Jersey Boys. Broadway in Hawaii. Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall. Wednesday September 14, 2022
A blast of swirling energy and excitement arrived in my aura as the show started. This vibe continued throughout most of the show. It’s pretty amazing how many HITS Frankie Valli and the 4 seasons had. The show goes a little like this…a whirlwind smash of a tune sung to perfection, then a snippet story about the ups and downs of the group, then another Big hit song.
Going to this production, I thought maybe I was a little young to enjoy the show. But to my amazement, it was one of the coolest shows I’ve ever witnessed. The Jersey Boys takes you from their teenage years to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. There’s a lot to celebrate. Non stop hits from start to finish. Did you know “Oh Sherry” was their first hit. What a way to start the hit machine rolling.
The show does have a few moments of disaster and tragedy. At one point in the show Frankie gets a call that his daughter Francine has passed away from a deadly injection of the big H. At this moment, the ENTIRE theater is so super quiet, as they say you could hear a pin drop. It was like someone you knew just passed away. Very surreal feeling throughout the theater. Extreme emotion of sadness was felt from every heart in the audience.
The show picks back up with many upbeat songs that bring the crowd to their feet clapping, dancing and hollering. No matter, what age you are, this show is a big HIT for all ages. Mostly fun, up beat vibes, I laughed, smiled, sang a along to Oh What a Night and turned stomach sick emotional when Frankie’s daughter passed.
I swear I was having Andy Gibb or Leif Garret era 1977 vibes throughout the show. My eyes adored you sounded very familiar. And Oh what a night used to blast in my Ford Mustang back in the late 70’s. It was a Summer anthem back in the OG days. You will be amazed at how many songs you recognize. And the mini stories in between will take you on a roller coaster journey through 50+ years of pop history. If you are already a fan of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, that’s just an added bonus.
The performances from the 4 main characters is so spot on, from the Jersey accents to the amazing singing and dancing. And make sure you watch the supporting cast. There is budding a star or two in the mix. *Hint: Antonio King.
If you get a chance to see Jersey Boys, see it. I guarantee you’ll have a good time and a fun night out on the town.
Afterwords, we met the cast. They were super cool. Asked us if we enjoyed the show, answer was of course was a resounding YES. When we had our pix taken with the cast. Frankie/Jon Hacker joked and said “It’s the 4 Seasons!” We actually got a pic with all four of them and us two. Unbelievable! Very nice people, they just said it was a little too hot and humid for them in Hawaii. I suspect they will get used to it in another week or two. Today was actually one of the hottest days in Hawaii history. Even I was a bit fumed from the humidity. But the heat of the weather couldn’t come close to matching the high degree of hotness brought to us by the cast and crew of the 2022 Jersey Boys.
In case you may think you don’t know a Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Song, here’s a few smatterings of covers of their songs:
- Maneskin-Beggin (Over 50 years since the Four Seasons first did it)
- The Bee Gees-Grease
- Shawn Mendes-Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
- Cher, Neil Diamond, Russel Hitchcock and others-The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore
And Here is a list of many of the songs in the Jersey Boys Broadway show:
Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Oh What a Night, My Boyfriends Back, Beggin’, My Eyes Adored You, Rag Doll, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Walk Like a Man, Working My Way Back To You and Who Loves You.
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