Added by Ruby Regan on May 3, 2015 at 8:13pm — No Comments
In a world where just about every well known band or musician has a musical dedicated to their story, on my way to Jersey Boys playing at the Orpheum Theatre I assumed I would not witness anything wildly original or exciting. And for the most part, I was right. Of course the music wasn't original because, well, what kind of jukebox musical would it be if it was? The direction was uninspired and some of the writing was as corny as a 60's sitcom. In my mind, Jersey Boys blurs with a…Continue
Added by Allie Hatch on May 3, 2015 at 2:40pm — No Comments
It was as if a portal had opened up at the back of the theater, and an entire hidden audience suddenly revealed itself. Their ecstatic screams echoed back and forth between our two worlds and it took a moment to realize that the hidden audience we saw was only a digital image, just a theatrical trick. The members of the Four Seasons, silhouetted against the projection, sang their newest smash hit, “Sherry.” It was a moment of bliss: they had achieved their dream of fame and…Continue
Added by Nathaniel Larson on May 3, 2015 at 1:41pm — No Comments
Dear Katori Hall,
I saw a really great show last night, it happens to be one you wrote. Congrats on creating one of the most unique theatrical experiences I have ever endured. P**** Valley follows the hardships of four pole dancers in a town in rural Mississippi. Issues of stigma surrounding the pole dancing community, racism, violence, and rape are just a select number of the many issues covered over the course of this…Continue
Flashing lights, a killer band, people rocking along to their favorite oldies.. sounds like a typical concert right? Wrong. You have just found yourself at Jersey Boys, a musical about four foul-mouthed Jersey natives, The Four Seasons. This upbeat jukebox musical holds special moments where you will need to remind yourself that you are, in fact, still sitting in the beautiful seats of the Orpheum Theatre and not…Continue
Added by Maya Richardson on May 2, 2015 at 2:55pm — No Comments
The touring production of Jersey Boys, showing at the Orpheum for one week only, was a definite success. As I made my way to my seat, the theater was already almost completely filled. Excited chatter bounced around the room, a majority of the show-goers being older than me. I had slight apprehension that the show would be very generation specific, however my fears were quickly dashed away. The show opened with the popular and fun tune, " Oh What A Night", captivating everyone in the…Continue
Added by Julia Jacobs on May 1, 2015 at 11:40pm — No Comments
We have all heard the songs- jammed to them in the car, made dinner to them, and even danced around in our pajamas to them. But do you know the stories behind them? With angelic voices duplicated exquisitely on stage, Jersey Boys is a show everyone can enjoy. Telling the story of The Four Seasons and how they made their claim to fame- you will laugh, cry, and sing along as you are charmed by the four handsome men on stage.
Each smile and wink to the audiences erupting applause…Continue
Added by Oriana Freeman on May 1, 2015 at 6:48pm — No Comments
**Warning: if you see this show, you will never be able to get the songs out of your head**
The stereotypical Disney plot states that in every story, there must be a happy ending. Pretty flowers and true love will always find a way in the adventure of life because that’s what stories are taught to tell us: that love always finds a way. For instance, in Frozen, Elsa and Anna make a mends by the heartwarming notion of love while in Finding Nemo, Nemo finally returns…Continue
Added by Contessa Boorman on May 1, 2015 at 2:52pm — No Comments
With catchy, well known songs and a decent story for a jukebox musical Jersey Boys is definitely a crowd pleaser. If you are a fan of the music of The Four Seasons or music of that time period really, Jersey Boys is the show for you. The show is chock full of songs, so without enjoying the music the show will probably not be a good experience.
The touring production of Jersey Boys makes it's way to Minneapolis's Orpheum Theatre from April 28th through May 3rd. The show, a jukebox musical, tells the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons as they make their claim to fame. The production was very well done. If you are a lover of Jersey Boys or jukebox musicals in general, this is definitely a must see.
The music throughout the entire show was generally impressive. Despite the fact that the…Continue
Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter. Put the four together and what do you have? The four seasons. But the four divisions of the year are not the seasons we focus on today.
Bob. Tommy. Nick. Frankie. These are the four seasons whose story is told in the critically acclaimed Broadway musical, Jersey Boys, currently playing at the Orpheum Theater. Yet another jukebox musical (few famous bands remain musicalless), Jersey Boys follows the story of Frankie Valli and his three band…Continue
A metal bridge. Long, narrow, magnificent, and dark the bridge stood. A metal bridge was all that stood on stage before the show Jersey Boys began on Tuesday night at the Orpheum Theater. A musical based on the story of how Tommy DeVito (Matthew Dailey), Nick Massi (Keith Hines), Frankie Valli (Hayden Milanes), and Bob Gaudio (Drew Seeley) came together to form the musical group The Four Seasons and the struggles they faced along their way to success. Jersey…Continue
While I was watching Jersey Boys, I thought the drummer was an actor and scoffed at the way his hits did not match the beat. As it turns out, the drummer onstage was the real drummer of the show. Something is strange about a show where you question the musicality of an actual pit member. Jersey Boys follows the rising success of the 1960’s wonders: The Four Seasons. The narration switches between each of the seasons and as the…Continue
Jersey Boys, the story of the formation, and hardships faced by the members of the Four Seasons is now playing at the Orpheum in Minneapolis Minnesota. These four smooth talking foul mouthed Jersey natives were brought to life on stage, filling the room with energy, and creepily in sync dance moves. The show was dragged down slightly by their ill designed set, but was brought to a whole different level with the…Continue
As I looked at the darkened, empty stage awaiting the show’s start, I saw nothing. The vanilla set was bland and thought blocking. Although the empty stage instantly disappointed me, the smaller structures making up the different locations gave a plentifully satisfactory visual representation throughout the performance. Each setting was simple but got the message across.
The entirety of Frankie’s (Hayden Milanes) discovery went by far too…Continue
Chasing the Music (and everything else)
Jersey Boys is a musical like none other. This show is still going strong after being on Broadway for a decade. A production full of 60s Rock/Pop mixed with a rags to riches story that will make almost anyone tear up, the four little guys from Jersey will always bring joy to a theater lover.
This musical phenomenon…Continue
Silhouetted chain link, back lit by a night sky, and a spotlight on four young men, singing under a lamp post, unknowing of what is in store for their musical careers. One of the stunning images that encompasses the show, “Jersey Boys,” which returned to Minneapolis this Tuesday, much to the delight of many fans of The Four Seasons. This show, a jukebox musical (with all the typical symptoms) may perhaps be worth much of the hype, a show comprised of a stunning balance of…Continue
Jersey Boys chronicles the lives of Four Seasons members, Frankie Valli (Hayden Milanes), Tommy DeVito (Matthew Dailey), Nick Massi (Keith Hines) and Bob Gaudio (Drew Seeley). The show follows the bands journey from the streets of Jersey to the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Each member of the band gets a chance to tell part of their experience. Through Tommy DeVito’s eyes we see the very beginning, how the whole band came together. Bob Gaudio shows us some of the creative…Continue