Alright, I still don’t know how to capture the night and rehearsals leading up to it. I’m trying to write a little something in between shows right now. It was scary, magical, overwhelming, exhausting, exhilarating and perfect. Of course it helped that I saw Tim sitting out there and remembered why I’m telling this story. The girls looked gorgeous, each of their outfits perfectly capturing their essence and what they were trying to say…and Travis, the only guy, looked sharp too. Tim brought my dress from home that I wore on our honeymoon…only apropos.

Ok, just a short summary. Jim Abbott our musical director…AWESOME…he took our songs and elevated them to a level of brilliance and encouraged us all way The musicians he and Holly assembled were incredible. Come on, we had drums, guitars, standing bass, horns, piano all on this tiny stage at Ars Nova with us five performers. We had trouble hearing ourselves, so I know I pushed some, especially on my first song…but than it felt like HOME. The audience was a delightful assortment of friends, family and fans. How humbling and exhilarating…the hour flew by..and Erica said “Did we really just do it?”

It was completely sold out and people were turned down to come in so hopefully we can do it again. Holly Anne did a beautiful job of marrying our lives and stories into an interesting piece and created this moving montage of photos we gave her of us in the show and with family set to Jersey Boys girls medley that was cut from La Jolla. I felt so blessed again to be part of this whole family.

Bob Gaudio and Judy, Rick Elice, Jerry Saviola and his sweet wife Mary (Jerry is VP of Grey Advertising and has opened so many doors for me), his friend and producer Rich Aronstein, JLY(come on stay with me John LLoyd), Michael Longoria, Michelle Bosch and Rachelle(our stage mgrs extraordinaire), our dresser Michelle, my friends Rosemarie Himes and Tim Jolley, JB fans, Audrey, Lulu, Pat and her friend (who stayed overnight from Daniels show the night before!), Norene and John from West Point (he was getting over 104 fever and didn’t want to miss it), Christina and Alicia who gave my a beautiful sand dollar from Cape May…Jack who saw our very first preview, Howard, I know I’m forgetting and didn’t see and say hello to you all. THANK YOU FOR COMING. AND OF COURSE my favorite VIP, my husband TIM.

I learned alot in prep for my upcoming Cabaret… more to come and photos too..I’m still trying to come down from the clouds.

8 Comments so far

  1. Christina on August 18th, 2007

    Hey Jennifer!!!!

    I’m so glad you liked the sand dollar. This cabaret was the highlight of my summer. You were amazing!!! I had such a great time. You and the girls and Travis were just so wonderful! I was having so much fun that the night flew by.


  2. A on August 18th, 2007

    One word. Wow. I am so sad that I missed out on this opporunity. It sounds like you had a wonderful time at Journey to Jersey Boys. The whole night sounds great, I just wish I could have been there.
    Talk about a great audience to be performing to! I mean no wonder why it was sold out! Jersey Boys cast, crew, family, fans, that is just spectacular. I am also so happy that Tim got to see you. That in itself must have been a great gift.
    Take your time up on that cloud, its not that often that people get to go there. :)

    See you soon,

  3. Elle on August 19th, 2007

    I’m glad it went so well, Jenn. I’m so sorry I couldn’t come – I’m sure it was absolutely amazing. I was battling a fever, and wasn’t quite as strong as that guy from West Point!

    I will be at your cabaret though, I promise!

    Be well! I’m sure I’ll see ya soon!


  4. Hilary on August 19th, 2007

    I’m so bummed I missed this but I’m happy to hear it went off so splendidly! I saw it was sold out and was so excited for you guys! I spent the weekend in Cleveland so I wasn’t up for the drive from Syracuse to the city. Hopefully I can catch your cabaret but then I’ll be in the middle of nowhere at school. We shall see though!

    Hope all is well!

    Miss Ya,

  5. Wanda on August 19th, 2007

    Jen, OH WHAT A NIGHT is certainly an understatement!!! What love flowing from the stage and from the audience….though I couldn’t be there, I can just feel it from reading your blog and from what others have said. And what a compliment from Rick Elise!!!! Rick speaks for all of us who know you…..I ditto everything he said! It’s a pleasure, an honor and such a blessing to know you. You are the best my friend!!!! It will be such an honor to be at your cabaret and should you, the girls & Travis do this show again (fingers crossed & lots of prayers) I will definitely be there no matter what!!!! YES “the best part of any show you’re in is THAT YOU’RE IN IT!!!! See you very soon!! Love ya, Wanda

  6. Beverley Micciche on August 19th, 2007

    You are a very special and talented person! I am thrilled every opportunity I get to speak to you at the stage door. You connect with your fans in a way that makes us feel close to you. The show was fabulous. I was glad my husband and I attended. I even extended my vacation an extra day in order to be able to go. I loved your dress and especially when you sang the song, “Moving On Up!” You rocked!!

  7. Devon on August 19th, 2007

    Congrats on it going so well, Jennifer! I’m just so glad it was a success and very sad I couldn’t be there to see what sounds like an amazing job well done by everyone.

  8. stacey on August 19th, 2007

    Hi Jennifer,

    MAY I ADD MY CONGRATS TO YOU, THE REST OF THE JERSEY GIRLS & Travis. I may not have been there, but by all the reports & pictures, I know it was fantastic. Your dress…you looked beautiful. I hope that if you all do it again, we will be able to make it. Keep us posted on your cabaret show. I’ll try to make it.
    I can’t wait to see more pictures & hear more about the night. Did anyone record any of it?

    Much love,