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posted Friday, March 11, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 11
Four every Season: Jersey Boys get their turn
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Four every Season: Jersey Boys get their turn

by Eric Andrews-Katz - SGN A&E Writer

JERSEY BOYS
PARAMOUNT THEATRE
Through March 13


The Four Seasons are one of the best-known pop groups of American culture. Having produced a unique sound (for its time), lead singer Frankie Valli and members of the Four Seasons have cranked out hit after hit. The story of their group is as fascinating as their music, and this is the story told in the hit musical, Jersey Boys.

The story is divided into four sections - or seasons if you will - each one representing one of the group members' viewpoints. Each member gets their turn (Tommy DeVito-lead guitar, Bob Gaudio-keyboards, songwriting, Nick Massi-bass guitar, and of course, Frankie Valli-vocals. While the versions are more personal and with slightly different viewpoints, depending on which of the group is telling their tale, the story meshes together easily. Together they tell the story of four guys that became some of America's most successful pop artists.

The musical Jersey Boys is not only informative, but it is also entertaining. All the main characters get their moment to shine and present their side of the story. Matthew Dailey plays Tommy DeVito, one of the original members and the man responsible for putting Frankie Valli on stage for the first time. Dailey gives a good performance as the thug-like DeVito, and shows his struggle for control of the group as he loses control of his gambling habits and reasoning. Drew Seeley is Bob Gaudio, the singer/songwriter of the group. His voice is good, blending in with the group easily, and he brings a younger charm to the performance. Keith Hines plays the quiet Nick Massi. The man is a "strong/silent" type (in the show) being a man of little words, but his stage presence is felt whenever he is in view. Aaron De Jesus is Frankie Valli. His voice and appearance are all perfectly in line with the original to the point of thinking De Jesus is a facsimile of Frankie Valli himself.

The star of the show is really the music. The Four Seasons put out many recognizable hits, and many of them we may have forgotten they wrote. Hearing the story of how the songs were formed ("Oh What A Night," or "Can't Take My Eyes Off You") is interesting, showing how much art impersonates life. The four men on stage blend their voices together extremely well, and they deliver the music. Surprisingly, the musical numbers are listed in the program, while in the past they have not been, to surprise the audience when they hear the next song. It is definitely worthwhile to look over the impressive listing (including the "ones that got away" that are not included in the show), and at the slightest glance it will be easy to understand why The Four Seasons were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.



Jersey Boys opened on Broadway on November 6, 2005, at the August Wilson Theatre, where it still plays - more than 4,200 performances to date. Frankie Valli himself approves the actors that represent him on stage. The musical was nominated for eight Tony Awards (2006) and won four, including Best Featured Actor, Best Actor and Best Musical of 2006. In 2014, Clint Eastwood produced a film version.

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