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"It would be just too good to be true that the rest of "Jersey Boys" should achieve this level of conviction. Shaped as a cross between "Dreamgirls" (the Motown heartbreak-of-success musical) and Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas" (the Mafia kneecap-break-of-success movie), the plot follows a much-traveled stretch of highway with few illuminating detours." Full Review
"Jersey Boys is an exceedingly fun and electrifyingly staged tale of the rise and fall of The Four Seasons. The jukebox musical has found its Pal Joey; a bit flawed, but ambitious, gritty, clever and professional." Full Review
"With Jersey Boys, the Broadway musical has finally done right by the jukebox, presenting the Four Seasons' infectiously energetic 1960s tunes as they were intended to be performed. True, the script adheres closely to the dramatic beats of a VH1 biopic. But under Des McAnuff's sleek direction, the result feels canny instead of canned." Full Review
"Jersey Boys is an energizing experience, and a welcome one in a year that's been illuminated by too few outstanding Broadway musicals. And it's all happening at a jukebox show. If it's a shame that there are any at all on Broadway, the best we can hope for from now on is that as many possible will provide the same kind of fun and thrills that Jersey Boys so effortlessly exudes." Full Review
"Yeah, sure. Go see Jersey Boys, subtitled "The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons." So what if the production is so slick that you could slip on it and slide to an untimely end? Fuhgeddaboudit! It's got the Four Seasons songs, an astonishing string of melodic and melodramatic celebrations of adolescent emotion that make this show a highly appealing oldies concert." Full Review
"Jersey Boys is nothing more than 32 songs performed on a cheap-looking set by a high-priced lounge band, strung together like dimestore pearls on the most vapid of all-tell-no-show books. All I can say is that it would be a lot simpler for everyone involved if they'd just move the whole thing to Newark." Full Review
"O.K, so the book is clunky, the backstory is emotionally skeletal and the structure sticks to a generic “VH1 Behind the Music” model, but glance around during the songs in “Jersey Boys” at the middle-age women dancing in their seats while their husbands’ heads bop to the music and it’s clear something is connecting." Full Review
"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 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." Full Review
"Jersey Boys wears its jukebox-musical credentials without apology, and it really rocks. The energy is unstoppable, particularly from the four lead performers. The physical production is impressive with pop-art projections. Jersey Boys shows there still is theatrical life in mining pop hits from the past." Full Review
"A flawed but unexpectedly winning homage to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons...Jersey Boys offers a familiar blend of self-conscious populism and knee-jerk sentimentality. Luckily, the co-librettists manage to mitigate the muck with flashes of easygoing wit. Director Des McAnuff also helps keep the proceedings brisk and breezy. But Boys' real secret weapon is its stars." Full Review
"Jersey Boys is fun, a bit educational, and offers a very good time, with one major caveat. If you were not big on the music of The Four Seasons originally, chances are this may not be something for you. But if you did enjoy hearing them on the radio, or seeing them in person, this is definitely one show to check out." Full Review
"I've simply never before seen an audience so intensely connected with what was happening on stage...It's a musical with very little dialogue, performed by what is essentially a really great Four Seasons cover band...It was as if my fellow audience members were connected to the stage by a rope that was pulling them closer and closer until their happiness became audible, until they were literally singing along. I could see the flashbacks behind their eyes." Full Review
"What distinguishes it from other, less fully realized jukebox musicals is that it has not only charm but also characters and a story with some depth...Although at times the first act progresses at a dizzying pace, and some jokes are more likely to elicit groans than chuckles, director Des McAnuff minimizes these flaws by letting the music and his youthful cast take charge…This spirited show has an engaging balance of street smarts and showmanship savvy." Full Review
"Jersey Boys is quite simply the best jukebox or song-catalog musical so far. It rousingly recreates the catchy songs, convoluted lives and roller-coaster careers of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The story is full of emotional impact from moving to overwhelming. " Full Review
"Maybe I should start by listing all the "jukebox musicals" I've panned - starting with the dreadful pacesetter, "Mamma Mia!" - just so you don't think I'm a pushover. But there's no point in beating around the bush - I had a great time at "Jersey Boys," the new musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons." Full Review
"The Broadway season so far has proved unpredictable, with just one bona fide (and artistically deserving) hit opening since August, the La Jolla Playhouse-spawned “Jersey Boys” ... The burnished show evokes its late 1950s/early 1960s ambience so authentically (the clothes, the haircuts, the attitudes), it now goes beyond nostalgia to something like resurrection." Full Review
"The songs are all flawlessly delivered, without sounding canned. The scenic elements are first-rate. You may emerge a little fuzzy about the family narratives that unfold in this 40-year-story of a singing group. But no matter, it's the music that counts, and it's sheer joy." Full Review
"Jersey Boys is a hybrid, a jukebox musical in motivation but also the musical version of a bio-pic of a singing group. The Four Seasons' story is pretty predictable. It's the music that makes us care, and for this, as with pop music in general, it matters whether pre-Beatles 1960s pop still reverberates in your emotional memory." Full Review
"Jersey Boys may aim only to be a shallow, big-budget, crowd-pleasing jukebox musical, but it’s a model of the genre. The real source of the show’s power—obvious as it sounds—is the songs. McAnuff shows a rare, laudable willingness to stick his finger in the electrical socket of pop music, to take full advantage of the band’s potent catalogue." Full Review
"Jersey Boys features 33 songs, nearly all of them guaranteed to have you dancing in your seat. A first-rate piece of Americana as well as a backstage musical that shines with intelligence and wit.The stage is alive at all times." Full Review
"Jersey Boys, a crowd-pleasing hit about the singing group the Four Seasons, hews to a familiar formula: the Hollywood performer biopic. This well-crafted, emotional musical, infuses these boys' lives with all the pain and glory they experienced. All the Four Seasons' hits are delivered with the full force of a concert performance." Full Review
"Its a fabulous show even if one is not familiar with the songs. The evening that I experienced Jersey Boys it was obvious that the audience consisted totally of Four Season fans and New Jersey residents. I highly suggest that you purchase the CD as youll have the opportunity to not only recall the great music, but some of the dialogue is injected as well." Full Review
"Sometimes a commercial artistic impulse and demography seem to merge in a way that guarantees success. I think we’ll be seeing an example of this phenomenon when the new musical Jersey Boys, about the lives and career of the pre-boomer pop group The Four Seasons, becomes the smash hit it deserves to be." Full Review
See it if you love Franki Valley and the Four Seasons and want to see this show. It will not disappoint you if you are in that camp.
Don't see it if you want to have a traditional musical with well-written book scenes. This show is all about the music, and the book suffers because of that
See it if you want to see a surprisingly slick and well directed and choreographed jukebox musical (prob. the best jukebox musical). Well put together
Don't see it if you hate jukebox musicals or songs of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
See it if you are a fan of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. This is one of the better jukebox musicals.
Don't see it if you have no idea who Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons are. This is a show for the baby boomers (and tourists).
See it if like Frankie Valli (I don't), want a fun, high energy jukebox musical; you know the songs. I was hesitant to go, but glad I did
Don't see it if you don't like Four Seasons songs, want deep meaning in your musicals
See it if You grew up hearing the Four Seasons, love their music, and want to hear their sad story
Don't see it if You are totally unfamiliar with these songs or are insulted by New Jersey jokes
See it if Your primary goal is a fun time at the theater with delightful music performed well. It's pure entertainment.
Don't see it if You're looking for anything surprising or particularly daring or original. It's a bio-musical that just is what it is.
See it if You love Frankie Vallie and The Four Seasons. The ups and downs, amidst the great songs and performances - listen, learn, good times!
Don't see it if You hate the music or don't want to know how a band / any band - gets together.