The JERSEY BOYS national tour company is rocking Baltimore on its return! Check out excerpts from critics all over town:
MDTheatre.com:This production, as part of a national tour that has been in progress for two years, shines by every measure. It is a cornucopia of nostalgia with its hand-clapping songs that bring those of us who vividly recall that era to eye-welling moments throughout. Had the intervals between many of the numbers and the beginning of dialogue not been so short, the thunderous ovations following those that allowed for applause would have extended the show to four hours.
BroadwayWorld.com: Under the direction of Des McAnuff and choreography of Sergio Trujillo, the talented cast and crew changes characters, eras and sets without losing a beat. Musical supervisor Ron Melrose knows how to blend and harmonize it all together. This show is a good example of how a well designed production can cover a lot of ground without loosing fluidity or focus.
The book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice creates a condensed docu-drama style of story-telling. The humor remains fresh, and the elements of bad habits, broken relationships and tragic events so typical of the industry never take away from the music which soars above it all.
Baltimoresun.com: Wrking its way back to the Hippodrome Theatre for the third time in five years, the touring production of “Jersey Boys” again delivers a satisfying combination of hit parade and eventful backstory about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
It’s easy to spot cliches or awkward transitions in “Jersey Boys,” but, as this production reaffirms, it’s even easier to hang on to what it’s got — a handle on a cool, absorbing chapter of pop music history.
DCMetrotheaterarts.com: By show’s end, this production might have you thinking that the actual Four Seasons have returned for a bow. In a sense they have, and for that we say this four-star show fully deserves a fifth — five stars!