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Jersey Boys gets raves in Providence




JERSEY BOYS, the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical, received rave reviews in Providence at the Providence Performing Arts Center, where it opened Friday, May 14 (performances began May 12) and will play through Sunday, June 6.  From Providence, JERSEY BOYS will play Indianapolis, IN’s Murat Theatre Wednesday, June 9 through Sunday, July 3.
The Providence Journal’s Channing Gray raved “It’s hard to imagine anything derailing the phenomenon that is JERSEY BOYS.  The musical is among the top grossers on Broadway and breaking box office records wherever it plays. It’s a bona fide smash.  And the show lives up to the hype. The JERSEY BOYS tour that arrived last week at the Providence Performing Arts Center deserves the glowing reviews. It’s got an intriguing story to tell with lots of golden oldies tossed in for good measure, while the singing, especially the high falsetto licks from Joseph Leo Bwarie, is fabulous. Bwarie, who’s a tiny guy, turned out to be something of a sensation, and not just because of his stratospheric top register. He’s got a butter-smooth tenor that was just as fine singing sultry tunes such as ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.’  The whole quartet was terrific, singing with lots of edge and sounding just like the Seasons. In all, there are just shy of three-dozen songs in the show, which is quite a workout for Bwarie and the band. But on opening night the guys were up to the task, singing as though the music were written yesterday.”
 To read the entire review, CLICK HERE

The Sun Chronicle’s Susan McDonald raved “PROVIDENCE – Oh what a night!  It wasn’t late December back in ’63, but it might as well have been as the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) screamed to life with the sounds of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons with the biographical tale JERSEY BOYS.  Grown women screaming and bouncing in their seats, grown men bobbing their heads to the beat of another generation.  JERSEY BOYS began a three-week stay at PPAC this week, wrapping up the season with the musical equivalent of fireworks.  JERSEY BOYS is a wonderful treat.”
To read the entire review, CLICK HERE

WBRU Radio’s Mirage raved “What a story it is!  Joseph Leo Bwarie is brilliant. It’s unbelievable how seamlessly Bwarie portrays Valli’s growth. He is simply made for the part: his voice, his look, his attitude. But in truth, it is one of the most successful ensemble shows I have seen yet. Yes, in reality, Frankie Valli becomes the star of the band, but in this show, Valli, DeVito, Gaudio and Massi share the glory and the talent. Or should I say Bwarie, Bailey, Jesse and Gouveia… It’s almost hard to tell characters from actors apart at this point.  But again, back to the point (it is so easy to digress… there is just so much to say about this show!) Anyone under 34 years old has probably heard the songs somewhere somehow and will be delighted to finally know where they came from. And who doesn’t like epiphanies, I mean really? For everyone over 50, the show is a legitimate revival of their youth. We even got some sing-along’s tonight… And everyone in between… well I guess you’re just in between both ends and will enjoy it twice more.  My concluding words will be to not let yourself be discouraged by the fact that you may not know the songs, or that your “older” (don’t tell them I said that) parents are really into it and that makes it less cool. The show can be for you too if you give it a shot. The music is catchy, you’ll recognize more than you know, and it’s a great opportunity to see what a Broadway show looks like at its best: great acting, great music, and great atmosphere.”
To read the entire review, CLICK HERE

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 Dias, John Edwards, 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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