May 11, 2006

Jersey Boys–A Strong Tony Contender

May 11th, 2006

In The Envelope, the Los Angeles Times Ultimate Awards website, reporter Paul Sheehan talks about the Tony Award Best Musical contenders ahead of the May 16 nominations. Among the frontrunners, Sheehan lists The Color Purple, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Wedding Singer, and of course, Jersey Boys. Here’s what Sheehan said about Jersey Boys:

This tale of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons garnered respectable reviews and is proving to be an audience favorite. It also has endless touring possibilities — those all- important road producers form a powerful voting bloc for the Tonys, though few sit on the nominating committee. The sure direction of Tony winner Des McAnuff (Tommy) and a solid book co-written by Oscar winning screenwriter Marshall Brickman (Annie Hall) elevate this show above the standard issue jukebox musical (see last season’s All Shook Up or Good Vibrations, or, on second thought, don’t!) Look for lead John Lloyd Young, making his Broadway debut, to be a strong contender for Best Actor.

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