This October, get in touch with your Jersey side. “Jersey Boys,” the behind-the-scenes story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons is coming to the Wharton Center.
Set in the 1960s, “Jersey Boys” follows four young men (Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Nick Massi and Tommy DeVito) who came together from the streets of New Jersey to form the iconic rock band, The Four Seasons. While the band hit a high note onstage, off-stage it was a very different story. Set up as a documentary, the show is told in four “seasons,” each narrated by a member of the band. As the show goes on, the singers tell their version of the story of the band’s fame and eventual fallout.
In the early 2000s, Bob Gaudio, an original Four Seasons member, sought to make a musical about the band’s discography. He hired book writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice ro help him write it. At the suggestion of Brickman, the musical became more about the history of the band than the discography itself.
Directed by two-time Tony Award Winner, Des McAnuff, “Jersey Boys” first opened on Broadway in 2005 and has had two North American national tours since. The show has also had productions in London’s West End, Toronto, Melbourne, Singapore, South Africa and more. Since opening, the show has won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical, the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical and continues to break box office records on Broadway and across North America This show contains “authentic Jersey language,” as well as some adult content, and is not recommended for children under the age of 12.
Bob Hoffman, public relations manager for the Wharton Center, said that the show is sure to be a hit among MSU students.
“We are really excited to have “Jersey Boys” back. It is such a popular show, and this will be the second time it is coming to Wharton Center,” said Hoffman. “This is a great show for everyone, especially MSU students, because even if they don’t know the story of the Four Seasons, they will love and recognize the music. It is one of the great all-time musicals and is a lot of fun for audiences.”
The Broadway show stars Matthew Dailey as Tommy DeVito, Keith Hines as Nick Massi, Drew Seeley as Bob Gaudio and Aaron DeJesus as Frankie Valli. The show features some of The Four Seasons top ten hits, including “Sherry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night).” With music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo, “Jersey Boys” is a can’t-miss show.
“Jersey Boys” is part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway Series at the Wharton Center and will be featured in the Cobb Great Hall from Tuesday, Oct. 13 through Sunday, Oct. 18. Tickets to see “Jersey Boys” are now available and can be purchased online at whartoncenter.com or in-person at the Wharton Center Ticket Office. You can keep up with the cast of “Jersey Boys” by liking the show at facebook.com/JerseyBoysBroadway, or by following the show on
Twitter and Instagram at twitter.com/JerseyBoysInfo and instagram.com/jerseyboysbroadway.
Brittney Urich is a senior professional writing major specializing in marketing and public relations. She is an avid traveler, sports enthusiast, and animal lover. When she’s not blogging or reading, she can usually be found outside.