Long ago and far away, well not that far, just in New Jersey and not that long ago just the 1950's and 1960's, there were four lads who were headed down the wrong road, one that could have landed them behind bars. Fortunately for them and for the music world, they detoured and discovered a rhythm and talent that made them headliners. Their intriguing story is captured for all eternity in "Jersey Boys," with book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, music by Bob Gaudio , lyrics by Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo. They will come and sing their story, which resembles a Rocky Road ice cream sundae, alluding to the bumpy road they traveled as well as an ice cream flavor with a base of chocolate or vanilla, studded with nuts and marshmallows. For four young kids from the Garden State who flirt with crime before devoting their time to being crooners, both definitions apply. They definitely knew how to capture a sweet sound, a harmonious taste, and their career clearly was a rocky road journey.
To get better acquainted with these four charming lads, travel to the Palace Theater in Waterbury for a high energy introduction from Wednesday, October 9 to Sunday, October 13 and the meet and greet will be sensational as the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons unrolls before your fascinating eyes. Their story is structured around the four seasons as Tommy DeVito, Spring, Bob Gaudio, Summer, Nick Massi, Fall and finally Frankie Valli, Winter, each tell their version of what happened. Along the way, they wrote their own songs, invented their own sound, sold 175 million records, all before celebrating their big 3-0.
Through trial and error in experimentation as to who fit the membership best, as well as criminal trials for misdemeanors, this quartet of singers struggled to make a name for themselves, to even find a name they liked for their group. Once Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi recruited Frankie Valli and later Bob Gaudio, the troupe was set to explode on the Billboard charts. Soon Gaudio was churning out hits and songs like “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,” giving them entrée into the big time.
Success is not without its price and “Jersey Boys” tells its tale straight up, warts and all. All the time on the road plays havoc with the families left behind and on the guys the fans adore. The struggles for power within the group also take their toll. Tommy DeVito’s gambling addiction almost destroys them until Frankie Valli steps forward and honorably takes on the burden of his debt to the mob.
The guys are great in their roles, making their story real, their struggles believable, their success sweet and undeniable. Come hear Brandon Andrus, Nick Cosgrove, Jason Kappus and Nicolas Dromard bring this quartet of blue collar boys to life strikingly and harmoniously. This great musical stuffed with memorable tunes will have you wanting to dance up the theater aisles.
For tickets ($55 and up), call the Palace Theater, 100 East Main Street, Waterbury at 203-346-2000 or online at www.palacetheaterct.org. Performances are Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Sixteen million people have cheered after seeing this Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning musical. Now it's your turn to shout out your joy!
Let four guys from Jersey adore you with their eyes and their voices as they work their way into your heart.