A Layman's Review of Jersey Boys - Houston production
I am not a connoisseur of theatre or music (disclaimer).
"JERSEY BOYS is the new Broadway musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty. "
This production was fast paced, with high energy, a compelling story line, and classic rock and roll songs. The stage play is extremely well written, incorporating the music numbers into the story line without the typical "fantasy" impression when a character breaks into song. The songs carry the emotion of the story, but also prevent the menacing overtones that could have been present.
The cast was delightful. They appeared to be totally immersed in character, and seemed to be enjoying themselves.
I had read numerous reviews, and they were all very positive. But the critics cannot accurately describe the sentiment and mood invoked by this musical. The audience was totally caught up in the story and the characters, and especially in the music. The 16 year old next to me was having as much fun as I was (I grew up with this group).
If you are a music buff who loves "classics," you must see this play. The musical numbers, all original Four Seasons fair, are great.
If you are not a music buff, but are from this era, you must see this play. You will remember places and friends, and relive many moments.
If you are just looking for a good time, you must see this play. It is very entertaining, and you will be intrigued by the story and the people portrayed.
My favorite: old TV footage of the original Four Seasons performance, on big screen, as the actors performed on stage, perfectly in sync. You felt like you were at a live performance, with everything being projected in real time on the big screen.
Worst: I was totally unprepared and shocked at the language. I truly did grow up with this group, and was of the same era. We did not talk that way in South Texas, small town, conservative communities. It may be true to life, but it did put me off a lot! Took a while to "get past it" and into the story.
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