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Jersey Boys on Broadway: Tickets, reviews and video

For Four Seasons fans in NYC, Broadway's Jersey Boys is a sharp and stylish tour behind the music, full of great tunes and adventures from the road. Oh, what a night!

Photograph: Joan Marcus
Photograph: Joan Marcus
Photograph: Joan Marcus
Photograph: Joan Marcus
Photograph: Joan Marcus
Photograph: Joan Marcus
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August Wilson Theatre. Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. Music by Bob Gaudio. Lyrics by Bob Crewe. Dir. Des McAnuff. With Matt Bogart, Drew Gehling, Jeremy Kushnier, John Lloyd Young. 2hrs 15mins. One intermission.

Thanks to this slick biomusical, the Four Seasons may be the only boy band to ever elicit swoons from baby boomers and millennials in equal measure. The making-of-the-band NYC Broadway show is told kaleidoscopically, from the POVs of each of the original members—Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi, Bob Gaudio and, of course, the honey-voiced Frankie Valli. The Four Seasons famously churned out hits like laser-guided pop missiles, and they’re all in here: “December 1963 (Oh, What a Night),” “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” etc. But the four hardworking actors portraying these fellas do something that the real quartet never had to—between them, they croon more than 25 songs every night. It’s a thrill to hear them execute Gaudio’s tight harmonies in person, especially with the original faux-Frankie (John Lloyd Young) still on lead vocals. If you manage to snag Broadway tickets to Jersey Boys, be forewarned that you’ll likely be surrounded by a crowd of fiftyish women screaming like teenagers at a One Direction gig. Decompress after the show with a drink in Times Square.—Jenna Scherer

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August Wilson Theatre: Information and map

August Wilson Theatre
245 W 52nd St
Midtown West
New York

Cross street
between Broadway and Eighth Ave



Subway: C, E to 50th St; N, Q, R, 42nd St S, 1, 2, 3, 7 to 42nd St–Times Sq; N, R to 49th St
How to get to the August Wilson Theatre

Jersey Boys review

A star is reborn in Jersey Boys when the puppyish John Lloyd Young takes vocal wing, channeling the legendary thrills and trills of Four Seasons frontman Frankie Valli. As Young's bright falsetto rings through the air, the August Wilson Theatre becomes a rejuvenation room, transforming baby boomer women into screaming Valli girls in the throes of Young love.

With Jersey Boys, the Broadway musical has finally done right by the jukebox, presenting the Four Seasons' infectiously energetic 1960s tunes as they were intended to be performed. True, the script adheres closely to the dramatic beats of a VH1 biopic: building bridges in the first act, delving into tunnels in the second. But under Des McAnuff's sleek direction, the result feels canny instead of canned. And Bob Gaudio's music, as sung by a dynamic cast and shaped by Steve Canyon Kennedy's exemplary audio design, sounds as good as it ever did (and sometimes—blasphemy!—even better).

That the audience responds to the actors as though they were the Four Seasons themselves is testament to Jersey Boys' equanimity in its treatment of its lead characters, who include the affable Gaudio (Reichard) as well as the incorrigibly delinquent Tommy DeVito (Hoff) and the inscrutable Nick Massi (Spencer). As each of these men—clean-cut singers with rough-hewn pasts—tells his side of their history, it becomes clear that although Young may lead the pack, this is a ultimately a show for all Seasons.—Adam Feldman

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Jersey Boys original cast & crew

John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli
Christian Hoff as Tommy DeVito
Daniel Reichard as Bob Gaudio
J. Robert Spencer as Nick Massi
Peter Gregus as Bob Crewe
Mark Lotito as Gyp DeCarlo
Michael Longoria as Joe Pesci
Donnie Kehr as Norm Waxman
Steve Gouveia as Hank Majewski
Tituss Burgess as Barry Belson
Jennifer Naimo as Mary Delgado
Erica Piccininni as Lorraine
Sara Schmidt as Francine
Des McAnuff - Director
Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice - Book
Bob Gaudio - Music
Bob Crewe - Lyrics
Sergio Trujillo - Choreographer
Klara Zieglerova - Scenic Design
Jess Goldstein - Costume Design
Howell Binkley - Lighting Design
Steve Canyon Kennedy - Sound Design
Michael David, Edward Strong, Rocco Landesman, Des McAnuff, Joseph J. Grano, Pelican Group, Tamara Kinsella and Kevin Kinsella - Producers

Jersey Boys awards

2006 Tony Awards

  • Best Musical
  • Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical - John Lloyd Young
  • Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical - Christian Hoff
  • Best Lighting Design of a Musical - Howell Binkley

2006 Drama Desk Awards
  • Outstanding Actor in a Musical - John Lloyd Young
  • Outstanding Sound Design - Steve Canyon Kennedy

2007 Grammy Awards
  • Best Musical Show Album - Original Broadway Cast

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Gayle Short
Gayle Short

I was very disappointed in all of the unnecessary swearing and inappropriate language. The story and the music were great but ruined with the language. I would have walked out if I had not driven others that were willing to tolerate the language. None of us would have gone if we had known about all the inappropriate language.