‘Oh, What A Night’ for Jersey Boys
“I’ll be working my way back to you babe with a burning love inside” and that is exactly what the Jersey Boys are doing with its return to Dallas.
The Tony, Grammy and Oliver award-winning iconic story of the Frankie Valli and the group the Four Seasons comes alive on stage. A toe-tapping, swaying-in-your seat time was enjoyed by those in attendance at the Thurs. night performance at the Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. The heads bopping to “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like A Man” weren’t those of the senior set as ones who grew up listening to the tunes of Valli and group. There were plenty of Millennials in attendance in the packed house bopping along, too.
Stellar performances by Barry Anderson who plays Bob Crewe (loved his special flair), Aaron De Jesus who plays Frankie Valli (De Jesus nailed “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”), Drew Seeley, who plays Bob Gaudio (swoon), Keith Hines who plays strong, tough but sensitive Nick Massi, and Matthew Dailey who plays Tommy DeVito (yes, that Tommy DeVito – what a Jersey face).
Simple but effective set design coupled with pop art graphics and colorful, blinged-out costumes pulled the performance together in a neat package with the bow on top being the Jersey Boys Orchestra that did a superb job playing over 30 songs.
Orchestrations by Steve Orich, music direction by Jonathan Smith and music coordination by John Miller, Ron Melrose provided exceptional musical supervision, vocal/dance arrangements, and incidental music made this a wonderful production. The audience swayed to “My Eyes Adored You” and other hits like “Sherry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and “December 1963, Oh What A Night.”
The choreography by Sergio Trujillo was perfect, complete with the right hand sliding down the front side of the performers as they sang. (Yes, I noticed that spot on choreography.)
“Oh, What A Night” it was.
Since Jan. 2015, over 22 million people have seen Jersey Boys in worldwide performances. I recommend that you add to that number. Seeing the Jersey Boys would be a great Christmas gift for anyone who loves great music and wants to experience an era where music brought people together. Jersey Boys return engagement ends Dec. 27.
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