Jersey Boys at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre Review – A Rousing Success

An excited Chicago audience was eager for the Jersey Boys, aka Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, to sing and dance their way through 34 popular tunes in their limited run (May 12-24) at the Cadillac Palace Theatre at 151 West Randolph.  The general consensus was that most people were seeing the show for the second, third, or even fourth time, indicating that the musical was sure to be a rousing success.

 

(l to r) Hayden Milanes, Drew Seeley, Matthew Dailey and Keith Hines- Photo: Jeremy Daniel

As one who has seen the show in 2012 here in Chicago, I joined the audience in a continuous stream of applause and hand clapping, happy to hear the likes of “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” and “My Eyes Adored You.” But the show was much more than the songs: it was the story of these four young blue- collar boys from the wrong side of the Jersey tracks whose ambition was to sing, become famous, get the girls and make a lot of money.

  

Frankie Valli (l to r) John Rochette, Hayden Milanes, Tommaso Antico and the Company of JERSEY BOYS -Photo: Joan Marcus

Although they finally achieved their goals, and sold 175 million records worldwide of their own songs, things backfired on them when loan sharks and the IRS came after Tommy DeVito (Matthew Dailey) for over $250,000 he owed them.  Frankie Valli (Hayden Milanes), honorably worked afterwards for many years solo and with the group to pay off Tommy’s debts.

 

Bob Gaudio (Drew Seeley) was the narrator of most of Jersey Boys as well as the talent writing most of the songs. Nick Massi (Keith Hines) and Tommy DeVito also narrated parts of the story, which had many hilarious scenes as well as the dramatic moment when Frankie Valli finds out his 22-year-old daughter is dead from a drug overdose.

The rest of the cast was stellar and talented- and Bob Crewe (Barry Anderson) as their recording agent and Thomas Fiscella as Gyp DeCarlo, their Mob ally, stand out.

  

(l to r) John Rochette, Keith Hines, Hayden Milanes, Nicolas Dromard, Drew Seeley and Thomas Fiscella -Photo: Joan Marcus

Jersey Boys has already won the 2006 Best Musical Tony Award, the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical and the 2010 Helpmann Award for Best Musical (Australia).

 

The Jersey Boys design and production team comprises Klara Zieglerova (Scenic Design), Jess Goldstein (Costume Design0, Howell Binkley (lighting design), Steve Canyon Kennedy (Sound Design), Michael Clark (Projections Design), Charles LaPointe (Wig and Hair Design) Steve Orich (Orchestrations) and Ron Melrose (Music Direction, and Vocal Arrangements). The book is by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice.

  

Foreground: (l to r) Marlana Dunn, Leslie Rochette and Jaycie Dotin Background: Guitars (l to r): Keith White, Tommaso Antico and John Rochette - Photo: Joan Marcus

The musical is directed by Des McAnuff. Jersey Boys is produced by Dodger Theatricals, Joseph J. Grano, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group with Latitude Link and Rick Steiner.

  

(l to r) Drew Seeley, Hayden Milanes, Matthew Dailey, Keith Hines and the Company of JERSEY BOYS - Photo: Jeremy Daniel

Individual tickets for Jersey Boys range from $35 to $115.  Tickets are available at all Broadway in Chicago Box Offices, the Broadway in Chicago Ticket Line at 800-775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and online at the BroadwayinChicago website.   Additionally there are day-of-show rush seats for each performance, where a limited number of tickets are available for $25 each.  For more information, visit the JerseyBoyTour website  or the BroadwayinChicago website

 

 

 

 

 

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