March 23, 2012

Jersey Boys Las Vegas Rocks at New Paris Home!

March 23rd, 2012

Jersey Boys Las Vegas Four Seasons: Rob Marnell, Deven May, Travis Cloer & Jeff Leibow (Photo Credit: Joan Marcus)

Last week’s JERSEY BOYS Las Vegas Opening Night at their new home at Paris was one of the most memorable nights in Sin City! Here’s a snapshot of two rave reviews:

Steve Bornfield, Jersey Boys catapults beyond the sensational into the emotional. Yes, you can sing to it, foot-tap to it, even leap from your seat and twist and shout to it. But you can also feel it in your gut, not just stare at it in awe, inviting your heart in on the experience that your eyes and ears are having. That’s a relative rarity in a city whose entertainment ethos now is obsessed with spectacles assaulting the senses. Tourists—and locals—perusing their choices will find that Jersey Boys is a tasty cut of meat on a menu dominated by exotic desserts.

Mike Weatherford, Las Vegas Review-Journal: There is much more to celebrate in “Jersey Boys,” which looks to be good to go for a few more years at Paris Las Vegas (where a more welcoming offer ended a three-year run at the Palazzo). Even if you didn’t grow up on Frankie Valli’s voice, you can watch it again just to study the mechanisms of how director Des McAnuff created a cinematic flow; how three women, for instance, change costumes to play dozens of parts.

It’s a guy’s guy musical from writers (Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice) who come from outside the theater world; no tweener show tunes for the “Glee” club here. And it’s the rare piece allowed to live on the Strip with any drama or underlying gravity…Most of the cast transfers over as well, creating a tight ensemble, particularly among the four leads, as teenage loyalties are stressed until they explode. And when they reach the “winter” of the tale, the Seasons carry themselves as noticeably older, world-weary men.

Stay tuned this weekend for the JBB JERSEY BOYS Las Vegas Paris Opening re-cap and slide show!

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