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
I have recently taken the ACT for the second time in my high school career, and one of the most common problems on the math section is a way to measure different combinations. You simply multiply the number of things times the number of combinations are you are on your way to as close to the 36 as your sleep-deprived- hormonal mind will take you. I found myself calculating during Jersey Boys the possible amount of…Continue
Oh, What a Night
Oh, what a night indeed. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons had their ups and downs, as did Jersey Boys. See this talented cast at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis April 28-May 3. It tells the true, roller-coaster story of the life of four young musicians who become widely known for 50 years. The first thing on stage we see is a simple, rugged, chain link set which sets the Jersey scene. But then a French…Continue
Jersey Boys Review
Jersey Boys is a musical biography of the musical group Four Seasons—the rise, the rough times, the personal clashes, and the eventual success of a group of friends whose music became symbolic of a place in time. For the older generations, people with lots of nostalgia for that time and big fans of the group, I’m sure the show was…Continue
In complete honesty, I had no idea who or what the Jersey Boys were as I took my seat in the Orpheum theater. I, in my teenage ignorance, had never heard of the Four Seasons or Frankie Valli, giving me no ideas as what to expect. However, from the first moment the show began I realized I was in for a fabulous night of incredible singing and fascinating stories. Jersey Boys, playing at the Orpheum through May 3rd, is a show sure to knock your socks off.
One thing that…Continue
If you go see Jersey Boys, which started its run at the Orpheum theatre to a near sold out crowd on Tuesday night, here’s what might happen:
You’ll see a set that, when you first take your seat, seems unimpressive, showing a framework of metal, a catwalk, and a blank backdrop. But when the show starts you’ll see that while it might be minimal, it’s not at all lacking. The screen shows pop art true to…Continue
The Four Seasons is one of the most iconic bands of the 50’s and 60’s, and with so many popular songs out there, one is bound to know at least one of them. Jersey Boys is a musical that illustrates the rise and fall of these four young men in a different light than many would think. It follows them from the discovery of Frankie Valli all the way through their acceptance into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. …Continue
Girls Only: The Secret Comedy Of Women is more about the atmosphere and camaraderie it creates than any sort of story that may be taking place on stage.
In Hennepin Theatre Trust’s production of the show, Melanie Werhrmacher and Jen Scott play the two girls. Using their real names in the show, they banter back and forth giving vaguely pre-composed anecdotes about “their own lives” and about society in general.
But first, let’s back up to the pre-show.
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Driving a car is a passage way into adulthood, a mode of independence and a way to feel like you have true power, something that isn’t very common in a teenager’s life. However, a driver’s license is not a guarantee of automotive safety. On my sweet, merrily independent and carefree drive to Holy Angels High School, my rosy-cheeked-all-American-driver mood was dashed when, trying to merge into the left lane, I struck another car. All…Continue
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Boy can these kiddos preform! Annie, playing at the Orpheum in Minneapolis is exploding with talent. The girls sassed the audience like only nine year olds can, loud and proud. Pig tails flying they owned the stage and no one, not even the adults in the production, could take it from them. The spunkiest of them all was Molly (Lilly Mae Stewart) who tumbled her way across the stage with ease, and impersonated her…Continue
The dog must have been on drugs. Dangling in the human’s arms as it was carried across the stage, although adorable in an innocent puppy kind of way, it looked like a deer with headlights being beamed into its face. It must have been an alien, for the dog was calm like no other dog I’ve ever seen. The dog, although seemingly dead with its stage appearance, did not reflect the Broadway Touring company’s cast of Annie at the Orpheum last Tuesday. Engaging in its…Continue
On March 4th Boeing Boeing closed at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage put on by the Torch Theatre was unbelievable! Boeing Boeing was written by the French playwright Marc Camoletti and adapted into english by Beverley Cross. It was recently playing from March 13th until April 4th at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage. Boeing Boeing is a well written comedy farce that tells the story of a French named Bernard, who…Continue
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