October 9, 2009

Jersey Boys Continues to Dazzle DC Critics!

October 9th, 2009

Jersey Boys LogoMore rave reviews for the JERSEY BOYS national tour in Washington, DC! Check these out:

Lucia Anderson, Fredericksburg.com
: “Jersey Boys” is a razzle-dazzle, rockin’ good time for anybody who has ever loved the music of the 1950s and ’60s. It’s easy to see why it captured the 2006 Tony Award for best musical.

Writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice have strung the songs together in a way that highlights the narration by the individual singers, producing an engaging portrayal of the group’s struggle for fame and fortune, the power shifts and tensions among band members and the toll all this took on their personal lives.

Overall, “Jersey Boys” offers its audiences a rousing good time and sends them out on a high.

Aleta Greer, Georgetown Voice: Winner of the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical, Jersey Boys is not a musical in the typical sense of the word—the actors don’t necessarily break out into song each time they tie their shoes—but the show certainly fits the bill in terms of big, glamorous production.

At times quite touching, the show tries to strike a balance between the story of the band and the story of the people behind the name. The big lights and production pieces often overshadow the band mates’ quieter, more personal moments embedded within the show. Those moments, while not part of the giant musical vehicle, help to contextualize the band’s career.

Jersey Boys is charming to its core, especially if, like me, you have a healthy love for musicals. Guaranteed to put a smile on even the most stressed of college students, the show is good for some old-fashioned fun and a night on the town.

Bob Mondello, Washington City Paper
: Mondello states that Jersey Boys is a “winning, by-the-numbers Frankie Valli tribute.” Let Joseph Leo Bwarie’s Valli open up his keening falsetto on “Sherry,” or “Big Girls Don’t Cry” or any of the show’s variously precise evocations of the group’s hits, and the years drop away pretty effectively.

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