September 10, 2011

Jersey Boys Is Awesome In Omaha!

September 10th, 2011

Jeff Korbelik of the Lincoln Journal Star notes that he rarely sees musicals a second time; however, he’ll be making a return trip to see JERSEY BOYS! Check out why:

The touring cast is exceptional, sounding just like the Four Seasons. Joseph Leo Bwarie leads the way with a dead-on falsetto of Valli. Matt Bailey (as DeVito), Quin VanAntwerp (as Gaudio) and understudy Adam Zelesko (as bassist Nick Massi) also were impressive. The script allows for each band member to shine, letting them to tell the Four Seasons story as they remember it.

Equally impressive was the staging. Directed by Des McAnuff, the musical is fast-paced with more than 25 numbers featured and just as many scene changes. The Jersey Boys Orchestra, led by conductor John Samorian, moved effortlessly on and off stage.

It led me to wonder how in the heck an educational or community theater would handle this if the rights ever become available. The scene changes were that tricky and complex.

In the end, the story and music are what drives the show. I don’t often see musicals a second time, but this is one I would go to again.

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