Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bob Was a Tough Act to Follow ...but I Followed Him into a Lift; Jersey Boys Make Its North East Premiere Tonight at Sunderland Empire. GORDON BARR Chats to Cast Member Sam Ferriday, Who Plays Bob Gaudio in the Show

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bob Was a Tough Act to Follow ...but I Followed Him into a Lift; Jersey Boys Make Its North East Premiere Tonight at Sunderland Empire. GORDON BARR Chats to Cast Member Sam Ferriday, Who Plays Bob Gaudio in the Show

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FOUR Seasons songwriter Bob Gaudio once penned the hit Big Girls Don't Cry.

But it was more a case of Shy Bairns Get Nowt for the actor who is playing him in the first UK tour of Jersey Boys, which arrives at Sunderland Empire tonight.

Sam Ferriday was visiting a friend in Nashville, Tennessee, when he took advantage of a chance encounter which ended up with him meeting not just Gaudio but Frankie Valli too.

"I was going to Nashville to see my friend who is in the music business. Bob Gaudio lives in Nashville and my agent and casting team had been sending emails to his team to see if we would be able to meet up, but never heard back," explains Sam.

"While I was there I noticed that Frankie was playing there too, so I got tickets straight "While I was there I noticed that Frankie was playing there too, so I got tickets straight away. I went along to the concert, loved it.

"Frankie suddenly announced Gaudio was at the back of the auditorium. The spotlight went on him and there was a standing ovation for the man himself.

"He was walking away as the security came over and I chased him into a lift and said 'Bob I'm playing you in the UK tour of Jersey Boys'.

"He asked me what my name was, I told him, and he said he knew all about me but hadn't had the time to sort out a meeting. He asked me if I was alone, I said yes, and he said come backstage and meet Frankie and the gang. He was just a lovely, down to earth man.

"I had Frankie sing to me old Motown and Four Seasons hits just feet away from me. It was incredible. I went back to my friend and he asked how the evening went and I said it was one of the most surreal evenings I have ever had. Two great, incredible guys from one of the best bands ever."

Jersey Boys has been seen by more than 19 million people worldwide and is firmly established as one of the West End's longest running and most popat longest running and most popular shows, where it continues to play its new home of the Piccadilly Theatre.

It is the remarkable true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and their rise to stardom from the wrong side of the tracks. These four lads from New Jersey became one of the most successful bands in pop history, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and sold 175 million records worldwide, all before they turned 30. …

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