Between 1962 and 1975, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons racked up an astonishingly long string of catchy, well-crafted pop hits that are as beloved as any in pop music. These time-tested songs are the central draw of the massively popular, Tony Award-winning (for Best Musical) Jersey Boys. But this is far more than a rote musical revue, or just another re-creation of a popular oldies act. It’s a real musical play, with a compelling street-to-suite storyline, a fair share of drama, and enough humor and uplift to satisfy both the theater veteran and the vacationing family (with a mild warning for some salty, Jersey-esque language).
A dazzlingly visual production that crackles with energy and shines with precision stagecraft, Jersey Boys has already had an enthusiastic post-Broadway life. With its visual wow factor and an excitingly faithful re-creation of the Four Seasons’ music, it just may be the perfect vehicle to break the theatrical Vegas jinx (which has seen other Tony winners such as Hairspray, The Producers, and Spamalot slink off in defeat) and settle in for a long run.