Sunday, June 10, 2012
JERSEY BOYS is in Tulsa! Yippee, Skippee!
It's the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Remember them?
For those too young to nod, the group was one of the hottest pop groups of the 1960's and 70's! Only now are we privy to the stories of their lives behind the scene!
This musical uncovers all the dark history of four blue-collar boys living on the wrong side of the river way back then. Growing up, before stardom hit, the guys were in jail, in love, in trouble, interacting with the mob and basically swearing their way through life. (Their vocabulary was difficult to bear at times!) They came from tough part of town and Jersey was portrayed convincingly onstage. They scraped and scrapped their way out of all that mess to the big time! I'm sure it was much like that for many of the groups at that time. There were many!! Most didn't make it big!
A few years ago the remaining members of the group gave their permission to "tell all" as they were interviewed. Their wild, improbable, TRUE, flat out falsehoods and foggy remembrances were the foundation for this story.
The story can stand on it own and be interesting, but when they added the music the producers created something audiences of several generations clamor to see again and again. It's been running on Broadway since 2005 and won a Tony in 2006 for Best Musical.
Honeybuns and I loved it!
How could we not, when we knew all the lyrics and were singing with them, "Sherry," "Walk Like a Man," "My Boyfriend's Back," "My Eyes Adore You," "Let's Hang On," "Working My Way Back to You, Babe," "Rag Doll," and "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You." The adult crowd attending last night went wild. No one was dancing in the aisles but ALMOST and probably would have been if it had not been a full house!
It was very interesting to learn how these songs came into being, telling a story of what was going on with the boys at any given time in their lives. Each song revealed a tale of love gained, loved lost, heartache, joy, or pain. Knowing the situations behind the songs made us love them that much more.
"Oh, What a Night." Remember that one? You're tapping your foot right now, I'm sure of it!
We are amazed that a city the size of Tulsa can support such a fabulous Performing Art Center that is capable of bringing Broadway to T-Town!
What's next, you ask? Mary Poppins, Jekyll& Hyde, Peter Pan, West Side Story and LION KING!
Coming SOON, to a theater near US!