Jersey Boys | reviewed by: William O'Donnell | December 27, 2014
entertainment value
Retro visuals are spot on. Clint Eastwood's direction is very fine. The performances and songs work very well. An entertaining bio
genre Drama | Musical
synopsis Jersey Boys is a musical biography of the Four Seasons-the rise, the tough times and personal clashes, and the ultimate triumph of a group of friends whose music became symbolic of a generation. Far from a mere tribute concert (though it does include numbers from the popular Four Seasons songbook), Jersey Boys gets to the heart of the relationships at the center of the group-with a special focus on frontman Frankie Valli, the small kid with the big falsetto. In addition to following the quartet's coming of age as performers, the core of the show is how an allegiance to a code of honor learned in the streets of their native New Jersey got them through a multitude of challenges: gambling debts, Mafia threats and family disasters. Jersey Boys is a glimpse at the people behind a sound that has managed to endure for over four decades in the hearts of the public.
lead actors Christopher Walken | Vincent Piazza | Freya Tingley | James Madio | Sean Whalen | Kathrine Narducci | Francesca Eastwood | Mike Doyle | Steve Schirripa | Barry Livingston | Alexis Krause | Jeremy Luke | Silvia Kal | John Lloyd Young | Erich Bergen | Michael Lomenda | Johnny Cannizzaro | Joey Russo | Billy Gardell | John Griffin | Elizabeth Hunter | Lacey Hannan | Renée Marino | Erica Piccininni | Steve Monroe | Rob Marnell | Troy Grant | Grant Roberts | Kara Pacitto | Michael Patrick McGill | Nancy La Scala | Clint Ward | Jackie Seiden | Matt Nolan | Meagan Holder | Joe Abraham | Phil Abrams | Joe Howard | Katelyn Pacitto | Ben Rauch | Bill Watterson | Annika Noelle | Derek Easley | Kim Gatewood | Alexandra Ruddy | Keith Loneker | Marco Tazioli | David Newton | Donnie Kehr | Scott Vance | Kyli Rae | Travis Nicholson | Allison Wilhelm | Tye Edwards | Jon Paul Burkhart | Lou Volpe | David Crane | Lou George | Michael Butler Murray | Michael Lanahan | Aria Pullman | Jacqueline Mazarella | Danielle Souza | Miles Aubrey | Johnny Dinu | Maggie Beal | Jeff DePaoli | Vincent Selhorst-Jones | Angel Murphy
director Clint Eastwood