September 24, 2016

Jersey Boys Natl Tour Captivates Cleveland!

September 24th, 2016

Old Ohio can’t get enough of JERSEY BOYS, which is playing at Cleveland’s State Theatre through tomorrow (9/25). Check out snapshots of rave reviews from earlier this week: The story of Valli and the men in The Four Seasons group is powerful. They have their ups and downs in their private and professional lives. They have financial wealth, professional success, and more than enough heartbreak.

The show finds power in 33 songs made famous by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. From “Silhouettes” through the biggest of the big hits “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” “Rag Doll,” and “Oh, What a Night” the performances of The Four Seasons evoke memories and make the evening great fun for all.

The Cleveland audience applauded for most of the songs. Occasionally, a performer raised his hand to quiet the cheering, appreciative audience so the performers could go on with the show. The standing ovation started almost the second the curtain call started. The four leads stood on the stage looking out at the audience, who were giving long, loud cheers. So, are Aaron De Jesus as Frankie Valli, Matthew Dailey as Tommy DeVito, Keith Hines as Nick Massi, and Cory Jeacoma (who joined the tour just last week) as Bob Gaudio as good as their predecessors – as believable, as likable, as talented?

Yes. Yes, they are. All of the cast is strong. Aaron De Jesus stars as Frankie Valli. He creates a real Valli, well duplicating the singer’s famed falsetto. Matthew Dailey, as the often sleazy Tommy DeVito, Keith Hines as the frustrated Nick Massi, and Cory Jeacoma as the prolific, clean scrubbed Bob Gaudio, all shine. Barry Anderson is a hoot as the effervescent Bob Crewe.

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