Jersey Boys | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

This Broadway hit charts the rocky road traveled by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, working-class Italian-American kids who became pop icons. The show is a 60s nostalgia fest, filled with hits like "Sherry," "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)," and the Bob Gaudio-Bob Crewe classic "Can't Take My Eyes Off You." The script, by Marshall Brickman (Annie Hall) and Rick Elice, doesn't ignore the story's dark side: the failed marriages and one-night stands, the financial travails and mob connections, the fatal drug overdose suffered by Valli's daughter, and the bandmates' complex, often combative relationships. Slickly directed by Des McAnuff and featuring Roy Lichtenstein-inspired pop-art projections by Michael Clark, Jersey Boys combines a strong story with dynamic vocals, led by Jarrod Spector as Frankie: his fluid falsetto perfectly evokes the Valli sound. a Through 4/13: Tue 7:30 PM, Wed 2 and 7:30 PM, Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 PM, LaSalle Bank Theatre, 18 W. Monroe, 312-902-1400. --Albert Williams

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Jersey Boys photo by Jon Marcus.

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