June 29, 2006

Jersey Boys–Feels Like a Great Concert!

June 29th, 2006

LACityBeat.com’s Don Shirley provides a survey of recent New York productions that have ties to Southern California. Here’s what he says about Jersey Boys:

Drowsy’s chief competition in the awards for best new musical this year was Jersey Boys, another import from Southern California. This biographical Four Seasons musical, which uses the group’s hits as its score, originated at La Jolla Playhouse. Des McAnuff, who announced last week that he’s stepping down as artistic director of the playhouse – for the second time in his career – staged Jersey Boys with such a stylish pop-art sheen and such appealing performances that it’s easy to forget the script is standard-issue. The evening almost feels like a great concert. I’ve never seen an audience linger so long after the curtain call in order to hear the band perform the exit music.

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