Theatre Review – Jersey Boys Live at the Hollywood Pantages

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The Tony and Grammy Award winning musical has returned to Los Angeles as Jersey Boys takes over the Hollywood Pantages through October 19.

Jersey Boys is the true story of legendary group The Four Seasons told through their songs and some absolutely wonderful performances.

I had of course heard of the show but as a budding theater fan I hadn’t had the chance to see it. Finally though, I found myself in my seat at the Hollywood Pantages ready to watch a show that I had heard great things about. And those comments were spot on. Jersey Boys is a blast.

The musical tells the story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. From their forming to the various iterations and all the drama that came between. You get a pretty in depth look at all of the people involved here and all of the problems that come with struggling for and eventually achieving fame and success as a performer.

There are a lot of laughs, a few tears, and some amazing music. It’s a really great story of family, friendship, love, loss, music, and fame. It’s a story you might not know about a band that you most certainly do know.

The cast is fantastic. Not a weak note in the bunch from the music to the acting. They all seemed to be fully immersed with and inspired by the material they were performing. It was hard not to get up and sing along with them (in fact a few people did just that).

There is some risque language, a few f-bombs, but I don’t think that that makes this a bad show to see with your family, should they be interested. It really is a great show that is a lot of fun. It can get heavy, but it has a great message of perseverance and loyalty. With a top notch cast and gorgeous songs, it’s hard to see anyone not enjoying this show. I think it makes for a great introduction to the world of Broadway Musicals and might turn anyone into a theater fan!

One special moment for this opening night came at the end of the show. The exciting final number finished, the audience cheering and over the speakers we hear, “Ladies and gentlemen, Frankie Valli!” and there he was in the flesh. I don’t know if the cast was aware that he would be there or not but it seemed to be a surprise and the moment real Frankie and stage Frankie embraced for a hug was very touching.

What a great finish to an amazing show.

Jersey Boys runs through October 19. Definitely get your tickets and go see it. You won’t regret it.

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Jersey Boys

Live at the Hollywood Pantages

10/10 Seasons

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Garon CockrellTheatre Review – Jersey Boys Live at the Hollywood Pantages