The Jersey Boys Musical first national tour currently performing at Fisher Theatre through January 6, 2013. Jenn McKee reviewed the musical at PrideSource.com. Here is the review:

The show tells the story of the 1960s pop sensation Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, consisting of: band founder and leader Tommy DeVito (John Gardiner), who has run-ins with the law and runs up gambling debts; routine-obsessed bass Nick Massi (Michael Lomenda); talented young songwriter Bobby Gaudio (Miles Jacoby); and the young guy with the angelic, high voice that made everyone sit up and take notice, Frankie Valli (Nick Cosgrove).

What you’ll notice within minutes of “Jersey Boys” is what capable hands you’re in, in terms of the storytelling. Book writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice masterfully cherry pick salient details from the group’s biography, and not a word or moment is wasted; meanwhile, director Des McAnuff keeps the pace snappy without ever losing clarity, so that even though we’re quickly hopping to different locales in the opening moments while absorbing the necessary exposition, the energy stays high, and the audience stays engaged.

It doesn’t hurt either, of course, that the cast is uniformly outstanding.

Lomenda is hilarious as quirky Nick; Gardiner makes Tommy self-assured and witty, but also low-burn menacing; Jacoby’s Bobby is unabashedly candid, aware of his strengths and weaknesses, and wise beyond his years; and Cosgrove is a knockout, with vocals that soar.

Klara Zieglerova designed “Jersey Boys” steel-girded set, which features a raised bridge across the stage that provides a second level for the play’s action. Jess Goldstein’s costume design helps The Four Seasons come to life more fully on stage, while also, with other characters, hinting at the passage of time. Michael Clark’s Roy Lichtenstein-inspired projections sometimes help establish setting, sometimes just echo the action; and Howell Binkley’s lighting design keeps the audience’s eye where it needs to be as the fast-paced tale unfolds. Finally, Sergio Trujillo’s choreography perfectly captures The Four Seasons’ crisp, synchronized dance moves; it’s a joy to watch.

Interestingly, “Jersey Boys,” in some ways, shouldn’t work as well as it does. When biographical adaptations try to focus on a broad range of time (as “Jersey Boys” does) instead of a specific, pivotal moment, they often feel shapeless, baggy and unsatisfying. And as a rule, I’m not a big fan of the juke box musical – the shows often feel painfully labored and self-conscious. But Brickman and Elice have cracked the code by letting each of the band members tell their side of the story, and incorporating The Four Seasons’ ear-candy music at perfect, and thematically relevant, intervals.

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The Jersey Boys Musical first national tour returned to Detroit Dec 12 and continue through January 6, 2013 at the Fisher Theatre. Jersey Boys leading cast: Michael Lomenda (Nick Massi), Nick Cosgrove (Frankie Valli), Miles Jacoby (Bob Gaudio), and John Gardiner (Tommy DeVito) (Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel)

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Andrea Daniel previewed the musical at DetroitNews.com. Here is the story:

Cosgrove, who joined the production in 2011, says he feels as if he’s been training for the role for a large part of his life.

“There weren’t shows like TMZ, and all the celebrity shows back then like we have now,” says Nick Cosgrove, who plays Valli in the “Jersey Boys” production. “But with this play, you see the highs and lows that this group went through. And you see it wasn’t an overnight sensation. You see the struggles and successes.”

The actor/singer says his character doesn’t leave the stage for nearly two hours during the show, and he sings 27 songs.

“It’s like running a marathon,” he says.

Joining Cosgrove as the three members of the Four Seasons are John Gardiner as Tommy DeVito, Miles Jacoby as Bob Gaudio and Michael Lomenda as Nick Massi. While the three, plus Cosgrove, didn’t work together prior to the production, Cosgrove says the ability to gel in their roles is part of the magic of live theater.

“In the show, when the character Bob joins the group, he plays the song ‘Cry for Me’ at the piano. They form their sound for the first time with that song. So it’s like we (actors) get to find each other every night, and each performance breathes new life into the show,” Cosgrove says.

He calls “Jersey Boys” a behind-the-scenes experience.

“It’s a story about family, and anyone can connect to that. And you get a rock concert all night long.”

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Jersey Boys musical will be returning Fisher Theatre – MI as a part Broadway in Detroit series. Jersey Boys Musical Tour will arrive in Detroit MI for a four week run on December 11, 2012 and continue through January 06, 2013.

Lichtenstein says Detroit remains a favorite market for touring shows such as “Jersey Boys,” which is returning for nearly a month in December. The show’s first Detroit stop in late 2009 played to an astounding 99% capacity over a six-week run.

Jersey Boys Fisher Theatre Schedule:
Wednesdays – 8:00 PM
Thursdays – 1:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Fridays – 8:00 PM
Saturdays – 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Sundays – 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM

Jersey Boys musical directed by Des McAnuff, written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice and music by Bob Gaudio. Jersey Boys is the winner of the 2006 Best Musical Tony Award, the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.

Jersey Boys Musical is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds, and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were thirty.

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Jersey Boys Musical Tour will make a stop at Detroit MI during the holiday season Dec’ 2012. Jersey Boys musical will begin performances at Fisher Theatre MI on December 11, 2012 for a limited engagement of four weeks through January 06, 2013.

Jersey Boys Musical, the story of story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi – How a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were thirty. Jersey Boys won four 2006 Tony Awards including Best Musical.

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Jersey Boys at the Fisher Theatre

Jersey Boys photoThe Broadway show ‘Jersey Boys’ broke a three-year-old box office record at the Fisher Theatre last week. The smash Broadway hit “Jersey Boys” opened at the Fisher Theatre Dec. 19 and it has already broken a three-year-old box office record.

According to BroadwayWorld.com, the show grossed $1,251,618.00 during the week ending Dec. 27. That’s just ahead of the previous record of $1,225,511, held by “Spamalot” in December 2006.

“Jersey Boys” is a musical about the 1960s rock and roll group Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons. the current run in Detroit is part of a national tour of major U.S. cities.

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