Entertainment :: Theatre

Jersey Boys

by Christopher Verleger
Contributor
Tuesday Aug 21, 2012
  • PRINT
  • COMMENTS (0)
  • LARGE
  • MEDIUM
  • SMALL
Brandon Andrus, Brad Weinstock, Jason Kappus and Colby Foytik in "Jersey Boys" at Providence Performing Arts Center
Brandon Andrus, Brad Weinstock, Jason Kappus and Colby Foytik in "Jersey Boys" at Providence Performing Arts Center  (Source: Joan Marcus)

"Jersey Boys," the 2006 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical, returns to the Providence Performing Arts Center with all the style, energy and excitement to be expected of a stage production about one of the biggest pop music sensations in American history, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

Four immensely talented young men are cast in the lead roles of this touring production that delights and dazzles from beginning to end. Jason Kappus is cast as songwriter Bob Gaudio, Colby Foytik portrays the troubled founder of the band, Tommy DeVito, Brad Weinstock is the alter ego of a young Frankie, both in sound and appearance, and Brandon Andrus rounds out the foursome as Nick Massi.

Act One, narrated by Tommy and Bob, shows the band’s rise to stardom, from blue-collar boys to hit-making superstars. Their captivating success story is brutally honest, conveying the hardships of life on the road and its effect on their families and each other.

Four immensely talented young men are cast in the lead roles of this touring production that delights and dazzles from beginning to end.

Act Two, as told by Nick and Frankie, examines the unfortunate breakup of the original Four Seasons and the lengths Valli goes to in order to keep the band’s music alive. Having achieved arguably the pinnacle of fame and fortune by the age of thirty, Frankie refuses to believe the only way to go is down.

The storyline is accompanied by spectacular, spot-on renditions of the band’s seemingly endless catalog of recognizable classic hits, including "Big Girls Don’t Cry," "Sherry," "Can’t Take My Eyes Off You," and "Walk Like A Man." The audience is given a front-row seat and occasional backstage view of the band’s performances at concert halls, clubs and before the television camera.

Bob Gaudio’s outstanding original music, coupled with conductor Jo Ann Daugherty and the "Jersey Boys" orchestra, makes for an unforgettable evening of music.

The superlative sound, the compelling story and the elaborate sights of this production are fittingly reminiscent of another Four Seasons’ hit, "December, 1963." Oh, what a night!

"Jersey Boys" runs through September 2 at Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street in Providence. For info or tickets, call 401-421-2997 or visit the

Chris Verleger is an avid reader, aspiring novelist and self-professed theater geek from Providence. Email cwverleger1971@yahoo.com.

Comments

Add New Comment

Comments on Facebook