May 29, 2008

Reporter Surprised That Jersey Boys Has So Much Heart!

May 29th, 2008

Anthony Del Valle of the Las Vegas Review-Journal states that Jersey Boys proves the show-biz bio still may have a few surprises in it. The expert production that recently opened at the Palazzo — about, as if anyone still didn’t know, the ups and downs of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons — is, as expected, exciting in its musicianship and staging. The surprise for Del Valle, however, is its heart.

The recent popularity of the jukebox musical — building a plot around a singing group’s repertoire — hasn’t resulted in an explosion of memorable scripts. But book writers Marshall Brickman (co-writer of “Annie Hall”) and Rick Elice infuse the story with an unusual dose of humanity. Sure, they use the pop songs to slightly mock the time period, but the laughs take a back seat to the emotional tugs of war that are going on between and within the characters. Visit the Review-Journal for the rest of Del Valle’s commentary.

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