It isn’t as easy as it sounds to do a Broadway musical based on a pop score. “Mama Mia” and “Jersey Boys” are exceptions, and now both are making the Fox a great place for some solid-gold fun this year.
“Jersey Boys” has opened a nice run at The Fox, on stage thru March 2nd. It is over-flowing with the music of The Four Seasons and the intoxicating and uniquely powerful falsetto singing style of Frankie Valli. “Jersey Boys” is the story of the fabled singing group from the 1960s and their unfailing popularity that continues in the present day.
The music is what carries the evening. Hayden Milanes played Frankie Valli on press night, and he was able to score in song and in the dramatic elements of Valli’s professional and personal life. (Shaun Taylor-Corbett plays Valli on Thursday and Sunday matinees.) Quinn Vanantwerp plays Bob Gaudio, the creative force behind the music of The Four Seasons.
There’s a great audience expectation as “Jersey Boys” begins and the show does not disappoint. This was the third company of “Jersey Boys” I’ve seen, and it was the best. This production is solid gold entertainment. The music lifts you. The story is a grabber. So walk like a man and go see it. You won’t be disappointed.