On the Stage: Jersey Boys

Let’s just get the obvious question out of the way: Yes, this is my favorite Broadway show ever. Jersey Boys is one of the most popular shows to hit the stage because it’s certainly more adult than other shows as well as being historical in some aspects.

This show is about the lives of the members of the Four Seasons, a band in the 1960s and 70s who became well known for their unique harmony which included the high-pitched vocal stylings of Frankie Valli. The show is narrated by Tommy DeVito, a streetwise guy from New Jersey that was always trying to make a buck quick and easy. His efforts often landed him and his pals in jail. Tommy knew that if you got famous by being in a band, you basically had the world on a string. He tried for years to find an entertaining and unique mix of singers, sounds, looks, and band names so that he could realize his dream of making it big. That’s when he met little Frankie Valli. Frankie’s weird soprano voice was just what Tommy and the boys needed to get out of town. And it worked.

The band clawed their way through the charts over the next years, and the guys were living the high life. Even though they had families at home, they spent time on the road with plenty of booze, drugs, and other women to keep them happy. But, like most bands, the rigors of touring took a huge toll on the men and their families. And the band eventually split apart.

There’s lots of cursing, adult situations, and fast-paced shenanigans during this show; there is never a lull in the action. And we even learn that Tommy DeVito started working for actor Joe Pesci after his time in the Four Seasons; Joe was a street kid that once looked up to Tommy while he was still trying to make it big.

This rollicking, hilarious, emotional, and endearing show will be one for the ages.

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