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Stage West Calgary - The Jersey Boys

The Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

5 STAR REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Brickman & Rick Elice

Music by Bob Gaudio Lyrics by Bob Crewe

Runs November 16, 2018 – February 3, 2019

Oh gee, where does one start with this show? Wow, Wow, Wow! This is my first time seeing Jersey Boys. I always thought this production was just 4 guys singing songs, like a tribute type show, although I love tributes and revues, but man have I missed out! This is such a great story; I will be keeping an eye open for future shows coming to town. It didn’t take much for me to jump on the Jersey Boys Fan Club bandwagon.

The show follows the rise, fall, rise and fame (the ride was a bumpy one) of Four Lovers to Four Seasons to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons and a touch of Frankie’s solo’s. There was a few really touching and thought provoking pieces. “When everything falls away we still have the music” I may have misquoted that piece but I got the message.

The story touches on the struggles growing up in the 60’s in a New Jersey neighbourhood and how it helped set the band up and how it also brought them back down to reality. We learn the dynamics of the relationships, family and friendships that cross paths and stick together through all the turbulence. Proud Tommi, an Italian wannabe mobster it seems, with his under the table indiscretions and bolshie personality drive his brother Nick (and band members) to distraction, but his way never works out.

The production is done really well. The set, costumes and the band as usual, was amazing. Can’t fault any bit of the show. One thing I found really cool was the fake camera’s supposedly filming to the screens, giving it that live vibe. I love film as much as I love live music and theatre and always love watching how things are pulled together and this I felt worked really well.

One can’t help but fall in love with the characters especially Frankie Valli (Evan Taylor Benyacar), a young 23 year old lad from Ontario. What an amazing singer and cute wee lad to boot. Frankie Valli was a kind soul or maybe just naïve? Bob Gaudio (Jonathan Gysbers)…a bit of a young Tony Curtis look alike but better looking IMO…it took me all night and next day trying to figure that one out. Tell me if you see it too. The cast is heavy on talent, great vocals, acting and dancing…

Being a Scot, I thought the song Bye Bye Baby was released by the Bay City Rollers. You learn something new every day. The other song I didn’t realize was a Four Seasons original is Beggin’. I knew it was an oldie but recognized it from American Idol as sung by winner Phillip Phillips. There was not one song throughout the whole show I’d not heard before. I love them all and was listening intently to what ones would work for my line dance class. G.R.E.A.T music.

I scratch my head and wonder to myself why on earth have I never seen this show before? Well I have now and this is one show you just HAVE TO SEE! Maybe it is the era but I’d go as far as saying this is the best Stage West production I have ever had the pleasure of watching and I’ve seen a few.

The show has a sensitive side that was totally unexpected. The audience loved it.

The Jersey Boys is F.A.N.T.A.S.T.I.C. A must see show and I give it a full FIVE STARS.

Show runs up until February 4th but tickets are very limited. For more information or tickets go to www.stagewestcalgary.com

Synopsis: How did four working-class kids become one of the greatest successes in pop music history? Best Musical winner at both the Tony Awards and Olivier Awards, Jersey Boys takes you up the charts, across the USA and behind the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Discover the secret of a 40-year friendship as four blue-collar kids work their way from the streets of New Jersey to the heights of stardom. Experience the electrifying performances of the golden greats that took them all the way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame including “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, “Dawn”, “My Eyes Adored You”, and more.

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