January 19, 2006

Jersey Boys Proves Jukebox Musicals Can Have Substance

January 19th, 2006

In a previous post, Jersey Boys Bog asked the question, Jersey Boys: A Rock Biography or a Jukebox Musical?? Although Chris Byrne of Gay City News believes that it is a jukebox musical, it demonstrates that the maligned genre is not all bad. He writes,

    “Jukebox Musical” has become a term that is generally used derisively by the theatrical cognoscenti. But, with “Jersey Boys,” writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, composer Bob Gaudio, and lyricist Bob Crewe have demonstrated that there might be decent shows to be developed from pre-existing material.

Jukebox or not, it doesn’t matter where the music comes from as long as it rocks, and Jersey Boys rocks with a heartbeat that’s within the common man.

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