October 12, 2007

Marshall Brickman Reflects on Jersey Boys

October 12th, 2007

Philip Potempo of NWI.com states that it’s been nearly two years since its smash Broadway debut, but Academy Award-winning writer Marshall Brickman says he’s still amazed at how popular Jersey Boys remains.

The musical story of singer Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons premieres in Chicago at the LaSalle Bank Theatre, 18 W. Monroe Ave., with the official press opening on Sunday.

Unlike Brickman’s other projects, Jersey Boys has an energy and appeal that exceeds any “usual entertainment formula.”

“When I was first asked to write this musical with Rick Elice, I didn’t want to,” says Brickman, 66, who won a 1977 Oscar for the “Annie Hall” screenplay he wrote with Woody Allen.

“I knew who Frankie Valli was, but I didn’t care about writing his story for the stage.”

After some pushing in 2003, Brickman reconsidered, and after negotiations for the rights to the group’s song catalogue and some long writing months, the show was born.

Read the full article on NWI.com.

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