March 2, 2012

Jersey Boys Musical Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Belk Theater Review

Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons now playing at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Belk Theater through March 11, 2012.

Here is the sneak review of the Jersey Boys musical by Mark Wineka:

Charlotte’s “Jersey Boys” brings all the talent and production qualities you’d find in New York — the kind that make theater-goers come back every time to see the 2006 “Best Musical.”

The performances of the Four Seasons singers themselves — Preston Truman Boyd as Bob Gaudio, Joseph Leo Bwarie as Frankie Valli, Michael Lomenda as Nick Massi and John Gardiner as Tommy DeVito — make it impossible to choose a favorite.

They all stand out, and the story smartly gives each “Season” his showcase moments.

Jonathan Hadley, as lyricist-producer Bob Crewe, and Joseph Siravo, as mobster Gyp DeCarlo, also give outstanding performances in tying the narrative together.

The good news is, of course, that you can love the fast-paced “Jersey Boys” and its lightning set changes, even if you’ve never heard the music.

And you’ll learn some things. Who knew the song “Big Girls Don’t Cry” sprang from a slapping scene in a John Payne-Rhonda Fleming movie of the 1950s?

Or who could have guessed that actor Joe Pesci, a Jersey boy himself, deserves the credit for introducing Gaudio to the group — a meeting that changed the course of music history?

In “Jersey Boys” you gain an appreciation for what an important figure composer Gaudio was to pop music of his day. You also see how Gaudio’s friendship with Valli made their business partnership survive more than four decades on only a handshake.

But it comes down to the music — the live music — that consistently reminds you that these guys, these boys from Jersey, were good.

Read the complete review {Via}

Jersey Boys musical will run through March 11, 2012 at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Belk Theater. Buy Jersey Boys Charlotte NC Tickets Online, Use Code AFF$10 to Get $10 OFF on Orders over $350!

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