November 12, 2015

Jersey Boys Tour Captivates at Centre in the Square in Kitchener!

November 12th, 2015

The JERSEY BOYS national tour is playing in Kitchener, Ontario through November 15 to awesome crowds! Check out snapshots to reviews! The entire company is fantastic. There was a visible shift in the audience as Aaron De Jesus hit his first high notes as Frankie Valli. It almost appeared as if some audience members were transported back in time. People excitedly looked at one another as if to say, “This is the real deal. Its happening”, others started quietly singing along to familiar tunes. From the very start, this dashing cast had the audience in the palms of their hands. Mr. De Jesus’ talents go far beyond his singing though. His performance is breathtaking as we see Frankie grow up from a gullible young eager-to-please kid, to a successful performer, and tortured friend and father. Also breathtaking are the other 3 members of the Four Seasons. As the young and sexually inexperienced, yet, talented and business-savy Bob Gaudio, Drew Seeley is dashing and funny. As Nick Massi, the self-proclaimed ‘Ringo’ of the group, Keith Hines is absolutely fantastic at portraying a character who at first, may seem somewhat bland and simple, but in reality is in fact made up of layers of complexity. His delivery of his lines had the audience in hysterics, and his monologue near the end of the show had us all wanting to give him a hug. Lastly, there is Matthew Daily as Tommy DeVito. I think it is fair to say, that everyone knows a Tommy DeVito. The guy who does all the wrong things for…mostly the right reasons; the guy who thinks he’s helping but mostly just complicates things further; the guy who you feel forever indebted to and who, if not for circumstance, could have been you. Mr. De Jesus and Mr. Daily beautifully portray this dynamic between Frankie and Tommy. In addition to the four leads, the rest of the company shines in this production as well. Jersey Boys is fun and the music is good, with catchy songs made famous by the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, tunes such as “Sherry” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” A rousing standing ovation at the end of the performance indicated Franki Valli and The Four Seasons are as much a hit now as they were five decades ago.

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