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Jersey Boys Las Vegas Review

By admin On March 7, 2009

Jersey Boys, the hit musical, is truly a success story in a couple different ways. The show’s beginnings were in 2004 at the La Jolla Playhouse in Southern California, and then moved over to Broadway where it won four 2006 Tony Awards. Since then several other companies have formed, including those based in Melbourne, London and Chicago. The company in Las Vegas is housed at the magnificent Palazzo Resort. After seeing four versions of the show, to me the Las Vegas production is the best. Part of this comes from the special theater as well as the incredible cast.

The musical is a success story as well, in terms of tracing the story of The Four Seasons and Frankie Valli from their humble New Jersey beginnings to their rise to stardom where they became one of the 1960s top pop groups, to their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The joyful musical celebrates their music and lives. It is the “Rocky” when it comes to Broadway musicals.

As a member of the audience it’s easy to get caught up in the stories and music. By the end of the show, you will be a fan. The show and music are both infectious, all thanks to fantastic work by the director Des McAnuff and the book written by Marshal Brickman and Rick Elice.

You may be wondering why there is so much acclaim for a musical that is about a 60’s pop rock group? If you stop to think about it you realize that this group survived not only the Beatles and the British invasion, but also the introduction of hard rock as well. Their songs are part of American culture and history. “Walk Like A Man,” helped teach the guys that being a faithful, upright, forceful, strong man was ok. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” and “My Eyes Adored You” taught all of us the possibilities of real caring and depth in our relationships, as well as that they are worthy of fighting for and having. “Sherry” taught us how we can revel in someone’s name. Can I dare say that this music makes you proud of being an American, in a similar way that Elvis was able to capture that uniquely American essence. The story is a rags to riches one that is full of heartbreak, drama and joy.

I have previously seen two members from the top rate cast in Las Vegas before. Deven May is absolutely perfect as the group’s bad boy. He is lovable, easy and dangerous. Erich Bergen is completely convincing to the point that you begin to think he really is Bob Gaudio, composer of most of the hit songs for the group. Jeff Leibow plays Nick Massi. He is the group’s Ringo. When he does have his spots he plays them up fully. Travis Cloer, who previously played Joey while in New York, finally gets the opportunity here to play Frankie. His performance is completely successful, making the character all his own. I really love his acting as well as his gorgeous falsetto, which has been a little shaky with other Frankies.

I was very happy that I got the opportunity to see this combination. The show’s supporting players are also right on the mark. In particular I liked John Salvatore, who plays Bob Crewe, as well as Joe Barbara, who plays Gyp DeCarlo. If you still haven’t seen Jersey Boys, then go see it in Las Vegas if you can. If you have seen it, you still should go see it again at the Jersey Boys Theatre in the Palazzo, where the show is running indefinitely.

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