Jersey Boys

Theater , Musicals August Wilson Theatre , Midtown West Until Sunday January 15 2017
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Jersey Boys
Photograph: Joan Marcus

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.

Running Time: 2hrs 15mins. One intermission.

Venue name: August Wilson Theatre
Address: 245 W 52nd St
New York

Cross street: between Broadway and Eighth Ave
Transport: Subway: C, E to 50th St; N, Q, R, 4nd St S, 1, 2, 3, 7 to 42nd St–Times Sq; N, R to 49th St
Price: $47–$172, premium $199–$297
Event phone: 877-250-2929
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Maria M

One of the most fun plays I've ever seen! It's great for anyone, from kids to the elderly. Though I've seen the show years ago and the cast may not be the same, the music will get you dancing in your seat (or standing by the end of the play!) and you'll be singing along. Highly recommend the play!


Color me all kinds of surprised with how much I loved this musical, as a millennial who associates "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" with Heath Ledger in 10 Things I Hate About You. Jersey Boys rises above the typical jukebox musical due to the delightfully smart story set up. 

I transported right to the 1960's thanks to Franki Valli talking directly to the audience about the ups and downs of the Four Seasons. The music is lively and entertaining, the best coming from the high falsetto of Franki Valli's portrayer.  

Great for all ages, both young and old!