May 14, 2006

Another Critic Lauds Jersey Boys!

May 14th, 2006

After a recent visit to Broadway, Columbus Dispatch critic Michael Grossberg gives Jersey Boys the thumbs-up. He tells readers who may be going to New York to catch some shows that Jersey Boys is one of three shows not to be missed!

Here’s what Grossberg says about the megahit musical:

Creators: Authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, and director Des McAnuff (Tommy).

Focus: The true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, who rose from working-class obscurity to Top 40 success in the 1960s.

Star turns : Making his Broadway debut is John Lloyd Young, an amazing falsetto who resembles Valli. Almost as charismatic are Christian Hoff as mob-indebted Tommy DeVito, Daniel Reichard as smart songwriter Bob Gaudio and J. Robert Spencer as the overshadowed ‘‘Ringo.”

Pros : Oh, what a night — surprisingly touching and full of working-class authenticity, wonderful singing, stylish period choreography and more than 30 Four Seasons songs.

Cons: The creators couldn’t figure out how to fit in more hits, with 19 listed in the program under ‘‘The Ones That Got Away.”

Tour: Almost certain to Walk Like a Man into a national tour, with cities Beggin’ for it to Stay.

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