Stage Review

Jersey Boys (2008)

Jersey Boys -- London 2008 | JERSEY BOYS IN LONDON The story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons stays in tune on the other side of the Atlantic
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JERSEY BOYS IN LONDON The story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons stays in tune on the other side of the Atlantic

Details Opening Date: Mar 18, 2008; Writer: Marshall Brickman; Director: Des McAnuff; Genre: Musical

In Britain, Jersey is a Channel Island best known for its prize cow herds. This Jersey has nothing to do with dairy — but it is the cream of the crop of pop-compilation musicals. That's largely due to Jersey Boy's cleverly constructed book, which embeds the hits of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in a plot that charts their rise to fame. Brits know tunes like ''Walk Like a Man'' and ''Big Girls Don't Cry'' as well as Americans; the novelty here is the boys' juicy backstory (criminal pasts, shady connections). As Frankie, the energetic evening's anchor, Ryan Molloy displays amazing emotional and vocal range. (Tickets: jerseyboyslondon.com) A-

Originally posted Apr 11, 2008 Published in issue #987 Apr 18, 2008 Order article reprints