Are you ready to see a four-time winning Tony Awards show right here in the City of Trees? Presented by Broadway Sacramento, Jersey Boys takes audiences back in time to the 1960s where the joyous harmonies of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons command the pop-music scene. With toe-tapping falsettos, a riveting storyline — and spiffy suits — there’s no question to why this production is so popular.
Photo by Joan Marcus.
Written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice and directed by Des McAnuff, the musical starts off with the group’s petty crime beginnings in Bellville, New Jersey. Eager to move the group out from bowling alleys to the big time, the founding member of the band, Tommy DeVito, relies on the help of a local yet benevolent mobster. With the help of friends in low places, The Four Seasons top the charts with classic hits “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and “Walk Like a Man.” But success comes with a price. Behind the Lurex luster, the show brings to light Tommy’s gambling habit, which leads the group into crippling debt. By the end of the show, the power of friendship overcomes jail time and the group’s sweet harmony lives on.
The talented cast includes Drew Seeley, Keith Hines, Nicolas Dromard, and Hayden Milanes as Frankie Valli. Milanes is a joy to watch and he sings “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” with the talent of the real Valli. The choreographer, Sergio Trujillo, recreated the movements of The Four Seasons impeccably. The amazing set design allows parades of horn musicians to march above the stage, adding to the fun and energy of the musical.
The musical’s uproarious finale. Photo by Joan Marcus
Don’t miss your chance to hum “Sherry baaaaaby!” The Jersey Boys will continue to wow audiences through November 22 at the Community Center Theater. For showtimes and ticketing information, visit the show’s Sacramento365.com event page.
Note: The musical contains sexual situations, drug references, and “authentic Jersey language.”
***This review was written by Sacramento365.com contributor, Ruth Chambers.