(l to r) Jason Kappus, Brad Weinstock, Colby Foytik and Brandon Andrus
Photo: Joan Marcus
You won’t be able to take your eyes off of the sensational, harmony-driven lads from New Jersey who will rock the rafters of the Shubert Theater in New Haven for almost two solid weeks of musical fun, Tuesday, September 25 to Sunday, October 7, when the smash 2006 Tony Award winning show “Jersey Boys” bounces into town.
Follow four guys from the Garden State who have to make tough choices on their rocky road to fame and fortune. With book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, and music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe, “Jersey Boys” tells the tale of how Frankie Valli becomes lead singer of The Four Seasons.
With a sweet, honey-dipped sound and a dazzling dream, these young kids flirt with crime and the wrong side of the law but, ultimately, set their careers straight towards stardom. Finding members who fit their sound was the first hurdle. Claiming a name that suited their voices was the second. Avoiding arrest by the cops, reconciling family life with long stints on the road, a gambling addiction and burden of debt all conspire to almost bring them down.
But Frank Valli (a role shared by Brad Weinstock and Hayden Milanes), Bob Gaudio (Jason Kappus), Tommy DeVito (Colby Foytik) and Nick Massi (Brandon Andrus) persevere and go on to sell 175 million records worldwide, all before they hit thirty, with Gaudio and Bob Crewe, their producer/lyricist writing many of the show’s thirty three songs, including five #1 hits and 11 that made the Billboard’s top ten.
Come snap your fingers and hum along to “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Oh, What a Night,” “My Eyes Adore You,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back to You.”
For tickets ($50 and up), call the Shubert, 247 College Street, New Haven at 800-228-6622 or go online to www.shubert.com. Performances are Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Let a quartet of talented guys from Jersey adore you with their eyes and serenade you with their great voices as they work their way into your heart. Oh, what a night!