June 11, 2010
Long before we met the delinquents of Jersey Shore, there was "Jersey Boys," the musical that took Broadway by storm in 2005. It tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the group that wrote and sang dozens of hits that sold a million records, like "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" and "Walk Like a Man."
The Broadway Across America show, currently on stage at the Murat Theatre, has it all. It's the story of an American Dream that came true for a few blue-collar boys. Four guys from Jersey created a brand new sound that allowed them to rocket up the charts in the 1960s. The boys' unexpected success was, as it always is, both a blessing and a curse.
Joseph Leo Bwarie plays Frankie Valli, the talented lead singer. Bwarie's unbelievable range mimics Valli own unique pitches. We meet Valli when he's an innocent 16-year-old and watch his journey to stardom.
The three other leads, Nick, Tommy and Bob, each narrate a portion of the story and lend their voices to a dozen songs. Tommy, the troubled tough one, Nick, the funny man, and Bob, the talented songwriter all work well together. They are a convincing group, with salty language, teasing interactions and conflicts. They're brothers in all but blood. Their sense of loyalty to each other was born in the Jersey streets and stayed with them throughout their lives.
"Jersey Boys" creates the perfect blend of music and story. It highlights the struggle of the artists, while celebrating the songs they created. It's one of the best new musicals from Broadway in the past decade. Catch it while it's here!
Don't Miss the Show
The show runs until Saturday, July 3 at the Murat Theatre so hurry to get tickets to the show. Tickets can be purchased at Clowes Memorial Hall, The Murat Theatre, by calling (800)-982-2787 or online here. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
Photos courtesy of Broadway Across America