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!
Entertainment Tonight did a special segment on some of the Pros audition tapes. You can watch it below. See People as well as they have some tapes too. Thanks to Jennie for the heads up.
Entertainment Tonight reports on Mark Ballas’ new chapter in his life. Stay tuned. This won’t be the last we see of him. Keep us posted, Mark!
As of this moment – Friday Night – we don’t have any confirmed pairings. But we do have a few good ideas based on DancingABC clues, history, rumor, twitter…and just plain guessing. 🙂 So, Vogue and I are going to put it down on paper – what we think, guesses we’ve seen on twitter, what we would like…all of the above. Just for fun. We’ll find out on Tuesday for sure, but write it down now so we can all see how we do. 😉 We reserve the right to edit as we get more information…or reality sets in through leaks and such. 😉
Here are the confirmed pros (I’m including Mark Ballas cuz I think he’s in, as does @DWTSGossip, even though we have no “confirmation”) – keep in mind there could be more. George Pennachio seems to think so. When I have a partner next to a pros name, that’s someone that’s been confirmed by DWTSGossip or a leak. If there’s a question mark, I just ain’t sure.
Derek – Marilu Henner
Maks – Amber Rose
Val – Laurie Hernandez
Gleb – ??
Sasha – Terra Jole
Artem – Maureen McCormick
Lindsay – Calvin Johnson ??
Witney – Vanilla Ice ??
Emma – Rick Perry
Sharna – James Hinchcliffe
Allison – Babyface Edmonds
Jenna – Jake Austin ??
Derek – I haven’t a clue but, he’s looking for his Cleopatra? Hmmmm…..
Mark – I think it might be the new rumor of Beverley Mitchell who is said to be in talks and not signed yet. I’m having serious Willow Shields flashbacks too and I’m loving it.
Maks – Amber Rose! We’ve seen a picture of them together and then there is this snap.
Val – Ok, I’m going with Lauren Henderson for all the reasons in Court’s rumor post. Plus, George P says there is more than one Olympian dancing.
Gleb– My guess is JoJo Fletcher and what a beautiful pairing this would make. I love the video in this post.
Sasha – Terra Jole! He teased his partner has a show on Wednesday’s and guess what? “Little Women” airs on Wednesday nights. I can’t wait to see how he is inspired from her and he’s happy and excited which makes me happy and excited too.
Artem – Legendary Brady Bunch star Maureen McCormick. One of my wishes forever and they even look a like. And shame on his fans for having such a meltdown on this being she’s 60. “60” is only a number. Just ask Jennifer Grey, Bill Engvall, and Tommy Chong made it or almost made it to the finals.
Lindsay – Well, it can’t be Tim Tebow like some fans speculate on since he wasn’t born in Georgia. I’m going to guess that it might be Detroit Lion Calvin Johnson since he WAS born in Georgia. Hubby will be so happy if we have another football player dancing. My Dad will be watching too in heaven. I just know it.
Witney – Not sure on this one (more below)
Emma – Is she paired with a Republican? If so, I’m hoping for someone tall, dark, and handsome…..someone like Donald Trump Jr.! Can you imagine? Ssssssssss!!
Sharna – Ryan Lochte because I think they would look striking together. Then again, Sharna says she’s in Texas, so, maybe Witney has Ryan instead? Geez, this show keeps us guessing.
Allison – Babyface Edmonds! Coupled with Allison’s creativity and his ability in making Grammy winning songs and videos, they will be off the hook as Lea posted in comments. He’s so handsome and has infinite amounts of class, swagger, and charm too.
Jenna – Jake T. Austin. I just think they’d make a great fit. What a great first partner for Jenna too. I hope she shines out there like she did on the last DWTS Tour.
Derek – the only guesses I’ve seen have been Lindsey Stirling and various olympians. Lindsey is going on a world tour, which kinda leaves her out. Olympians? Who knows? It would be fun if he had Mckayla Maroney…she of the “sass”. 😉 Beverley Mitchell is the type that Derek used to get all the time, early on – married mommies. But since Mark hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, maybe she’s dancing with him, since last word was that she was “in talks”. Heh…Court just texted me to listen to Becca Tilley’s snapchat to listen for Derek’s voice – she’s with Jojo Fletcher doing a shoot today. Kinda sounds like him, kinda doesn’t….I’ll get the video in a bit.
Mark – Personally, I would bet Mark is the one with the Olympian, but I don’t really know. I’m going to say Laurie Hernandez. Or Beverley Mitchell. 🙂
Maks – I kinda thought that Gleb had Amber Rose, but I guess she’s with Maks, based on that photo.
Gleb – No clue…. How about Emma Samms?
Sasha – Yeah, gotta go with Terra Jole.
Val – Well, it’s gotta be someone with dance experience…Emma Samms had training until she was 15 but that hardly counts. This is an interesting question: with Derek, Maks and Gleb all back, will Val still rate the ringer?? Hmmmm…If I had my way he would get the model who can’t move. But who would that be? I don’t think he has the Olympian..perhaps someone we don’t know about yet?
Artem – Maureen McCormick, who, judging by the photos, I wanna be when I grow up. Dang, woman! Lookin’ good!
Lindsay – Seems pretty certain she has Calvin Johnson.
Witney – Ryan Lochte…although this could be BAD. Neither are the sharpest tools in the shed if you get my meaning.
Emma – My first thought was republican…but not a weasely Trump boy. Ugh. Spare us all more of that drivel. I’m thinking someone who’s been around a while and who isn’t in prison (that was an obscure Tom Delay reference for you young’uns). 😀 But if not a republican, then what’s the deal with the Elephant? I actually looked up “Unforgettable Elephant” because DancingABC uses that word in their tweet and got Martyn Colbeck, an award winning wildlife photographer. Much more palatable than a politician. 😉 Someone else on twitter mentioned Jack Hanna to DWTSGossip which is a much more relevant celeb than Martyn.
Sharna – She’s been spotted in Texas, where the speculation brings us back to racecar driver James Hinchcliffe – why yes, there is a big race in Texas tonight and there is apparently a Arrow Electronics fire suit in the background of her periscope according to Courtney’s – I don’t even know what that is. 🙂 Could be another driver, I suppose…definitely going to say James or another racer.
Allison – seems pretty certain that she’s dancing with Babyface Edmonds
Jenna – yep, going to agree with Jake T. Austin.