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Oh, what a night: it's another fab 'Four'

BY LINDA WINER
NEWSDAY STAFF WRITER
November 7, 2005
 
Why does "Jersey Boys" succeed - and it does, exuberantly - when most jukebox musicals have been a pain in the Broadway butt?

For starters, the creators of the show about Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons don't just love this blue-collar DNA-pop music from the '60s. Authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, director Des McAnuff and choreographer Sergio Trujillo obviously also understand why they love these dopey romantic lyrics with the simple song structures, the gorgeous harmonic blends and the immaculate yet easygoing doo-wop beat.
Unlike the dim-bulb shows that use made-up stories as excuses to plug in hits by Elvis or the Beach Boys, this one is a straightforward biography of the group that defined a slick, street sound. Unlike the recent John Lennon bio, "Jersey Boys" doesn't get artsy with the material or overly selective about history. Nor is this a sanitized, glitz-revue in the tainted tradition of the long-running "Smokey Joe's Café."   JERSEY BOYS TICKETS BROWSE OR BUY ONLINE

Although the Seasons' story has the celebrity genre's usual rise-and-fall trajectory, there is no plane crash or drug overdose by a primary player, no victimization by the Man or The Beatles, no tumultuous trouble with strong drink and weak women.

So this is an upper kind of downer story. Each of the four guys has a chance to narrate his own idea of the glory days of falsetto-highs with "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man" and "Rag Doll." The worst thing that happens involves tax evasion and gambling debts accumulated by Tommy DeVito, the hustler who found Frankie at 15 and put the group together. Besides, Christian Hoff plays him with such sweet grandiosity that, really, it is hard to process the impact of his irresponsibility.

And most of all, we always have Frankie, embodied by John Lloyd Young with unpretentious street-corner swagger and just the right nice-guy ambitions. Young also happens to have a voice that can be buzzy and rough in the middle registers and fly with the beat of pubescent hearts in falsetto. JERSEY BOYS TICKETS BROWSE OR BUY ONLINE

Sure, this is clone theater, note-by-note coverage of songs that combine soapy, commercial sounds with the deep-leaning pulse of a pre-counter-cultural parallel universe in which pop groups wore suits and skinny ties and nobody discussed Vietnam.

McAnuff keeps the show from feeling animatronic. Things are pleasantly underproduced. Klara Zieglerova's set is mostly a chain fence, a metal catwalk and lots of colored lights. Occasionally, a projection of one of those ripoffs of Roy Lichtenstein cartoons will show a woman in tears - useful bits of emotional subtext for a male-driven show in which women are peripheral scolds and bimbos.

Daniel Reichard manages to be both part of the group and above it as Bob Gaudio, who knows T.S. Eliot but still writes hit songs that make "Cry" into three syllables. J. Robert Spencer brings an outsider dignity to Nick Massi, who feels like "the Ringo" of the group. Peter Gregus seems surprisingly gay for the era as producer Bob Crewe, whose contribution as lyricist is glossed over. Gangsters are credible and there is even a guy playing the real Joe Pesci. JERSEY BOYS TICKETS BROWSE OR BUY ONLINE

There are a few lines - about flyovers and day jobs - that sound too contemporary. Otherwise, Brickman, screenwriter for "Annie Hall" and a head writer for Johnny Carson, makes us believe the guys are speaking for themselves. And Trujillo's choreography finds the joy in unisons of pumping elbows and snapping fingers-best of all, without a wink of parody.  
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This musical is billed as the “story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time - Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were 30!” These guys would put bands like ‘N Sync and the Backstreet Boys to shame. The New York Post raved that Jersey Boys is “too good to be true! It’s terrific. The cast is just plain wonderful.” So take a trip back to the 1960s to hear hits like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Oh What a Night.” Get your Jersey Boys show tickets today.

Jersey Boys stars John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli, Christian Hoff as Tommy DeVito, Daniel Reichard as Bob Guadio and J. Robert Spencer as Nick Massi. Although they are all relative newcomers to Broadway, they have been winning over audiences and critics alike. tixx.com has the best Jersey Boys Broadway show tickets waiting for you right now.

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