Jersey Boys Information
After only just a couple months on Broadway following its premiere in November of 2005, Jersey Boys was showered with Tony Awards, winning four categories: Best Musical, Best Actor (John Lloyd Young), Best Featured Actor (Christian Hoff), and Best Lighting Design (Howell Binkley). While there are many music industry musicals out there filled with fluff just to beef up a plotline, the story about the four boys from New Jersey that became the pop stars of their generation is intriguing enough without having to resort to unlikely storylines.
Jersey Boys is the retelling of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, one of the best pop bands to come out of the 1960s and '70s, with hit songs like 'Sherry,' 'Big Girls Don't Cry', and 'Rag Doll' that are featured in the jukebox musical. The songs themselves are clean, classic and catchy doo-wops, but the story of The Four Seasons is anything but wholesome: two band members served a total of 16 years in jail. Jersey Boys the Musical shows how this blue collar group of four transformed themselves into arguably one of the greatest pop-rock bands ever.
What gives Jersey Boys its authenticity and superiority over the others of its genre is not the expectedly exhilarating staging of the popular songs but our growing affection for this group that produced over $100 million in sales. In the end, however, it is the honest and affecting book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice that provides some real insights into the colliding personalities of these incredibly talented young men. Jersey Boys will be coming back to Boston to the Citi Colonial Theatre January 30-March 9, 2013.
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