JERSEY BOYS is playing at the Tulsa PAC through Sunday with critics & crowds going wild! Check out a sneak peek of the rave review on TulsaWorld.com:
What’s most intriguing about this production is how De Jesus gets across the development, the maturation of Valli’s voice. In his first scenes, De Jesus plays up a nasal tone — it sounds young and uncontrolled — but when the Four Seasons don the red jackets to perform “Sherry” for the first time, the change in De Jesus’ voice is startling.
Frankie Valli is a marathon of a role, and De Jesus is excellent in it. He makes one see this character truly grow up — when he finally explodes at DeVito over the mess he’s put the band in, De Jesus gives the moment such energy that it’s electrifying.
Dailey plays DeVito as a guy who doesn’t quite have enough oily charm to cover his thuggish personality, whose need for control points out his deep insecurities. Seeley’s Gaudio, on the other hand, is a clear-sighted pragmatist, with just enough innocence to sell “December 1963 (Oh What a Night).”
Oklahoma native Keith Hines takes the “man of few words” qualities of Nick Massi to the extreme — he makes Massi’s terse lines sound as if speaking is something Massi’s mouth isn’t quite comfortable doing. But that also makes the moment when Massi unloads a decade’s worth of grievances about DeVito’s personal habits that much more a comic highlight.
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