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Broadway’s Sensation Jersey Boys Superb in Sydney

BROADWAY’S SENSATION JERSEY BOYS SUPERB IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

JERSEY BOYS, the Tony, Olivier, Grammy Award-winning international smash hit musical that just won the Helpmann Award (Australia’s Tony Award) for Best Musical, opened to rave reviews in Sydney at the Theatre Royal on September 18.

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

The Sydney Morning Herald’s John Shand writes “JERSEY BOYS’ book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice fizzes with snappy dialogue and bullying one-liners. It creates credible characters for not only the four leads but also a supporting cast led by Daniel Scott’s Bob Crewe (the band’s shrewd, amusing lyricist/producer) and Lisa Adam as Valli’s wife, Mary, whose sharp tongue cannot prevent a slide into disillusionment.  The show is defined by its singing. Fox’s remarkably Valli-like falsetto creates truly thrilling moments in the harmonies (Rag Doll being a notable example), and the many Gaudio/Crewe-penned hits such as Big Girls Don’t Cry and Walk Like a Man explode from the stage with verve, polish and conviction.  The cast’s sterling efforts are amplified by the expert creative team that realised the original Broadway production, including the director Des McAnuff, choreographer Sergio Trujillo and set designer Klara Zieglerova. A band under Luke Hunter provides sure accompaniment.  The upward trajectory of the band’s success rides easily on the many memorable songs, which I’ll bet were being sung on the way home by many a smiling face.”   To read the entire review, click here:

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/musicals/memorable-mix-transcends-the-jukebox-20100919-15hsj.html

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

The Sunday Telegraph’s Jo Litsun raves “Does JERSEY BOYS live up to the hype that precedes it?  You better believe it. This award-winning Broadway show isn’t just a cut above most biojukebox musicals; it’s in a different league.  The JERSEY BOYS in question are, of course, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, responsible for the hits Sherry, Walk Like A Man, Big Girls Don’t Cry and My Eyes Adored You, to name but a few.  But their story is less well known and a good, gritty, rags-to-riches tale it is, too.  Linking it all is the terrific music.  Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice have crafted a wonderfully economical script full of wisecracks (and expletives) that conjures a strong sense of the four band members.  Director Des McAnuff uses the set brilliantly, keeping the action flowing fluidly as each scene segues seamlessly into the next.  Imaginative staging has us watching a concert from backstage at one point, and seeing television studio performances directed to side cameras as well as on screen.  Add sharp, snappy choreography and you have an impressively slick production in which every detail is precisely honed.  The impish Bobby Fox is superb as the pint-sized Valli, nailing his soaring falsetto, nugget masculinity and innate decency.  Scott Johnson brings a lovably roguish quality to Tommy DeVito.  Stephen Mahy makes a charming Bob Gaudio and Glaston Toft is wonderfully droll as Nick Massi.  Instead of a predictable megamix finale, JERSEY BOYS ends with a short sign-off from each of the Four Seasons: a classy end to a hugely entertaining show.”

No link to the full review is available.

THE AUSTRALIAN STAGE

The Australian Stage’s Rebecca Whitton writes “Slick, exuberant and happily devoid of smaltz, JERSEY BOYS is just what Sydney needs to be entertained over summer. Having won Tony, Olivier and Helpmann awards for best musical production and a Grammy for best recording of a musical, JERSEY BOYS has finally arrived in Sydney with high expectations. Judging by the whooping standing ovation on opening night, the expectations have been well and truly met.  Even if you have never heard the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the tight, complex harmonies of their Jersey sound will instantly hook you. Delivering song after brilliant song it works, in parts, like a concert but without any of the rehashed, nostalgic tribute band about it. The show has been cast with pitch perfect singers. Decked out with sharp suits and snazzy moves, and skillfully choreographed by Sergio Trujillo, the four leads (Bobby Fox, Stephen Mahy, Scott Johnson and Glaston Toft) are all excellent, with voices that blend beautifully.  This pop group biographical musical is so much better than most of its genre largely due to its, brisk, funny and clever book, written by Marshall Brickman, a prolific writer who co-wrote Annie Hall and Manhattan with Woody Allen and Rick Elice. The snappily written scenes shoot along, each moment directed (by Des McAnuff) as tightly as choreography, with the songs often linking thematically with the action.  Thanks to the strength of the script, the characters in this musical are unusually well fleshed out, giving credibility to the setbacks and the ultimate comeback.  JERSEY BOYS has played for long seasons everywhere it has been produced and I expect the Sydney season will be no different. It is a highly accessible, enjoyable show that is underpinned by the talents of the strong creative team and the local cast.”  To read the entire review, click here:

http://www.australianstage.com.au/201009203865/reviews/sydney/jersey-boys.html

TIME OUT SYDNEY

Time Out Sydney’s Vivienne Egan gives JERSEY BOYS 5 stars and raves “A loving recreation of the beginnings of the band, their hits, their behind-the-scenes antics and bitter rivalries, it’s a riveting and tightly worked homage. More importantly, it’s an engrossing story that traces the story of four boys from New Jersey through their struggle for recognition, underworld entanglements and exponential rise to stardom. It also covers the deep rifts that formed over money, women and personal differences.  This is a humorous, unsentimental but rousing portrait of a band whose music genuinely is a soundtrack to the last half century.”  To read the entire review, click here: http://www.timeoutsydney.com.au/theatre/event/18249/jersey-boys.aspx

BLACKTOWN SUN

The Blacktown’s Sun’s John Holden raves “JERSEY BOYS is a show for all seasons.  More than anything, this was about the music. Irish actor Bobby Fox did justice to Frankie Valli’s wonderful falsetto voice.  Fox, Scott Johnson, Stephen Mahy and Glaston Toft were note-perfect on such classics as Walk Like A Man, Dawn (Go Away), My Eyes Adored You, December, 1963 (Oh What A Night), Stay, Rag Doll and Who Loves You.  An obvious indication of the show’s success were the number of people singing the songs as they left the theatre, albeit the falsettos were not quite on pitch.”  To read the entire review, click here:

http://www.blacktownsun.com.au/news/local/news/entertainment/jersey-boys-a-show-for-all-seasons/1946490.aspx#

JERSEY BOYS is the recipient of four Tony Awards including Best Musical, winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Musical, the Grammy Award, the Helpmann Award for Best Musical and Best Musical Direction, the Dora Maver Audience Choice Award (Toronto) and winner of seven Victorian Green Room Awards (Australia).

JERSEY BOYS previously played 14 months in Melbourne and was seen by nearly 600,000 patrons and played 453 sold out performances.

For further information about JERSEY BOYS in Australia, go to http://www.jerseyboysaustralia.com.au

JERSEY BOYS is produced in Australia by Dodger Theatricals, Newtheatricals, Dainty Consolidated Entertainment and Joseph J. Grano, Tamara & Kevin Kinsella, The Pelican Group in association with Latitude Link, Rick Steiner and Michael Watt.

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. In addition to Australia, the show can now be seen in New York, Las Vegas, London, and in cities across the U.S. on a National Tour.

The Original Broadway Cast Recording of JERSEY BOYS, produced by Bob Gaudio, received the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album and has been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). JERSEY BOYS: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons (Broadway Books) is the official handbook to the smash Broadway hit.

For more information, visit www.JerseyBoysInfo.com

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