What an amazing week it’s been for Mark Ballas and his Broadway debut in “Jersey Boys”. Below you can watch a review, interviews, a “Sherry” warm up (thanks to @Idolxfactor1 for recording), and more.
A reader to PureDWTS and Pure Derek Hough named Lily has written a guest blog for us on her experience of meeting Mark Ballas and seeing him in Broadway’s “Jersey Boys”. Let’s just say, Mark blew her away. You can read her fun and sweet story below including how she met BC Jean as well. She also sent us some fun photos. Thanks Lily! You rock!
I was very excited to hear that Mark Ballas was going to make his Broadway debut in Jersey Boys! His opening night was scheduled for October 18th. And I already had a conflict because Josh Groban was also making his Broadway debut in Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812. I bought these tickets in May 2016!
So I planned to go to Mark’s 2nd show, on October 19th matinee! I was excited to secure front row tickets to the show. I had already seen Jersey Boys before, and I really enjoyed the show.
But Mark blew me away with his performance!!! I was very surprised with his falsetto, and he nailed all of the songs!!! I had chills when he sang “My Eyes Adored You” !!! “Sherry”, “Walk Like a Man”, “oh, what a Night”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Working My Way Back to You”, so many hits! Oh course, there were the dance moves!!!!
After the show, I waited by stage door. Everyone came out and signed, and took pictures and selfies. Mark is on vocal rest, so he wasn’t able to talk alot, But he signed and took pictures with everyone! How awesome. I was wearing my Alexander Jean t-shirt. I met a mother and daughter who knew Mark, so they were able to ask to see BC Jean, so I was able to talk to BC Jean as well. She said she remembered me from the tour! Aww how sweet!
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Last night, Mark Ballas began his part on Broadway’s “Jersey Boys”. The photos below say it all. If you’d like to see more, see Getty Images. Shirley Ballas posted photos at her Facebook page as well. She described Mark as “amazing” and “brilliant”. She “cried” and “jumped for joy”. I am crying just writing this post up. Go Mark!! We are so proud of you! For tickets, see this link. If any of you see the show and would like to blog about it, share pics, or videos, write to our contact link.
Mark Ballas has posted his first video blog at Broadway.com which you can watch below. He takes us behind the scenes of his first dress rehearsal for “Jersey Boys”. He also shows us his apartment and lots more. Too fun. Go kill it, Mark!!
Mark Ballas is super excited about his new Broadway role in “Jersey Boys”. He talked to Broadway World all about it and what you’ll see if you go to the show. Bring it on, Mark!
Frankie Valli’s falsetto is of course so iconic. Was singing in falsetto something you have always been comfortable with?
BWW Interview – Debut of the Month – Mark Ballas on Being JERSEY BOYS’ Final Frankie ValliI actually have a really sharp falsetto, that’s something that I’ve had since I was a kid. I was a high tenor in the choir, so luckily it’s been one of the easier aspects of taking on this role. The stuff we’ve been working on vocally is getting those high chest notes while doing the choreography at the same time. Because let me tell you, you sweat man! These moves may look sharp and simple, but it’s a lot, and you’ve got to get used to it. But when it comes to the falsetto, luckily I’ve been blessed in that area.
Do you have a favorite number from the show or is it just too hard to chose?
It’s really hard to chose, but I’d say ‘Sheri’ and ‘Big Girl’ never get old for me. I love doing ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You’ as well, that song has always been special to me and my family. They’re all fun. I love doo-wop and ’50’s rock n roll too and 60’s music, so for me, all the songs are awesome. ‘Rag Doll’, ‘Who Loves You’, it’s just hard to chose. And every day is different!
Do you think that wonderful music is the reason the show resonates with audiences all over the world?
I do. What’s great about the show is that you have the generation who grew up on the music of The Four Seasons, and they just lose themselves in the show. It’s kind of like The Beatles to some people, or Michael Jackson to some people, they grew up on it. They know these songs, they remember where they were when they first heard them, they remember jumping up and down on their bed singing ‘Sheri’ and throwing teddy bears at each other. And back then, The Four Seasons were considered the bad boys of music, their music was cool, it was different, so all the women still go nuts when they hear it today.
More at Broadway World including his thoughts on Dancing With The Stars.
ETA: Here is another interview with Access Hollywood. It’s so cool seeing him again….
ETA2: Here is Mark’s interview with NBC in New York….
Well, this should be fun!! Mark’s going to catalog his Jersey Boys Adventures for Broadway.com starting when his run starts next Tuesday and every Tuesday after that! Check it out.
Soon, you won’t be able to take your eyes off of this vlog. Jersey Boys’ newest star Mark Ballas is Broadway.com’s next video blogger. Grab your red blazer and some comfortable shoes, because Walk Like a Man begins next week.
The vlog will kick off as Ballas rehearses for his Broadway debut as Frankie Valli and capture backstage life as Jersey Boys approaches its final performance in January. Expect appearances and hijinks from his fellow Seasons: Nicolas Dromard, Drew Seeley, Matt Bogart and his Frankie counterpart Mauricio Pérez.
It won’t be long now until fans can see Mark Ballas in his Broadway role in “Jersey Boys”. His Mom Shirley is currently visiting him and BC Jean in New York City. She posted these sweet photos at her Facebook page. Note that Mark begins his performances as Frankie Valli in “Jersey Boys” on October 18, 2016. If you haven’t purchased tickets for “Jersey Boys”, see Broadway.com.
Mark Ballas tells US Weekly that’s he’s definitely going to miss Dancing With The Stars, but, he’s still watching. He also explains the audition process for how he got the role of Frankie Valli in the last few months of the ‘Jersey Boys’ Broadway run.
“I went and auditioned, old school! I didn’t cut any lines!” Mark told Us. “I sent in my tapes like everyone else. The producers liked my tapes, so then I went to New York and auditioned, did the two-hour dance call, singing call, acting call. I did it all the way you’re meant to do it. And after my New York set of auditions, I was coming home and I was on the plane literally about to take off and I got the call!”
Although Ballas’ fans know him for his dance skills, what they might not know is that his background in musical theater is extensive too.
“A lot of people know me as a dancer, but for me, when I started entertaining, theater and music was where I started,” the pro hoofer said. “And I trained for it, I got a diploma in college for musical theater. I worked for years for that diploma and graduated with honors, so now I’m finally putting it to use!”
“For me it’s not a role that no matter if you have a fan base or not, you can’t fake it,” he added of his Broadway endeavor. “It’s a lot of singing, and it’s going to be great to be out there as an actor and a musician first.”
More at US Weekly. We miss you, Mark. Come back to us soon and have fun!
DWTS Season 23 – Derek Hough is Once Again Blogging for TV Guide, Talking James, Jana and Hairspray Live!
Hey everyone, give it up for Vogue who is handling both this site and Purederekhough.com while I take a sort of vacation where I’m away from home but my work won’t leave me alone. 😉 Anyway, Derek is once again blogging for TV guide – he seems impressed with James and he’s “hanging out” with Jana. I’ve put an excerpt below – click the link to read the whole thing. Thanks to Linz for the heads up.
Thanks so much for all your messages so far. I’m really excited to be back this season — something I didn’t think would be happening even a few weeks ago. But I truly believe everything happens for a reason. My Broadway show Singin’ in the Rain got postponed from January until sometime late next year, which freed up a lot of time for me this fall. I was excited to do some other stuff. I’ve been working on some cool music and videos with Lindsey Stirling that I will hopefully release soon. And you know I love Dancing with the Stars. There’s nothing like it in the world. I’ve always said if I can come back and they will have me back, I will.
Marilu is also amazing because she has super memory! It’s actually called highly superior autobiographical memory (HSAM), which means she has the ability to remember everything she’s experienced every day down a minute detail. So you must think she’s got to memorize choreography easily, right? The funny thing is it’s not exactly like that. She’ll forget certain things or there might be some things she physically can’t do yet, and if you tell her she forgot, she’s like “What?! No way!” It’s like an affront. It’s very cute. I think for her it’s weird to forget something. But the thing about dancing is that it’s not about remembering things on a cognitive level. You have to remember moves and steps, but you also have to embody all of it. It’s more like muscle memory. I think she’ll get used to that soon.
The cast this season is great bunch. They’re all really nice. I’ve hung out with Jana Kramer a little bit. I’ve been really impressed by James Hinchcliffe. I think he might be an underdog. He’s another Helio in the making. He’s got a great personality and is a really likeable guy. Then I saw him rehearse and I was like, “Wow!” I think he’s definitely someone to watch out for.
DANCING WITH THE STARS fan fave Mark Ballas may soon be gracing the stage of Broadway’s long-running musical Jersey Boys!
While the former Mirror Ball Trophy winner will not be appearing on the upcoming 23rd season of the ABC dance competition, a source tells the site that the 30-year-old dancer will be relocating to the Big Apple this month in order to appear in a “main role” in the show.
So awesome! Congratulations, Mark!