No big review, but just to let you know what I thought about the musical Jersey Boys, which I saw in Chicago last weekend…
I loved it! Basically, it’s the story of Franki Valli and the Four Seasons, tracking their history from young guys in Jersey to becoming the Four Seasons, and then to becoming Franki Valli and the Four Seasons. The target demographic is probably somewhere a little bit above my age range, but that doesn’t mean I loved it any less. I recognized more of the songs than I expected to. My favorites were “December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)”, “Sherry” (our Franki Valli was played by John Michael Dias, who was so convincing, endearing, cute and little!), and “Cry for Me” (sung during our performance by Shonn Wiley, who played my favorite “character”, Bob Gaudio, and who has an incredible voice). And who can resist a closing number like “Who Loves You”? You can’t help but leave the theatre with a big smile on your face.
The coolest part of the show was without a doubt when the four guys turn around and it feels like you’re on stage with them, lights shining on you and “flashbulbs” going off in the backround scenery. It’s kind of a “you have to see it to understand” moment. And it’s moments like that which make a show worth seeing again and again.
P.S. Jersey Boys received the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical. And the incredible John Lloyd Young won Best Actor in a Musical for playing Franki Valli.