 8 – 20, 2018

April 30th, 2018 No comments

 

CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR

Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-WINNING BEST MUSICAL

DIRECTED BY DES McANUFF

 

PLAYING FORT LAUDERDALE’S BROWARD CENTER FOR THE

 

PERFORMING ARTS

 

May 8 – 20, 2018

 

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Casting has been announced for the Fort Lauderdale engagement of the Tony®, Grammy® and Olivier® Award-winning hit musical JERSEY BOYS, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, playing the Broward Center for the Performing Arts May 8 – 20, 2018.

 

Jersey Boys

The cast of JERSEY BOYS will be led by Tommaso Antico (Bob Gaudio), Corey Greenan (Tommy DeVito), Chris Stevens (Nick Massi) and Jonny Wexler (Frankie Valli) as The Four Seasons.

 

Jersey Boys

The ensemble of JERSEY BOYS includes Dianna Barger, Ben Bogen, Tristen Buettel, Sean Michael Burns, Jonathan Cable, Wade Dooley, Todd DuBail, Caitlin Leary, Kevin Patrick Martin, Michelle Rombola, Jenna Nicole Schoen and Kit Treece.

 

Tickets are available at the Broward Center AutoNation Box Office, 201 SW Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33312, browardcenter.org or call 954.462.0222. Orders for groups of ten (10) or more may be placed by calling 954.660.6307. Ticket prices start at $40.25*.

 

Jersey Boys

JERSEY BOYS is the winner of the 2006 Best Musical Tony Award®, the 2006 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Show Album, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical and the 2010 Helpmann Award for Best Musical (Australia). JERSEY BOYS worldwide has been seen by over 25 million people (as of August, 2017).

 

Catch a sneak peek of Jersey Boys! Log on to www.JerseyBoysTour.com/watch.

 

Jersey Boys

Directed by two-time Tony® Award-winner Des McAnuff, JERSEY BOYS is written by Academy Award-winner Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

 

JERSEY BOYS is part of the Broadway in Fort Lauderdale subscription season, made possible with the generous support of Bank of America and is presented by Florida Theatrical Association in partnership with The Broward Center for the Performing Arts

JERSEY BOYS is the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.  They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story – a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. The show features all their hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What A Night,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back To You.”

 

Jersey Boys

JERSEY BOYS opened in New York on November 6, 2005 and by the time it closed over 11 years later on January 15, 2017, it was the 12th longest running show in Broadway history, passing such original Broadway productions as 42nd Street, Grease, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Producers. JERSEY BOYS returned to New York with a new production in November 2017. The JERSEY BOYS US National Tour opened to rave reviews in San Francisco on December 1, 2006, and is still breaking house records in cities across North America. JERSEY BOYS is on tour across UK and Ireland and will return to Australia at the end of 2018.

 

The JERSEY BOYS design and production team comprises Klara Zieglerova (Scenic Design), Jess Goldstein (Costume Design), Howell Binkley (winner of the 2006 Tony® Award for his Lighting Design of JERSEY BOYS), Steve Canyon Kennedy (Sound Design), Michael Clark (Projections Design), Charles LaPointe (Wig and Hair Design), Steve Orich (Orchestrations) and Ron Melrose (Music Supervision, Vocal/Dance Arrangements & Incidental Music).

 

Jersey Boys

JERSEY BOYS is produced by Dodger Theatricals, Joseph J. Grano, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group, with Latitude Link and Rick Steiner.

 

Jersey Boys

The Original Broadway Cast Recording of JERSEY BOYS, produced by Bob Gaudio, was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The cast recording is available on Rhino Records. JERSEY BOYS: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons (Broadway Books) is the official handbook to the smash Broadway hit.  Seasons Greetings: A JERSEY BOYS Christmas, a holiday CD featuring international cast members of JERSEY BOYS, produced by Bob Gaudio, is available on Rhino Records.

CAST BIOGRAPHIES

The Four Seasons

Tommaso Antico (Bob Gaudio) grew up in small town New Baltimore, MI, where he worked at his family’s Italian bakery. His love for the arts started in elementary school when he joined band. He later became involved in theatre and moved to New York at 18 by himself to study the arts. At 19, he went on the National Tour of Cabaret and since has appeared Off-Broadway in Altarboyz, toured with Hairspray and has been in the films Revolutionary Road and Enchanted. He was recently seen in the closing cast of Jersey Boys on Broadway. Follow him on Instagram @tommasoantico.

 Corey Greenan (Tommy DeVito) Broadway: Mamma Mia! (Sky), Scandalous. National Tour: If/Then, Mamma Mia!. International Tour: Evita (Che). New York/Regional: I Am Harvey Milk, Sweeney Todd, 42nd Street, Much Ado About Nothing. BA Pepperdine University (Theatre Arts).

 Chris Stevens (Nick Massi) moved to NYC to be in Jersey Boys, and now, five years later, that dream is coming true! National Tour: Mamma Mia! (Sky), Cats (Rum Tum Tugger).  Regional: Grease (Engeman), Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific (Walnut), Footloose (Fulton), Tarzan (WPPAC), Cats (TBTS) and The Sound of Music (Paper Mill)  NYC: Solo Show UNWRITTEN at 54 Below. Follow me @CJStevens421

 JONNY WEXLER (Frankie Valli) is honored to be re-joining Jersey Boys as Frankie Valli after three amazing seasons as Joe Pesci. Select Theatre: West Side Story (Action, New Canaan), Chasing the Song (Frankie Fontana, La Jolla), Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (La Jolla), Peter Pan (Peter, Drayton Entertainment), It’s A Wonderful Life (Clarence, Grand Theatre), The Music Man (Winthrop, Stratford Festival).  Selected Film/TV: The Doodlebops (Disney/CBS, 600+ live shows worldwide). Website www.jonnywexler.com or follow him on Twitter @jonnywexler

 

“THE MOST EXCITING MUSICAL BROADWAY HAS SEEN IN YEARS.”

 – Chicago Tribune

 More than 83,000 theatergoers cheered when JERSEY BOYS made its sell-out premiere in Fort Lauderdale in April 2009. Worldwide, more than 25 million people have seen JERSEY BOYS. And now, the show that made critics and audiences cheer will return to Fort Lauderdale.

JERSEY BOYS is the Tony®, Grammy® and Olivier® Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30!  JERSEY BOYS features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” “THE CROWD GOES WILD!” proclaims The New York Times

The JERSEY BOYS creative team comprises two-time Tony Award®-winning director Des McAnuff, book writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, composer Bob Gaudio, lyricist Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

* Tickets start at $40.25

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

201 SW Fifth Avenue, Ft Lauderdale, FL, 33312

For tickets visit  www.browardcenter.org; by phone 954.462.0222

*All programs, artists, ticket prices, availability, dates and times are subject to change without notice. Additional fees may apply. Visit www.browardcenter.org for up-to-date information, details and performance schedules.

 

 

 

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“You Were Never Really Here” Brilliant!

April 27th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

The mystery thriller You Were Really Never Here reaches theaters this weekend and it has another excellent performance by Joaquin Phoenix. It’s nice to see Phoenix back on the big screen since Irrational Man in 2015 and here we find him obsessed with saving a teenager. It’s a role perfect for Phoenix and one you won’t want to miss. Read more…

“Avengers: Infinity War” Teen View

April 25th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by Ian Delia

The war to save the galaxy is now the cinematic war of the year. Marvel fans have been on hold for this movie for the past 10 years. From “The Incredible Hulk” through now, Marvel has kept Avengers fans on the edge of their seat. With all the anticipation for this movie, however it ends on the biggest cliffhanger of all time. In the movie they don’t give the full avengers experience and making us wait doesn’t help either. Marvel will make a second part to this movie in May of 2019. There is no set in stone name for the upcoming avengers, but it will be a part 2 to the war. Read more…

“Backstabbing for Beginners” Food for Play

April 25th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

The title of this movie, Backstabbing for Beginners, may be a good description, but it also fools its audience into thinking they are about to see a love relationship gone wrong. That said, the film itself is a decent political thriller that’s centered around an actual happening on the world stage. A good cast and storyline, the movie puts its audience in the thick of Iraq under Saddam Hussein during a United Nations deal to feed the country’s starving population. If you like world politics and how countries can be manipulated, then rush to see Backstabbing for Beginners. Read more…

Schumer Fails to Deliver in “I Feel Pretty”

April 20th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

Inspirational for many, inconceivable for others the movie I Feel Pretty boasts that it gives a boost of pride in oneself no matter what you look like. American society today has picked up where they left off in the thirties and has gathered steam as shown in recent women’s marches. It’s a wave of demands for better wages, equality, respect and equal opportunities for females. I Feel Pretty takes aim at self-esteem which includes self-confidence, worth, respect, regard, assurance and pride. The underlying ego booster for women in this script is “self-image”, and the writers Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein nail it. Read more…

A Treacherous Journey “A Bag of Marbles”

April 18th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

Very compelling and heartfelt, the true story A Bag of Marbles (Un sac de billes) shows the determination and courage of one family in France during World War II. While other films deal with combat with the enemy on foreign shores, this movie conveys one of many untold stories of the people caught up in it. This one becomes a journey so perilous that just a hint that you’re a Jew can send you to certain death. Seek out A Bag of Marbles at a local theater when it comes to your city, it’s truly astounding. Read more…