Friday, September 14, 2012

Jersey Boys

Its no secret that theater holds a very special place in my heart. One of the things I missed most while being away, was going to the theater with my mom. It's a sort of sacred ritual that as the years pass have become really important to the both of us. Its our time to step away from life, enjoy the show and reconnect with a form of entertainment we both really love. When the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust offered me two tickets to Jersey Boys, the latest show currently playing at the Benedum theater, I readily agreed. Theater, awesome music, time with my mom? Sign me up.

Jersey Boys is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, or more appropriately, how the group came to exist. The story follows the original members from their rough New Jersey neighborhood to their sometimes felonious early 20's. The men struggled to stay together while touring through low paying night club gigs and underwent several name changes while attempting to find a sound that truly fit their singing style. It captures their rise to fame, struggles within the band, and even a brief glimpse of what the men did after the group parted ways.The story is told with very little dialogue, but rather a whole lot of great songs from the 50's and 60's.

Image courtesy of the Cultural Trust

As someone who was raised on this iconic music and as someone who has seen Frankie Valli perform live, I absolutely loved this show. At times sitting in the theater felt like one huge sing along as people clapped and readily sang hit after hit. If you love this genre of music and want to know more about one of the major groups from that era, definitely go see this show!

Jersey Boys runs through September 23rd in Pittsburgh or check out this site to see the show at a city near you. This show is not recommended for all ages due to drug references, strong language, and adult situations.

Disclaimer: I was provided tickets to see this show by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. All opinions and thoughts expressed here are solely my own.