October 30, 2011

Jersey Boys performing strong at Mortensen Hall Bushnell Theatre

Andrew Beck at Hartford Arts Examiner says “Jersey Boys offers four seasons of hits in Bushnell production”.

Jersey Boys touring production offers a strong, fluid staging by Des McAnuff and choreographer Sergio Trujillo, with outstanding performances–and memorable vocalizing–by the four young actors playing the world-renown quartet: Joseph Leo Bwarie as the diminutive dynamo with a remarkable vocal range, Franki, Preston Truman Boyd as the steady, talented composer Bob Gaudio, John Gardiner as the hyper, anxious and troubled Tommy DeVito and Michael Lomenda as the laconic Nick Massi.

All the great hits are here, richly sung by the cast and backed with top-notch arrangements, including “Walk Like a Man,” “My Eyes Adored You,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Sherry” “Stay,” “Bye Bye Babie,” “C’mon Marianne,” “Who Loves You,” and “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night),” to name just a few.

Outstanding and exciting as the music is, “Jersey Boys” is no mere jukebox musical. One of its frequently overlooked strengths is its book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice (currently represented on Broadway by “The Addams Family.” They tell the story, warts and all, of how the group that would ultimately take the name “The Four Seasons” from a local bowling alley initially came together in suburban New Jersey in the late 1950′s following various failed attempts by DeVito and Valley (as Franki spelled his name at that point) to eke out a living in clubs and lounges.

Read the complete review Via {Examiner.com}

Jersey Boys Musical performances continued at Mortensen Hall Bushnell Theatre run through November 06, 2011 before it moves to Washington, DC performances starting from November 10, 2011. Buy Jersey Boys Hartford CT Tickets Online, Use Code AFF$10 to Get $10 OFF on Orders over $350!

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