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REVIEW: Jersey Boys Spellbinds Audiences With Magical Story, Music

Photo: Joan Marcus via DPAC.

By Dorothy Lewis, Special To The Raleigh Telegram

DURHAM – Oh, what a night as some guys from Jersey mesmerized and hypnotized an audience at the DPAC Friday evening. That’s right, the Broadway musical “Jersey Boys” has hit the Triangle, spellbinding audiences with a story that takes one to another time and place.

Jersey Boys is about the rise of four, blue-collar boys from New Jersey who form one of the biggest pop groups of our time, The Four Seasons.

More than a half-century ago, the stars aligned just right as lead singer, Frankie Valli, met Bob Gaudio, Nick Massi and Tommy DeVito to form a group destined for the limelight.

Tony Award-winning Director Des McAnuff does an impeccable job of transporting the audience to the streets of New Jersey where life was not particularly easy for four guys from the wrong side of the tracks. The broadway actors never missed a beat with their rendition of “Oh What a Night,” “Stay,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You,” and “Working My Way Back To You”, among other classics by the epic group.

Despite the show’s uplifting music, Academy Award-winner writer Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice don’t sugarcoat the lives of the quartet’s members. The story highlights some searing, emotional moments of love, betrayal and tragedy that nearly destroy the group.

However, these somber scenes are tempered with the resilience of the human spirit inherent in the bandmembers, who are trying to sing their way to the top.

Jersey Boys has been seen by approximately 14 million people woorldwide and has won numerous awards, including the 2006 Award for best musical.

It would be great if Jersey Boys could stay, but this magical production will only be here a bit longer, so you better grab your tickets. The showing at Durham’s Performing Arts Center ends on November 18th.

Tickets can be purchased at www.DPACnc.com or by calling 919.680.2787.  ::

Article Posted: Monday, November 5th, 2012.

PHOTO: Joan Marcus via DPAC.

One Response to REVIEW: Jersey Boys Spellbinds Audiences With Magical Story, Music

  1. Brad

    November 5, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Great writeup and a great show