March 26, 2011

Jersey Boys Shines at The Straz Center!

March 26th, 2011

The JB national tour Four Seasons: Steve Gouveia, Joseph Leo Bwarie, Quinn VanAntwerp and Matt Bailey (Photo Credit: Joan Marcus)
St. Petersburg Times Performing Arts John Fleming states that the JERSEY BOYS national tour production hits all the right notes in its return to the Straz Center. Check out a preview to this fantastic review:

The first act of Jersey Boys is like a time capsule of pop music history. When Bob Gaudio sits down at the piano to play a song he has just written, then is joined by Frankie Valli and two other guys in the soaring harmonies of Cry for Me, the sound of the Four Seasons is born. This spine-tingling moment comes about 20 minutes into the musical, which opened a return engagement Wednesday at the Straz Center, but it’s only the beginning as the group soon launches into a string of early ’60s hits in exhilarating succession: Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry and Walk Like a Man.

Much of the success of Jersey Boys is owed to the lush vocal arrangements by Ron Melrose and Steve Orich’s punchy orchestrations, especially the brass and percussion. With nice theatrical flair, conductor John Samorian and the orchestra players come out of their hiding place to appear onstage in the finale.

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