photo (52)The set was stark and the characters coarse.  The saga of the group’s evolution was surprisingly gritty, even fifty years later.  But the cast of Jersey Boys at Paris Las Vegas was all that.

Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi, Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio found their song and shot to stardom.

Cast members shared multiple roles and energetically changed the set while belting out old favorites with precision in Le Theatre Des Arts.

The sounds were spot on.  Frankie Valli’s character’s famed falsetto enthralled.  Synchronized dance moves and every bit of choreography jived with the past.

Original clips of the group doing “Sherry” on American Bandstand and “Dawn” on Ed Sullivan alongside this show’s cast underscored the Jersey Boys’ ability to capture the Four Seasons’ essence. 

photo (51)The trivia delighted.
Joe Pesci was the connection to what became the original Four Seasons? 
Sherry” was a last minute brainstorm scribbled down by Bob Gaudio only fifteen minutes before the big rehearsal?
The songwriter scored his idea for the second #1 hit, “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” from a John Wayne movie? 
The group wasn’t wild about  ”Walk Like a Man” but it struck a chord with America and claimed another  #1.

Some of the audience may have relished references to “twist party” and “records.”  Do you still have your 45 of “Sherry?”

One set staged looking beyond the band, performing in sequined lapels under dazzling lights, was tremendous.

Stay” was strong.  “Just Too Good To Be True” resounded with brass accompaniment to guitar, keyboard and drums.  We swooned to “Hang On,” “Bye, Bye, Baby” and “C’mon Marianne” as the storyline unfolded and the band transitioned and rearranged.

Despite years of tumult and separation, the original Four Seasons zealously reunited for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.   And so did this cast.