Boston Rocks Out With The Jersey Boys At The Boston Opera House

Posted October 6, 2016 by Cheryl Fenton in Theater & Arts
Jersey Boys grace the Boston Opera House stage starting this week. Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

As the boys of summer are heading full steam into their playoff season, there’s another group of boys setting their sights on Boston. The Jersey Boys are back in town. And rags to riches never sounded so good.

Coming to the Boston Opera House from October 5 to 15, this 2006 Tony, Grammy and Olivier award-winning musical is once again hitting the stage with tales and tunes from Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons. This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids (Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi) took ahold of the pop music scene in the ’60s and didn’t let it go, becoming one of the greatest success stories of all time. Talk about over-achievers. They went from the gritty streets of Newark to the glitzy Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Before they were even 30 years old, this four-some sold 175 million records around the globe, penning all their own songs and inventing their own sound. Everyone recognizes Valli’s high pitch powerful falsetto voice and the way it blended so smoothly with the other three vocals.

The show’s song list is just too good to be true. Yes, I went there. Jersey Boys features hits that everyone knows. Think “Sherry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and a personal favorite – “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”

The Jersey Boys. Credit: Jeremy Daniel

The Jersey Boys. Credit: Jeremy Daniel

But Jersey Boys isn’t just four guys, a microphone, and a set list. This is a slick story heavy on tale-telling and loaded with nostalgia, so consider this performance your live inside scoop into the true-life ’60s musical phenomenon. That means they’ll hit all the high and the low notes, figuratively and literally. Although Valli and his group were famous for their legendary harmonies (no one could get enough of their sound), the off-stage world didn’t always harmonize with them. It’s this struggling backstage story weaving between the hits, complete with gun shots, sex, drug references, and profane “authentic Jersey language,” that leaves you wanting more.

The cast of Jersey Boys is a mass of talent, led by lead singer Aaron De Jesus (aka Frankie Valli), Matthew Dailey (Tommy DeVito on lead guitar and baritone), Keith Hines (Nick Massi on electric bass and bass vocals) and Drew Seeley (Bob Gaudio on keyboards and tenor) as The Four Seasons. The performance is directed by a heavy-hitter, two-time Tony Award-winner Des McAnuff, and was written by Academy Award-winner Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. All that ’60s sound was composed by Bob Gaudio, with lyrics by Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

Tickets can be purchased at  through Ticketmaster by calling 800-982-2787, by visiting www.BroadwayInBoston.com, or in person at the Boston Opera House Box Office. Performances are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 7:30pm (Wednesday, October 5, is at 7pm); Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm; and Sundays at 1pm and 6:30pm. Boston Opera House is located at 539 Washington Street in Boston.