I gage concerts, movies and shows by the number of times that I look at my phone for the time or to see if anything more interesting is happening in the outside world. As I left ‘Jersey Boys’ at the Civic Center on Tuesday night, it could have been 2:00 a.m. and I would have had no clue. The show was soo good that I didn’t even look at my phone during the entire production. I left the theatre singing the catchy tunes and reciting my favorite one-liners back to my mother.
‘Jersey Boys’ is a documentary-style musical telling the rags to riches tale of The Four Seasons, Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi, one of the best-selling rock ‘n roll musical groups from the 1960’s.
‘Jersey Boys’ showcases the rise of the group, their personal and professional downfalls and of course, their induction into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. With hits such as, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You,” “Earth Angel,” “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Working My Way Back To You,” and “December 1963 (Oh What A Night),” the audience members were constantly moving, clapping and tapping their toes to the phenomenal tunes.
And if the catchy songs and accompanying dance moves weren’t enough, the quick one-liners, sarcastic comments, and strong-willed Jersey characters, easily kept the audiences attention. Just for fun, here’s an example:
Frankie: “That’s why I changed it – Vally, V-A-L-L-Y.”
Mary: “NO! V-A-L-L-I.”
Frankie: “How come?”
Mary: “Because ‘y’ is a bull**** letter. It doesn’t know what it is – is it a vowel, is it a consonant?”
Frankie: “I never thought about it!”
Mary: “Plus, you’re Italian – you’ve gotta end in a vowel. Delgad-o, Castelucci-o, pizz-a, and Vall-i with an I. It says, ‘This is who I am. You don’t like it? Then go f*ck yourself.'”
In my opinion, the personal opinions and side commentary of the group members, which is intertwined with their different perspectives of the story, drives the show and makes it entertaining to watch. I also like that show is set up to showcase the story behind The Four Seasons, while the musical numbers fit into the show where they most make sense.
Did you know that The Four Seasons had 46 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1962 and 1995 and sold over 175 million records before they were 30? With stats like these, how could you not go and see their music showcased in ‘Jersey Boys?’ The show is playing now through Sunday, July 25 at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines starting at $20 a ticket. I highly recommend this show!