Packaging the rise of the '60s pop group The Four Seasons as a splashy musical certainly smacks of Baby Boomer-baiting. The fact is, though, despite their incredible success, the Seasons rarely get their due in the pantheon of pop classics--especially since the Frankie Valli-led quartet was all-too-quickly overshadowed by the British Invasion. But "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man" and the rest of the Bob Gaudio-penned catalog were (and remain) brilliant in their own right, and this stage bio serves them up with passion and faithful arrangements. Jersey Boys won the 2006 Tony Award for best musical, spurred on by the acclaimed performance of John Lloyd Young as Valli. He's not in this touring version, but the blue-collar underdogs' story has been a hit everywhere it's played, so expect well-honed craftsmanship throughout under the direction of Broadway veteran Des McAnuff. The book is by Rick Elice and Academy Award winner Marshall Brickman (Annie Hall).
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: March 18. Continues through April 5, 2009