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Jersey Boys ''We weren't a social movement, like the Beatles,'' Bob Gaudio (Daniel Reichard) shrugs during Jersey Boys, a brisk musical about the...Jersey Boys ''We weren't a social movement, like the Beatles,'' Bob Gaudio (Daniel Reichard) shrugs during Jersey Boys, a brisk musical about the...2005-12-02Christian Hoff
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Jersey Boys

Starring: John Lloyd Young; Starring: Christian Hoff; Director: Des McAnuff; Author: Marshall Brickman; Opening Date: 11/07/2005

”We weren’t a social movement, like the Beatles,” Bob Gaudio (Daniel Reichard) shrugs during Jersey Boys, a brisk musical about the original boy band, the Four Seasons. True enough, but their saga and songs finally give the jukebox musical a respectable name. With Frankie Valli vocal ringer John Lloyd Young and a book co-written by Woody Allen collaborator Marshall Brickman, Boys feels like an A&E Biography blended with a first-rate tribute band. The show overplays jokes about the combo’s home state and swishy producer, but their crime-propelled rise-and-fall tale is so rarely told — and oldies like ”Working My Way Back to You” and ”Walk Like a Man” are such minidramas in themselves — that you leave feeling like you’ve heard pop’s last great untold story. Not to mention humming ”Rag Doll.”

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