The holiday album features performances by six stars from various Jersey Boys casts, including Joseph Leo Bwarie (national tour), Travis Cloer (Las Vegas), Rick Faugno (Las Vegas), Bobby Fox (Australia), Ryan Molloy (London), Jarrod Spector (Broadway) and John Lloyd Young, who won the 2006 Tony Award for his portrayal of Frankie Valli in the original Broadway production.
"Season's Greetings: A Jersey Boys Christmas" was produced by Bob Gaudio, a founding member of The Four Seasons and the group's principal songwriter. The musical director and arranger for the recording is Ron Melrose, who also arranged music for the Jersey Boys musical. Pete Karam, who won a Grammy for his work on the original cast recording, engineered the album.
According to press notes, "Many of the melodies and choral harmonies that catapulted the quartet from the streets of Newark into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are woven into classic holiday songs on 'Season's Greetings: A Jersey Boys Christmas.' Listen for hints of 'Come On Marianne' and 'Oh What A Night' in the album opener 'Joy To The World/O Come, O Come, Emmanuel' plus traces of 'Bye Bye Baby' in 'Winter Wonderland.'" The album will also include a new arrangement of "O Holy Night," a song that the Jersey Boys cast recorded in 2006 and was featured on a Christmas album to benefit Broadway charities.
Here's the track listing for "Season's Greetings: A Jersey Boys Christmas":
Joy To The World/O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Little Drummer Boy
Santa Medley: (Santa Claus is Coming to Town/Here Comes Santa Claus/I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus)
O Holy Night/Rise Up Shepherd
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Jingle Bell Rock
A King Is Born
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Angels From The Realms Of Glory
Silver Bells/Silent Night
Do You Hear What I Hear?
Breath Of Heaven/We Three Kings
Carol Of The Bells/Angels We Have Heard On High/Auld Lang Syne *
Jersey Boys is written by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, direction by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.
The musical is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. According to press notes, "This is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty."
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).
For more information, visit www.JerseyBoysInfo.com.