Jersey Boys – Review by Bonnie Goldberg

Four young men standing under a street light singing on a corner in New Jersey end up on quite the journey. It could easily have been sidelined by a career in petty crime but their music and love of crooning together saved the day for them and for the world. Come meet the boys who grew up to be The Four Seasons now lighting up the intimate stage at Music Theatre of Connecticut weekends until Sunday, October 1.

Rarely has a musical the ability to raise the rafters quite like “Jersey Boys,” the show about a quartet of young guys, blue-collar workers, from the Garden State. With book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, and music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe, “Jersey Boys” tells the tale of how Frankie Valli becomes lead singer of The Four Seasons. The transformation is not an easy one, and the four have some hard choices to make along the way, but that “rocky road” is a spectacular journey you won’t want to miss.

Norwalk’s Music Theatre of CT are rolling out the red carpet for these sensational, harmony driven lads and you definitely want to cheer on this smash 2006 tony Award winning show. With a sweet, honey-dipped sound and a dazzling dream, these young kids flirt with crime and the wrong side of the law but, ultimately, set their careers straight towards stardom. Finding members who fit their sound was the first hurdle. Claiming a name that suited their voices was the second. Avoiding arrest by the cops, reconciling family life with long stints on the road, Tommy’s gambling addiction and Frankie’s assumption of his burden of debt all conspire to almost bring them down.

But Frankie Valli (Michael Fasano), Bob Gaudio (Sean McGee), Tommy DeVito (Nathan Cockroft) and Nick Massi (Stephen Petrovich) are outstanding as they portrait these guys who persevere and go on to sell 175 million records worldwide, all before they hit thirty, with Gaudio and Bob Crewe (Matt Mancuso), their producer/lyricist writing many of the show’s thirty three songs, including five #1 hits and 11 that made the Billboard’s top ten. Come snap your fingers and hum along to “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Oh, What a Night,” “My Eyes Adore You,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” and “Working My Way Back to You,”and many more. Kevin Connors directs this musical gem with a string of pearls lighting every scene.

For tickets ($55 and 65), call MTC,509 Westport Avenue, Norwalk at 203-454-3883 or go online to Performances are Thursday, September 21 (Pride Night) and 28 at 7 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Let a quartet of talented guys from Jersey adore you with their eyes and serenade you with their great voices as they work their way into your heart. Oh, what a night! Join the millions who have loved this show as they finally get to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, their ultimate goal, and deservedly so.