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Jersey Boys Bedazzles Buffalo




JERSEY BOYS, the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical, received rave reviews in Buffalo at the Shea Performing Arts Center, where it opened Friday, April 23 (performances began April 21) and will play through Sunday, May 9.  From Buffalo, JERSEY BOYS will play Providence, RI’s Providence Performing Arts Center Wednesday, May 12 through Sunday, June 6.

Buffalo News’ Colin Dabkowski writes “Immaculately produced, directed and performed…Like so many pieces of film, theater and television before it, JERSEY BOYS derives much of its wide and growing appeal from the quintessential American fascination with the tragedy of celebrity, success and inevitable corruption. In the case of The Four Seasons, we learn, the corruption was there in the first place, which makes their success that much more improbable and fascinating. It should come as no surprise that “Jersey Boys” is produced with a mechanized degree of precision…No surprise either that the music is irresistible.”

To read the entire review, click here: http://www.buffalonews.com/2010/04/22/1027331/well-crafted-jersey-boys-hits.html

Buffalo Rising’s Kristen Becker writes “The four actors in the lead roles nailed the rock show feel with every number. All thirty-three. That’s right, thirty three musical numbers, and a show that spans forty some odd years. The only way to put that much into a show and explore that many years without losing your audience is through meticulous execution…The entire cast should be commended for the teamwork displayed onstage. It’s not as easy as they made it look.  Bravo to the cast, the writers and the crew for a remarkable show. If I believed in rating systems, it would be four out of Four Seasons (Sorry, the “star” rating system was taken).”

To read the entire review, click here:  http://www.buffalorising.com/2010/04/jersey-boys-not-just-your-parents-musical.html

Art Voice critic Anthony Chase writes “The national tour of JERSEY BOYS at Shea is everything you could possibly want it to be—energetic, passionate, visually stunning, and musically uplifting. The story of how four young guys from New Jersey overcame obstacles and personal strife to hit the top of the pop charts and achieved recording immortality as the Four Seasons is brilliantly told and marvelously affecting. And the touring cast is first rate.  Charismatic Joseph Leo Bwarie (rhymes with Sherry) has star power in his own right, and tears up the stage as Frankie Valli. He’s handsome, he’s graceful, he’s a terrific actor—and he really does sing like an angel. He is matched by Matt Bailey as Tommy DeVito, Steve Gouveia as Nick Massi, and Ryan Jesse as Bob Gaudio.  Best of all, JERSEY BOYS gives thrilling renditions of the Four Seasons’ most familiar hits, and places them in thrilling dramatic context—‘Sherry,’ ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry,’ ‘Walk Like a Man’—and the 11 o’clock number, ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,’ sends us soaring.”  

To read the entire review, click here:  http://artvoice.com/issues/v9n17/theaterweek

The Post-Journal’s Robert W. Plyler writes “If you love the sounds of early rock and roll – and I find that most people usually do – you’ll want to wend your way to Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo to see and hear the professional touring company of JERSEY BOYS. In the words of the Four Seasons, ‘Oh, What a Night!’”  

To read the entire review, click here: http://www.post-journal.com/page/content.detail/id/556410.html?nav=5068

97 Rock Radio DJ Larry Norton raves “It’s SEXY, FUN, a GREAT time!”
Star 102.5 Radio DJ Rob Lucas raves “GO SEE THE SHOW!”
The cast of JERSEY BOYS is lead by Matt Bailey (Tommy DeVito), Joseph Leo Bwarie (Frankie Valli), original Broadway cast member Steve Gouveia (Nick Massi), Ryan Jesse (Bob Gaudio), with Jonathan Hadley and Joseph Siravo.

The ensemble of JERSEY BOYS includes Michelle Aravena, Candi Boyd, Sarah Darling, Christopher DeAngelis, John Michael Diaz, John Edwards, Graham Fenton, John Gardiner, Buck Hujabre, Denise Payne, Nathan Scherich, Brian Silverman, Courter Simmons, Ryan Strand, Kara Tremel, Mark Verdino and Kevin Worley.

JERSEY BOYS is the winner of the 2006 Best Musical Tony Award®, the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album and the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical.
Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Des McAnuff, JERSEY BOYS is written by Academy Award-winner Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.
JERSEY BOYS opened at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway to critical acclaim on November 6, 2005.  The JERSEY BOYS National Tour opened to rave reviews in San Francisco on December 1, 2006, played a record-breaking run in Los Angeles and is still breaking house records in cities across North America.  There are six current productions of JERSEY BOYS:  New York, London, Las Vegas, Toronto, a US National tour, and Melbourne, Australia.
JERSEY BOYS is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. It’s a journey of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were thirty.
The Original Broadway Cast Recording of JERSEY BOYS was produced by Bob Gaudio, and was recently certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The cast recording is now available on Rhino Records. JERSEY BOYS: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons (Broadway Books) is the official handbook to the smash Broadway hit.


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