Reporter E. Kyle Minor has a rockin’ review of the JERSEY BOYS second national tour production in New Haven! Check out a snapshot:
Best of all, McAnuff and music director Ron Melrose place the songs, mostly written by original member Bob Gaudio and lyricist-producer Bob Crewe, front and center. Choreographer Sergio Trujillo infuses the songsâ€™ snappy pop rhythms with crisp finger snaps and sharp struts, just like in the old days.
This productionâ€™s 19-member cast does the showâ€™s reputation justice, especially the four leads. Stephen Cerf, Colby Foytikâ€™s understudy, aced the role of group founder Tommy DeVito at Wednesday eveningâ€™s performance. He was every bit as commanding as Brad Weinstockâ€™s Valli, Jason Kappusâ€™ Gaudio and Brandon Andrusâ€™ Nick Massi. It seems that these performers have worked together for years, so sharp are they in their timing and vocal harmonies.
Almost a show in itself, one canâ€™t help but notice, is how many audience members joyously revel uncontained during the performance. The material, indeed, the entire experience, seems to transport these seniors back to their youth, as if they actually see the real Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. They point, wave their arms, cheer, talk to the stage and have the time of their lives, though never interfere.
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