“Jersey Boys” hit Seattle with class, style and some amazing music. There is definitely some adult language and content so don’t take the kids. Make a date night of it and enjoy this amazing piece of music history and nostalgia.This show is running through the weekend at the Paramount. Get your tickets here.
“Jersey Boys” is the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. It is packed full of their hits and adventures. You’ve got the music, the mob, the chicks, the cars, the fights, some arrests and all of their triumphs. It really tells their stories from the beginning when Frankie joins the group. They weren’t always a big success. In fact, they almost weren’t anything at all. The show takes you all the way through entering the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and beyond.
The set is pretty simplistic but every inch is used masterfully to tell their stories and transport you to different locations. I wasn’t overly impressed by the graphic wall behind the set but it gets the point across and demarks one location from the next. This show is definitely more about the people and the music. The rest melts away.
The cast is perfect. Aaron De Jesus plays Frankie Valli perfectly. He really used his voice to convey their sound and musical growth through time. Keith Hines portrays Nick Massi quite splendidly. He is mostly the quiet stud in the background with a few quirks here and there. Matthew Dailey as Tommy DeVito really leads the pack. He is there from the beginning and always helping his friends in his own way. Drew Seeley as Bob Guadio is perfection. He joins later to break his label of “one hit wonder”. Seeley really delivers as this creative genius and you see them shoot to stardom against all the odds. Bob Gaudio was known for his single “Short Shorts” with The Royal Teens before he met the other boys from Jersey.
The music is divine. They really span the decades with their hit list. They cover everything from “Earth Angel”, “Sunday Kind of Love” and “Sherry” to “December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” “Walk Like a Man” and “Rag Doll”. Please take your music lovers to this show!