At the slick biomusical Jersey Boys, Broadway turns one of the most popular and enduring boy bands of the 1960s, the Four Seasons, into one of the most popular and enduring Broadway musicals of the 21st century. The story is told kaleidoscopically, from the POVs of each of the original members: Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi, Bob Gaudio and, of course, honey-voiced frontman Frankie Valli. The Four Seasons churned out hits like laser-guided pop missiles, and they’re all here: “Sherry,” “Walk Like a Man," "Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “December 1963 (Oh, What a Night),” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” and many more. The four hardworking actors portraying the band perform more than 25 songs every night, and it’s a thrill to hear them execute Gaudio’s tight harmonies in person. Thanks to its time-capsule score and its smart mix of candor and nostlagia, Jersey Boys (which won four 2006 Tony Awards) is one of the best Broadway shows for baby boomers. If you snag tickets, you may find yourself surrounded by a crowd of sixtyish women screaming like teenagers at a One Direction gig. Don't be afraid to join in.
What is Jersey Boys?
Jersey Boys is a biographical jukebox musical about the Four Seasons, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. It is directed by Des McAnuff. It began previews on October 4, 2005, and opened on November 6, 2005. It is the winner of four 2006 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Where is Jersey Boys playing?
Jersey Boys plays at Broadway's August Wilson Theatre, located at 245 West 52nd Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue.
When does Jersey Boys play?
Jersey Boys plays eight times a week, on the following schedule: Tuesdays at 7pm; Wednesdays at 2pm and 7pm; Thursdays at 7pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm; and Sundays at 3pm.
How do I get tickets to Jersey Boys on Broadway?
Tickets to Jersey Boys are sold online. They can also be purchased by phone (877-250-2929) or in person at the August Wilson Theatre box office. Tickets cost $47–$172, premium $199–$297. A limited number of $37 tickets are sold via online lottery; entries are accepted until three hours before curtain time. If you’re looking for last-minute tickets, standing-room tickets ($27) may be available at the box office two hours before curtain time, and student-rush tickets ($27) may be available starting at 10AM on the day of the performance.
How long is Jersey Boys?
The running time of Jersey Boys is 2 hours and 15 minutes, with one intermission.
Who is in Jersey Boys on Broadway?
The cast of Jersey Boys currently includes Mauricio Pérez and Dominic Scaglione Jr. (alternating in the role of Frankie Valli), Richard H. Blake (Tommy DeVito), Matt Bogart (Nick Massi), Quinn VanAntwerp (Bob Gaudio) and Peter Gregus (Bob Crewe).
Original Jersey Boys review (2005):
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 (Daniel Reichard) as well as the incorrigibly delinquent Tommy DeVito (Christian Hoff) and the inscrutable Nick Massi (J. Robert 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
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