I have seen â€œJersey Boysâ€ a total of ten times. Iâ€™ve seen the Off-Broadway production three times, the Broadway production three times, the First National Tour three times, and the Second National Tour once. I plan on seeing the Las Vegas and London productions when they open, as well.
Instead of boring you with a ten-paragraph autobiography, Iâ€™ll just tell you about my most recent viewing of the show â€“ October 6th, 2007.
I had seen Christopher Kale Jones only once before, and he did not impress me. His voice sounded â€œtrained,â€ and did not fit the role as I saw it. But at this show, everything changed. His falsetto improved, and he seemed a million times more comfortable on stage. Not once did I hear him struggle. During â€œFallen Angel,â€ an interpreter dropped something just a few seconds into the song, but Mr. Jones didnâ€™t seem to notice; he was too â€œin the moment.â€ The crowd stood up and applauded Mr. Jones after â€œCanâ€™t Take My Eyes Off of You,â€ and did so once again after the finale. I think they should seriously consider sending him to Broadway to replace John Lloyd Young.
Erik Bates filled in for Steve Gouveia at this show. I knew he played Tommy DeVito once before, but I wasnâ€™t so sure about Nick. He played the roll as it should be played â€“ quiet, uncomplicated, and subtle. And then we hit Act II! Erik gave a wonderful performance. Vocally, he had trouble hitting the lower notes, but thatâ€™s what you get when you get a tenor to play that role. He didnâ€™t force anything, though, which is good. Iâ€™d like to see him go on Broadway, too, when Bobby leaves, or perhaps the Las Vegas production.
Deven May and Erich Bergen both did well. Devenâ€™s solo performances in the first act were heartbreaking; his voice is incredible. Erich seemed a little out of it at that show, for some reason; his timing appeared to be off in some scenes. I noticed that the microphone lift has gone â€˜bye-â€˜bye because of Erichâ€™s fall a while back. Now they bring two microphones out from both sides of the stage.
And what the hell happened to â€œSerbia with titsâ€?