Once in a while, a Broadway musical comes along and all its customary hype and exclamation-pointed hyperbole is actually merited. That certainly is the case for the Tony Award-garlanded, Jersey Boys – making its Fort Worth premiere on June 3rd, and running for two weeks. “Only!” at Bass Performance Hall!
When it first appeared on Broadway, now almost nine years ago, the critics showered it with the kind of praise any artist dreams of. “Too good to be true!” exalted theNew York Post. It got even better for the show tracing the rise to fame of the Rock Hall of Famers, The Four Seasons: Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi, Bob Gaudio, and, of course, their falsetto-finger-snapping leader, Frankie Valli. This musical plumbs the roots of how a quartet of solidly working-class scruffs grew into one of popular music’s, and culture’s, most successful groups. And they did it the hard way by actually writing their own material, innovating an iconoclastic sound for their time, on their way to selling, worldwide, 175 million of that old fashioned thing called a vinyl record. And all of it done and dusted before the age of 30.
The tried-and-true quality of this rags to riches story, propelled along by such instant classics as Sherry, Rag Doll, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Oh What a Night, and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, earned the production the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. And in 2009, it nabbed an Olivier Award for Best New Musical.
Time Magazine once proclaimed that Jersey Boys “will run for centuries.” Now Fort Worth is finally part of that glorious timeline.
Details: Jersey Boys runs from June 3-15 as part of the Broadway at the Bass Series at Bass Performance Hall, 4th and Calhoun Streets in downtown Fort Worth. Tickets start at $38.50. More information at 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
[Photos by: Jeremy Daniel]