January 14, 2013

Jersey Boys


Jersey Boys, the musical smash based on the band Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, is back in Indianapolis this month. The Broadway Across America show tells the story of the group that wrote and sang dozens of hits, like "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" and "Ragdoll."

From humble beginnings the four Jersey boys rocket up the charts with hit after hit, but the road to success is never easy. Girls, drinking and gambling, the pitfalls are many and hard to avoid. It's hard to resist the bright lights of success and reaching the top can be bittersweet.


The first half of the show builds slowly as the group evolves, finding its name and sound. The second half feels more like an energetic concert as the cast bursts forth with one recognizable hit after another. It’s like having the opportunity to travel back in time and see the band live. The musical is even better the second time around. It gives you the chance to appreciate some of the supporting characters.

Nick Cosgrove plays Frankie Valli, the quartet’s lead singer. He nails Valli’s incredible octave range and makes the audience feel like it’s seeing the real thing. From the second he belts out his first number you know he’s perfect for the part. He has a voice that gives you chills. Bob Gaudio is played by the understudy Tommaso Antico and he knocked it out of the park. He and Cosgrove did were the highlights of the excellent show.


Don't Miss the Show

The show runs until Sunday, Jan. 20 at the Murat Theatre so hurry to get tickets. 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

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