|Keith Hines, Aaron de Jesus, Drew Seeley & Matthew Dailey. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.|
As Drew Seeley (Bob Gaudio) said in my recent interview, "Jersey Boys is like an episode of THE SOPRANOS with great music thrown in!" And he is absolutely right. The show is the perfect option to bring friends and family (especially men!) who would not otherwise feel comfortable spending a night at the theatre. But Oh, What a Night.
The show tells the story of Frankie Valli and The (Original) Four Seasons in four parts (Spring, Summer, etc.) and each part is in turn narrated by one member of the original Four Seasons: Tommy DeVito (Matthew Dailey), Bob Gaudio (Seeley), Nick Massi (Keith Hines) and Frankie Valli (Aaron De Jesus). What is so perfect about the show's narration is that it allows the audience to truly engage and get to know the men and for each of the actors to truly shine with quick one-liners, brilliant solo pieces and likable moments. Even DeVito, who might be considered the show's least likable character, gets his moment to shine and win over the audience with his narration of Spring.
|Aaron De Jesus, Drew Seeley, Matthew Dailey and Keith Hines|
Photo: Jeremy Daniel
This particular touring cast are all aces with great charisma, personality and musicality. Matthew Dailey will have you smiling at his charismatic smooth-talking tough guy act, Drew Seeley is the boy next door with a beautiful tenor voice, Keith Hines has you sitting up and laughing with his deadpan humor, and leading man Aaron De Jesus kills the falsetto vocally. They are well supported by Thomas Fiscella as the Jersey mobster, Gyp DeCarlo, Lauren Tartaglia as Mary Delgado, Jonny Wexler as Joe Pesci, and Barry Anderson as Bob Crewe.
Tuesday night's opening night audience absolutely loved the show giving the cast and band a standing ovation from the first bows. So if you want to snag a ticket to the show's remaining 7 performances in Thousand Oaks, act now! If Tuesday's audience was any indication, tickets are going fast.
FYI: Aaron De Jesus' alternate, Miguel Jarquin-Moreland, will be performing at the Saturday and Sunday matinees.
|Photo by Jeremy Daniel.|
Tickets: $30-125; Available at Ticketmaster or the Box Office (1-800-745-3000)
Dates: 23-28 February 2016
Many thanks to Patrick Lewallen and Theater League for the tickets! All opinions are my own.