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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Jersey Boys

As noted over on NOEBIE.NET, my wife and I had a wonderful time at last Saturday night's performance of Jersey Boys in Chicago. I well remember the songs of the Four Seasons from the 1960s when I was a child, and from their Mid-1970s resurgence when I was a disc jockey on radio and in clubs.

What I didn't know was the amazing story of this band. Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi and Bob Gaudio were unlikely pop idols - the longest of longshots. Yet these four high school dropouts (three of whom had been in trouble with the law from time to time) stormed out of New Jersey to captivate a generation, selling hundreds of millions of records while they were still in their 20s.

The show - with its sublime pop soundtrack - has been a hit on Broadway and around the country, but it's more than just a nostalgic recreation of chart-topping music. It's a celebration of the lives and ethic which allowed a partnership involving millions of dollars to flourish, for over four decades, on a handshake.

My kind of guys...

I'll be including a review of the show on the next Podcast episode of The Frank Truth.

Dying for a taste of the Four Seasons? Visit my Jersey Boys Amazon Shop or take a trip to the iTunes Store. Also, check out the Jersey Boys Podcast, one of the coolest fan shows on the Net.


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