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April 8, 2010

Jersey Boys Sets New Box Office Record in Charlotte

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The Charlotte, NC engagement of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning musical Jersey Boys broke the box office record at the Belk Theatre for the week ending April 4, with a gross of $1,164,813, breaking the previous record of $1,147,909 set by The Color Purple for week ending May 24, 2009.

Jersey Boys began performances in Charlotte on Friday, April 2 and will play through Sunday, April 18. JERSEY BOYS will next play Buffalo, NY’s Shea Performing Arts Center from April 21 through May 9.

Jersey Boys Broadway remained in the millionaire’s club again last week, grossing $1,094,039 and had a 99.4% attendance rate.

The 33 shows on the boards grossed $24,454,025 for the week, climbing over 16% from the previous week.

Below are the Top 10 Grosses from for the week ending April 4, 2010.

1.Wicked $1,686,510
2.The Lion King $1,544,633
3.The Addams Family $1,391,177
4.Billy Elliot: The Musical $1,339,244
5.Mary Poppins $1,292,512
6.The Phantom of the Opera $1,169,253
7.West Side Story $1,126,751
8.Jersey Boys $1,094,039
9.Mama Mia! $1,066,795
10.A View from the Bridge $988,455

April 4, 2010

Jersey Boys Is Irresistible in Charlotte, NC

Theater critic Lawrence Toppman’s Review on Jersey Boys performing at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Belk Theater, Charlotte NC.

Yet strange to say, the best thing about this show is not the music. It’s the chemistry among those four leads, whose characters could sustain harmony only under a spotlight.

You can tell what kinds of people these are even when they perform in forced unison. Insecure Tommy DeVito (Matt Bailey), who sees himself as the group’s founder and boss, wears a wary, anxious look.

Presumably placid Nick Massi (Steve Gouveia) smiles noncommittally, careful not to show hurt feelings. Urbane Bob Gaudio (Ryan Jesse) enjoys the excitement without getting sucked into the drama.

And Frankie Valli carries the brunt of the pathos, whether in the keening high notes of the songs or his innocent face. I can’t imagine Joseph Leo Bwarie will ever get another role that suits him so exactly: He’s short and unconventionally handsome in Valli’s way, and he can soar through the songs yet show a quiet gentleness in Act 2, when writers Rick Elice and Marshall Brickman finally tap into deeper emotions.

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