Jersey Boys Summary

  • Jersey Boys is 2.5 Hours long, including an intermission of 15 Minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: October 4, 2005
  • Opens November 6, 2005
  • Show Closed: January 15, 2017

Jersey Boys is a musical biography of the 1960s rock-n-roll group The Four Seasons, whose front-man was Frankie Valli. At the same time, the show is a jukebox musical using the music of The Four Seasons to tell their own stories from different perspectives. Growing up in New Jersey, four blue collar kids became a pop sensation, and this musical gives the inside scoop on their lives and loves.

Jersey Boys on Broadway Background

It was Bob Gaudio, an original member of the Four Seasons band who had the wonderful idea to make a musical using the events and songs from his singing career with the band. He hired Rick Elice and Marshall Brickman to create a musical that would chronicle the meteoric rise of Frank Valli and the Four Seasons. Although the singing group was hugely popular in the 1960's, it was not until the Broadway show that fans found out the true story about their favorite boys from Jersey.

The Musical Jersey Boys play is divided into four segments, with each member telling his version of events. This makes Jersey Boys a perfect example of the Rashomon effect, a phenomena where different people describe the same event in very different ways, depending on their personality and perspective. The press machine back in the 60's depicted clean cut boys that everyone loved, were they not that clean after all. The band members had close relationships with mob figures, loan sharks and were in and out of jail. They also were not that loyal to one another and they suffered a few backstabbing moments.

Jersey Boys won the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical, as well as the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. In 2014 the show was adapted into a feature film directed by Clint Eastwood but received poor ratings and lackluster box office sales. The film was one of Eastwood's rare missteps.

What’s Jersey Boys Like?

The show has music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, and a book by Rick Elice and Marshall Brickman. The exciting and familiar score includes Four Seasons hits such as “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You,” “December 1963 (Oh, What a Night),” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Working My Way Back to You,” “Rag Doll,” and “Stay.” The choreography is sharp and the narrative progresses speedily, culminating in the effect of making you feel like you really are back in the 1960s, and these guys really are your best friends. The audience consistently goes wild for this show, and many guests return time and time again. With record sales estimated at 100 million dollars and hit after hit, original songs were not needed for this musical. The look, the feel, the sound, and the moves of the Four Seasons are captured with great authenticity by these young actors.

Is Jersey Boys Good for Kids?

Due to strong language, the show may be inappropriate for children 12 and under. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted inside the theatre.

Theatre Information

August Wilson Theatre

245 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 1,222
Entrance: 52nd Street, between 8th Ave and Broadway
Theatre Information

August Wilson Theatre Seating Chart

Jersey Boys Marquee

Jersey Boys Marquee

Cast Members

Frankie Valli
Mark Ballas
Nick Massi
Matt Bogart
Tommy DeVito
Richard H Blake
Bob Gaudio
Quinn VanAntwerp
Gyp DeCarlo
Mark Lolito

Producers

Dodger Properties LLC

Joseph J. Grano

Pelican Group

Tamara Kinsella

Kevin Kinsella

Production Credits

Director
Des McAnuff
Choreographer
Sergio Trujillo
Scenic Designer
Klara Zieglerova
Costume Designer
Jess Goldstein
Lighting Designer
Howell Binkley
Music Director
Ron Melrose
Sound
Steve Canyon Kennedy
Orchestrations
Steve Orich
Projection Designer
Michael Clark
Music Coordinator
John Miller
Lyrics
Bob Crewe
Book
Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice
Music
Bob Gaudio
Production Stage Manager
Michelle Bosch

Creative Team

General Manager
Sally Campbell Morse at Dodger Properties LLC
Company Manager
Sandra Carlson at Dodger Properties LLC
Casting Director
Tara Rubin Casting
Advertising Representative
Serino Coyne
Press Agent
Boneau Bryan-Brown