Running since October 2005 A bio-revue telling the story and singing the songs of the most popular American singing group of the early '60s, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Winner of 4 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
If you warmly recall listening to humable chart-toppers like "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," and "My Eyes Adored You," you are not likely to be disappointed in "Jersey Boys."
The story of four blue-collar kids (Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi) working their way from the streets of Newark to the heights of stardom, this sentimental and heartfelt evening has been an audience favorite for many years.
Casting Notes: "Dancing with the Stars" champion Mark Ballas will assume the role of Frankie Valli beginning 10/18.
While Broadway critics tend to be dismissive of 'jukebox musicals,' this show got fairly strong reviews. The critics were almost universal in their praise of the depth of the spoken stories.
All in all, "Jersey Boys" may be as close to a sure bet as you'll find on Broadway.
2006 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (John Lloyd Young), Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical (Christian Hoff).
2006 Drama Desk Awards: Outstanding Sound Design, Outstanding Actor in a Musical (John Lloyd Young).
2006 Outer Critics Circle Awards: Outstanding Broadway Musical, Outstanding Lighting Design, Outstanding Actor in a Musical (John Lloyd Young).
Not a jukebox musical stuffed with golden oldies so much as a compelling bio-musical, "Jersey Boys" gets plenty of mileage from can't-get-em-outta-your-head classics like "Big Girls Don't Cry" while legitimately employing the music for dramatic purposes.
"Jersey Boys" shows there still is theatrical life in mining pop hits from the past.
(it ) has a flip attitude that perfectly matches the Newark milieu from which the classic pop-rock group sprang.
New York Daily News
The only song I fully recognized was "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," but the sound of their four-part harmonies and Valli's eerily high voice (all of which are stunningly reproduced here) brought back the feeling of that innocent time wonderfully.
New York Magazine
Jersey Boys may aim only to be a shallow, big-budget, crowd-pleasing jukebox musical, but it's a model of the genre.
New York Post
...a show still dynamically alive in music while, as a drama, it catches the very texture, almost the actual smell, of its time.
New York Times
Like Mr. Valli, Mr. Young has a quirky authenticity that can't be faked or learned. His intense belief in his character shimmers like sunlight amid the fluorescence of "Jersey Boys."