December 14, 2006

One Critic Can’t Stop Raving About JB in SF!

December 14th, 2006

After attending Sunday’s opening night performance,’s critic Chad Jones gave Jersey Boys a four-star review! Well, on his Theater Dogs blog, Jones continues to sing the praises of the national tour production, the four young talented actors playing the pop icons, the Four Seasons, and the audience’s reaction to this phenomenal show. Here’s a bit more of what Jones had to say:

I feel the need to review the opening-night audience as well. If you’ve ever been to an official press opening, you know how weird they can be. You’ve got stodgy old critics like me, pens in hand, who don’t respond much, and then you have all the invited guests (that is, people who got their tickets for free) over-reacting, so the response is far from natural.

That wasn’t the case Sunday at Jersey Boys, which, if you don’t know, is the musical biography of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The mostly middle-age (and older) crowd whooped and hollered and carried on such that the show stopped no fewer than three times — after “Sherry’’ and “Walk Like a Man’’ in Act 1 and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’’ in Act 2. The actors had to hold while the audience made repeated attempts to tear the roof off the theater. My personal favorite Seasons song is “December, 1963 (Oh What a Night),’’ which opens the show (in its hit 2000 French hip-hop version), reappears in an Act 1 deflowering scene, and then keeps the blood pumping at the top of Act 2.

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