DVD Review

Jersey Boys (2005)

EW's GRADE
A

Details Opening Date: Nov 07, 2005; Lead Performance: John Lloyd Young; Writer: Marshall Brickman; Director: Des McAnuff

''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.''

Originally posted Dec 02, 2005 Published in issue #853 Dec 09, 2005 Order article reprints