JERSEY BOYS (Jukebox Musical) music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. Pittsburgh CLO. June 7 – 12.
There were people who couldn’t stand the sound, but millions more who loved it. The sound was the otherworldly, phenomenally high falsetto of lead singer Frankie Valli. It was the centerpiece of The Four Seasons’ distinctive musical style, helping to drive the group to fame and fortune in the 1960s from the members’ rough-and-tumble beginnings in the blue-collar world of Newark, N.J.—a climb so colorful that it inspired the musical Jersey Boys by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by The Four Seasons. The touring-company show is slated for a run of eight performances here in Pittsburgh. The Broadway original won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2006 and was even made into a movie. Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons are known for songs like “Sherry” and “Walk Like a Man.” 7:30 p.m. Benedum Center, 237 7th St., Cultural District. (M.V.)