In all honesty, I’m a sucker for 60’s music and the chance to re-live parts of history through theatre, but as much as I wanted to love Jersey Boys and walk away from the Orpheum having found my new favorite musical, I could not help but leave slightly dissatisfied. Small portions of scattered lacking elements including sound, displays, plot, and language all summed up to less than a whole. For instance, I was immediately disappointed by the sound. It proved to be inconsistent and unbalanced…Continue
Added by Sydney Larson on May 22, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments
Boring, unimaginative, anticlimactic. These are words that could be used to describe Finding Neverland the Musical, which opened on Broadway in April. It’s no surprise that the show wasn’t nominated for a single Tony Award, not even for an acting performance. For a show that’s all about having fun and being silly, Finding Neverland was remarkably tedious.
Added by Jane Pena on May 19, 2015 at 11:01pm — No Comments
The Music of the Four Seasons is not that interesting. Sure, it’s catchy, and enough to charm you if you hear a single, but after sitting through Jersey Boys, I can really promise you that the music and ideas of Jersey Boys are not all that dynamic. Despite that (or perhaps because of that), Jersey Boys can weasel it’s way into your head and the dour, review-writing fingers of this critic. Jersey Boys is playing at the Orpheum through May…Continue
Added by Maxwell Singer on May 13, 2015 at 9:09pm — No Comments
Happy Days the Musical
Pretty Happy Show
Soundtracks can be completely deceiving. Not knowing much about the show, I decided to listen to the original cast soundtrack to Happy Days the Musical. The unfortunate part about doing this is that for most of the time, it would be better…Continue
Added by Naveh Shavit-Lonstein on May 11, 2015 at 10:16pm — No Comments
I arrived in the lobby of the State Theater in Minneapolis Minnesota a few minutes after the tour started, but I hadn’t missed much. The tour guide had just started talking about all of the different things that the Hennepin Theatre Trust does around the city. There weren’t that many people in the tour group, thirteen at most. Three of them were tourists from the east coast.
Our tour guide finished talking about…Continue
Added by Emma Dalen on May 10, 2015 at 10:24pm — 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
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
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
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
**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
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