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Jersey Boys is lauded in Louisville




JERSEY BOYS, the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical, received rave reviews in Louisville at the Kentucky Center for the Arts, where it opened Friday, July 30 (performances began July 28) and will play through Sunday, August 15.  From Louisville, JERSEY BOYS will play Austin’s Bass Hall Wednesday, August 18 through Sunday, September 5.


The Louisville Courier-Journal’s Erin Keane wrote “JERSEY BOYS, the Tony Award-winning history of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, is pure theater, from their rough beginnings as small-time hoods singing on street corners all the way to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. If you’ve listened to a radio since 1963, you’ve heard Valli’s trademark falsetto, but it took a Broadway musical to uncover the true story of four Italian-American kids from New Jersey — Valli (Joseph Leo Bwarie), songwriter Bob Gaudio (the excellent Buck Hujabre), Nick Massi (Steve Gouveia) and Tommy DeVito (Matt Bailey) — with just the right blend of talent, hard work and hustle to make it to the top, and enough sorrow to make a compelling story. If you’ve ever seen an episode of the documentary show “Behind the Music,” you’ll know our heroes’ tragic flaws are just as important to the story as their hits.  And the crowd goes wild.  Bwarie plays Valli from his awkward teenage years all the way to the present, a mean feat for such a baby face. But it’s his voice we’re really after, and Bwarie nails the Valli wail. Let me be blunt: he’s about as close to Valli as you can get without climbing into the man’s lap. But it’s swaggering Bailey as cocky, explosive Tommy who brings the sex appeal to a show that (let’s not forget) is still about rock ‘n’ roll, am I right? Frankie might have the voice, but Tommy had the moves.  If you’re a “Goodfellas” fan and you don’t mind a little falsetto on your radio dial, you’ll have a good time at this show. Folks who remember the hits when they were new will enjoy it for the nostalgia factor alone, but there’s more to this story than the songs.”  To read the entire review, click here:



The Leo Weekly’s Laura Morton wrote “The production shines. The music sweeps through, and the story is intriguing and exciting.  The cast is amazing, as one would expect from a Broadway national tour. The voices and harmonies are just like the original, and one can’t help but clap along to the music, sway to the tunes or even mouth the words. It seems that when anyone sees an understudy instead of the original cast, they’re always amazed at how good they are — and this time is no different. Buck Hujabre went in for the role of Bob Gaudio and hit it out of the park.  Instead of the usual one-weekend run, JERSEY BOYS is around for a while. So here’s your chance to see (and hear) how four boys from Jersey made history.  To read the entire review, click here:



The Louisville News & Tribune’s Charles Whaley said “If you go to JERSEY BOYS at the Kentucky Center just to revel in those numerous hit songs of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, you’ll certainly get your money’s worth and conclude, “Oh, What a Night.”  But this touring show in the PNC Broadway Across America series is much more than a jukebox musical, thanks to book writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice and director Des McAnuff.  It brings to life the warts-and-all biographies of its working-class strivers.  Glorious songs by Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe are socked home by an incredible foursome led by Joseph Leo Bwarie as Valli.  Equally impressive as Valli’s singing partners are Matt Bailey as cocky Tommy DeVito, who mentored him; Steve Gouveia as Nick Massi, and Ryan Jesse as Gaudio, the musical genius whose songs catapulted the group to stardom.  In an abundance of musical riches, Valli’s intense falsetto reaches the heights with “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” triggering extended thunderous applause for a showstopping moment.  To read the entire review, click here:  http://newsandtribune.com/entertainment-news/x784115340/Fans-get-moneys-worth-with-Jersey-Boys

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, Christopher DeAngelis, John Michael Dias, John Edwards, Alayna Gallo, 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.  JERSEY BOYS is currently playing in  New York, London, Las Vegas, Toronto in cities across the country in a US National tour, and, beginning September 3, in Sydney, 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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