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Jersey Boys

Auditorium Theatre
50 East Congress Parkway Chicago

JERSEY BOYS returns to Chicago. JERSEY BOYS is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty.

Apr 2 - Apr 7, 2019

Tue, Apr 2: 7:30pm
Wed, Apr 3: 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Thu, Apr 4: 7:30pm
Fri, Apr 5: 7:30pm
Sat, Apr 6: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sun, Apr 7: 2:00pm

Show Type: Musical

Box Office: 800-775-2000

Running Time: 2hrs, 40mins; one intermission
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Chicago Tribune - Highly Recommended

"...So if you were one of the 1.3 million people who saw the theatrical story of Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi during that 2007-10 engagement, and I bet you are, and you are contemplating another go-around with the sweetie who loves you, a big juicy steak on the town, and some bonding time with the big-ticket "Bye Bye Baby" boys, you'll want to know if the national tour compares sufficiently favorably with the dedicated Chicago company not to let you and yours down."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Sun Times - Highly Recommended

"...That tension between artistic blending and personal friction is at the very heart of "Jersey Boys," the enduring 2006 Tony Award-winning "jukebox musical" that recounts the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, the group of (mostly) blue-collar kids who topped the charts for much of the 1960s and '70s, despite the arrival of the "British Invasion." And it goes a long way towards explaining why the show's return visit to Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre can still attract big crowds."
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Hedy Weiss

Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...I never paid much attention to the Four Seasons. My pop music consciousness starts with the Beatles on the white side and the Temptations on the black, so Frankie Valli may as well have been Frankie Avalon as far as I was concerned. But for about two and a half hours, this juggernaut of a jukebox musical makes Valli and company the most fascinating musicians who ever lived."
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Tony Adler

Centerstage - Highly Recommended

"... Des McAnuff directed this superb tour without any cutbacks, featuring pitch perfect sound and lighting, choreography that’s crisp and in sync, and Gaudio’s songs played and sung as they were meant to be sung. The cast is led by Joseph Leo Bwarie as Valli, Preston Truman Boyd as Gaudio, John Gardiner as DeVito and Michael Lomenda as Massi, offering a not-to-be-missed “Oh, What a Night!”"

Colin Douglas

Time Out Chicago - Recommended

"...Given the chance for a second assessment with the national tour’s nine-week stop, I’m somewhat more won over. I still find Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice’s book scenes to be lazy and hamfisted. Information is delivered almost solely via narration; interactions are built entirely of one-liners and cliché."
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Kris Vire

ChicagoCritic - Recommended

"...Chicago musical lovers may rejoice at the return of Jersey Boys, winner of the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical. The second national touring production, last here in 2012, consists of energetic singers and dancers with lovely voices performing the hits of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, one of the last popular pre-Beatles groups. Jersey Boys even manages to make the story of the group's formation, rise to fame, and dissolution a fulfilling drama in its own right, a welcome bonus for a jukebox musical."
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Jacob Davis

Let's Play at ChicagoNow - Highly Recommended

"...The energy is pretty high from the start, with the story really taking off when the boys have their first smash with “Sherry”. From there, the hits keep coming until the curtain falls, but the tunes will stay in your head long after. Joseph Leo Bwarie stands out in a superb cast as Frankie. He’s got an amazingly smooth falsetto and easily passes for the real thing."
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Richard Malone

Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...The play, which tells the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with the music of Bob Gaudio (one of the Seasons) and lyrics by Bob Crewe, has not changed much. They still work with the original direction (Des McAnuff) and choreography (Sergio Trujillo), and while the set has been increased a bit to fit the larger stage at The Cadillac Palace Theatre, what makes this play work is the four key men who play these characters who open up their lives to us with very little left to our imaginations."
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Alan Bresloff

NewCity Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...The rest is the music, that trademark falsetto sound with group harmonies reverently reproduced. This is the strongest cast yet that has performed here in this show, including Joseph Leo Bwarie as a vulnerable and most Frankie-like incarnation of Valli, with a seamless voice and acting chops to match. Preston Truman Boyd does a great job of showing how vital original-group-misfit-but-stellar-songwriter Bob Gaudio is to the story and John Gardiner makes a delightfully cocky and despicable Tommy DeVito, the show’s narrator. “Jersey Boys” remains an extraordinary, high-energy evening of entertainment, completely enjoyable whether being experienced for the first or the fifth time."
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Dennis Polkow

Chicago Theatre Review - Highly Recommended

"...There is so much to love and admire in this production of one of Broadway's most kinetic, tireless, best-written and slickly-produced musicals ever. The show offers a uniformly talented cast telling the backstory of an internationally favorite musical group, whose falsetto lead singer, closely blended harmonies and pumping, brassy musical accompaniment created their signature sound. This brilliant, powerful, heartfelt biographical song fest, sure to bring audiences to their feet clapping, dancing and singing along, is a not-to-be-missed spectacle and, "Oh, What a Night!""
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Colin Douglas

Chicagoland Theater Reviews - Recommended

"...This revival of "Jersey Boys" will be just fine for people seeing the show for the first time. They likely will approve of the leading performances, not having the privilege of enjoying the sharper work from earlier casts who visited Chicago. Granted, the front line players could be better, but this edition of "Jersey Boys" remains very good in its current incarnation. The show's creators caught lightning in a bottle back in 2005 and the magic still endures."

Dan Zeff

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