Monday, 21 December, 2009 3:02 AM
is spectacular at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit
Franklin, Joseph Leo Bwarie, Steve Gouveia and the Company of Jersey
-- This is a story about four boys from the streets of
New Jersey who made it big in the 1960's. Tommy DeVito (played by
Matt Bailey) wanted to start a band with his cousin Nick Massi (Steve
Gouveia). He meets Francesco Castelluccio (Frankie), played by Joseph
Leo Bwarie, under a street lamp in Jersey. They form a trio and
break into churches to practice singing. They were called the Three
the 16-year-old needs some guidance with women. Finally, Frankie
meets Mary Del Gado in a club and eventually marries her. While
looking for a fourth person, they meet Bob Gaudio, who is a songwriter
and singer. He wrote the famous one-hit wonder "Short Shorts."
(Jonathan Hadley) their talent agent, represents the Four Lovers.
He told them they wrote songs but no hits. He challenged them to
writefour more songs and he'll turn them into hits. The group changes
their name to the Four Seasons after the Four Seasons bowling alley.
Also, Frankie changes his name to Valli with an "i".
get a gig on American Bandstand with their first hit "Sherry".
The next hit was "Big Girls don't Cry," then came "Walk
Like a Man.". "Oh What a night" was their next hit.
The big night was
when they appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show when they sang
middle of the tour, Nicky wanted to quit the band. Tommy is out
too. Bob doesn't want to do this anymore either. He wants to write
and produce. Frankie finds new band members. Bob suggests for Frankie
to become the front man. So now they call themselves "Frankie
Valli and the Four Seasons."
Four Seasons were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
performances of Jersey Boys are directed by Des McAnuff.
The musical is written by Marshal Brickman and Rick Elice with music
by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.
19 actors for the Jersey Boys musical in Detroit. It took
seven weeks for casting for the show. There are a total of 33 songs
in the show including five number one hits, and 11 songs that made
Billboard's top 10. There are 196 total costumes in the show. Frankie
does 15 costume changes, Tommy does 12 costume changes, Nick has
11 and Bob has 10. The fastest costume change takes nine seconds
when Mary Delgado gets out of the car and into her robe for "My
Eyes Adored You."
were really bright during the performance at the Ed Sullivan
Show, and we had to hold our playbook over our faces. There
was lots of swearing and may not be suitable for young children.
The set and costume changes were great. The music was nostalgic
and everyone left with a smile on their face. It was a fabulous
performance, I would definitely recommend seeing Jersey Boys.
It is playing
at the Fisher Theatre from December 17-January 23, 2010. Tickets
are $34-$84 and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, 1-800-982-2787
and at www.broadwayindetroit.com.
here for more information on "Jersey Boys" at the
Boys launch party features three cast members at the Roostertail
Gouveia, Joseph Lee Bwarie, Josh Franklin and Matt Bailey in Jersey
Lee Bwarie and Josh Franklin in Jersey Boys.