When the musical story of The Four Seasons came along in 2005, critics were quick to name this the best ‘new kid on the block’. In fact, Jersey Boys won four Tony Awards in 2006. In 2014 on the eve of the release of the Jersey Boys movie, I made my way to Broadway to see if the show still lives up to its’ flawless reputation.
Jersey Boys on Broadway Review
The lights dim and the chattering crowd comes to silence as the music begins to play. This is one of Broadway’s most successful shows so the expectations are high.
As a juke-box musical, Jersey Boys is easy to enjoy from the get-go. The show is narrated by each of the members of the Four Seasons and tells the story of their rise to success, as well as their eventual breakup.
The energetic 1960s tunes are performed with a high level of enthusiasm and commitment – just as one would imagine them to be performed and heard. It is this dedication by the entire cast and ensemble that leads to a standing ovation at the close of every show.
Despite having many variables, moods, and peak moments, the show manages to maintain audience engagement throughout. At half time, the audience are left eagerly awaiting the end of a short 15-minute interval to watch the story unfold further. I couldn’t help but overhear the audience members around me eagerly praising the performers, for they clearly make the show the incredible success that it continues to be. In particular, Joseph Leo Bwarie receives outstanding praise for his incredible performance as Frankie Valli.
All in all this is a must-see show once in your lifetime, and a great ‘safe’ show to visit on Broadway (you can rest assured you won’t be disappointed with this one). In 2014 the musical is adapted to film but it will have big shoes to fill, for this is understandably one of the most successful Broadway shows of the past decade.
World of Wanderlust reviewed Jersey Boys as a guest of Broadway Collection, however my opinion is as always, my own.