June 3, 2006

Enough About Musical Comedies–Jersey Deserves the Tony!

June 3rd, 2006

Washington Post’s Peter Marks had a blast at Jersey Boys. He says if the Tony voters have any sense, they will overlook the fact that Jersey Boys has no original songs — it’s a jukebox show, based on the hits of the Four Seasons — and give it the award next Sunday for best new musical of the 2005-06 season.

Marks caught up with Jersey Boys at the August Wilson Theatre last week, six months after it opened, and it was more impressive than he was prepared for. Although the show is dominated by the electric central performance of John Lloyd Young as falsetto-voiced Frankie Valli, the young actors playing the group’s other members — Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer — are each in their own way indispensable, muscularly rounding out the production’s gleeful swagger.

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