This past Thursday night, I was lucky enough to see the Broadway show Jersey Boys, which tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons (the original quartet consisting of Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi). It might seem strange to be reading about a Broadway show and a blog that primarily focuses on classic rock, but the acclaimed American band’s music earned them a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Below is the band performing some of their biggest hits.
Not much about the band was widely known before the release of the play in 2005- which is strange due to the large success they achieved during their run. The list of number ones included Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry and December 1963 (Oh, What a Night), all of which are featured in the show. Many other hits from the band are featured throughout the show such as Walk Like a Man and Rag Doll.
Knowing many songs from the Four Seasons’ catalog, I knew I was in for a good show, but the telling of the story is what made it really great. Not many are familiar with the background of the band, and while a few small things were altered from the original story, it was informative in an entertaining and in-depth way. Parts made you laugh and smile for the band, while one scene moved much of the audience to tears. I won’t give away any spoilers, but Frankie Valli said that when he saw that particular scene in the show, it was gut-wrenching and made him remember exactly how he felt at that point in his life. Charting the band’s rise to fame in the pre-Beatles ’60s and then their slow demise, the show reflects the struggles that four men can face when working together (and dealing with the Jersey Italian mob!). But the show ends on a high note, and everyone at my show walked out with a huge smile and humming the songs.
Every broadway show has a show-stopping moment, and when the actor playing Frankie Valli (Dominic Scaglione Jr., who shares his role twice a week with Joseph Leo Bwarie) took the stage by himself for three and a half minutes belting out Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, the entire crowd was nothing short of amazed. Personally, one of my favorite things about Broadway is seeing people live their dream daily, and due to the emotion and happiness that was shown on his face during and after the song, I could tell this was exactly where he wanted to be.
My personal favorite by the Four Seasons, Beggin’, was also featured in the musical, and I was not disappointed with it’s performance. Watch a clip of it below. (The actor playing Valli is Jarrod Spector)
The Four Seasons still hold a lot of influence today, and they’re songs are instantly recognizable and well-loved. The broadway musical only boosted their fame to even greater heights for a newer generation, and both the young and elderly go to see the musical that’s earned so much praise (and numerous awards) the past few years. So, if you’re a fan of the ’60s and the Four Seasons, don’t miss out on this show- the songs stay faithful to the originals and you feel as if you could be at one of their concerts.
Don’t miss the upcoming Jersey Boys movie directed by Clint Eastwood!
- Jersey Boys – Broadway (sarahviews.com)
- Photo Flash: First Look at JERSEY BOYS’ New Frankie Valli- Dominic Scaglione Jr. (broadwayworld.com)
- Frankie Valli Uk Tour – Fan Club Get Togethers (thatfourseasonssound.typepad.com)