‘Jersey Boys’ Opens at PMT (Thurs., 5/4/23)

JERSEY BOYS (musical) by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by The Four Seasons. Pittsburgh Musical Theater. May 4 – 14.

The cast of PMT's 'Jersey Boys' is excited and ready to deliver. (Photo: Lindsay Kalbfleisch, PMT)

The cast of PMT’s ‘Jersey Boys’ is excited and ready to deliver. (Photo: Lindsay Kalbfleisch, PMT)

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 drive the group to fame and fortune in the 1960s from the members’ rough-and-tumble beginnings in Newark, N.J. Their climb from blue-collar obscurity to gold-record status was so colorful that it inspired the musical Jersey Boys. The Broadway original won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2006 and was made into a 2014 movie. Unlike the stage show and the group itself, the Jersey Boys film didn’t chart, but it was directed by none other than Clint Eastwood. And if tough-guy Clint could be enthralled by songs like “Sherry” and “Walk Like a Man,” who can resist? Pittsburgh Musical Theater presents Jersey Boys in the Byham Theater. 7:30 p.m. 101 6th St., Cultural District. (M.V.) 

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