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for a previous production "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
for a previous production "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
for a previous production "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
for a previous production "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
for a previous production "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
for a previous production "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
for a previous production "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
for a previous production "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
for a previous production "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
for a previous production "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
for a previous production "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
for a previous production "This authentic jukebox musical doesn’t compromise or insult your intelligence; its engrossing, carefully constructed plot with sharp dialogue is actually given heft by the interruptions of hit tunes." Full Review
for a previous production "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
for a previous production "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
for a previous production "Jersey Boys is just another biopic immortalizing a minor celeb's quick rise and a bumpy fall, only in flesh-and-blood 3-D. But we've seen it all before. For those who crave a wallow in the nostalgia at the end of the tunnel, Jersey Boys does no harm; it's a painless, if low-octane, evening." Full Review
for a previous production "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
for a previous production "“Jersey Boys” is no nostalgic stroll down rock’s Memory Lane. It’s a show still dynamically alive in music while, as a drama, it catches the very texture, almost the actual smell, of its time. " Full Review
for a previous production "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
for a previous production "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
for a previous production "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
for a previous production "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
for a previous production "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
for a previous production "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
for a previous production "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
for a previous production "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
See it if you like Frankie Valli's music and love musicals. The music is terrific, singing is great, staging is good. Fun show. very entertaining.
Don't see it if you don;ty like Frank Valli music, musicals, shows about the time period.This show is for everyone but it might not be great for young kids.
See it if you really like The Four Seasons, or just want something fluffy without too much plot.
Don't see it if you want something with wider relevance, or don't like men singing high.
See it if You live Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons music - it’s like going to a live concert, with audiences singing along & grooving in their seat
Don't see it if You don’t know the music - the storyline leaves a bit to be desired.
See it if You listened to the Frankie our Vallie and The Four Seasons. If you like doo wop music. If you have owned albums from the 1950s and 60s.
Don't see it if You hate harmonies, fights, older music, or storytelling from days gone by.
See it if You like the four seasons music and would enjoy a great entertaining show about their back story.
Don't see it if You do not enjoy their music at all otherwise it is a really great musical.
See it if You love boy bands, the story is less important to you than the music, and you love men singing ridiculously high.
Don't see it if You want strong female characters, thought-provoking theater, or you hate New Jersey.
See it if pop music from ANY decade rocks your world. Best jukebox musical ever. Their music is why the show lasted so long. Should have never closed.
Don't see it if jukebox musicals turn you off. I get it, I'm usually w/you, but not w/this one. I can see ANY version of the Boys (cruise ship!) & be happy.
See it if you enjoy the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. One of the most entertaining, well crafted jukebox musicals.
Don't see it if you don't like the music or you hate jukebox musicals.
See it if you haven't seen it yet. It's a must see. I highly recommend it from beginning to end it was entertaining.
Don't see it if Nothing bad to say about this show, it's a must see.
See it if you love frankie vallie and the four seasons, like biopic type plotlines and on stage character narration
Don't see it if you dont like the four seasons or their music
See it if You like the music of Four Seaosns. If you want to enjoy great music.
Don't see it if Don't like the four seasons or music from that era
Also Very nostalgic. Brings back memories. So good!
See it if you like upbeat theater. Mother of all musical biopics.
Don't see it if you want a deep show or if gender and regional stereotypes bother you. Kind of cliché but go with it or stay home.