Think of Frankie Valli and his working class, Italian bandmates as the sons of doo-wop. In ‘62, after years of trying, they finally scored a big hit, which remains their signature tune.
That’s actor Christopher Kale Jones singing lead, and when he hits the high notes, his falsetto voice doesn’t resonate with the nasal twang of the original recordings. Maybe that’s a good thing. But that really didn’t matter to the capacity audience on Sunday night, which had come to clap along with the songs.
(Big Girls Don’t Cry)
“Jersey Boys” is a show that gives the audience what it wants. You get recreations of the hits, but there’s also a story, told in a light but sentimental manner. The first half is all rags-to-riches, with strutting, uptempo songs, as the band rises to fame. The second half features ballads, some touched by regret, as relationships sour, and the band struggles as younger, hipper British groups and Motown acts take over.
Being a glossy musical, “Jersey Boys” comes with plenty of costumes, lighting effects and eye-catching sets. But in the end, it’s the music that matters, and this show keeps your toe tapping. Jeff Hudson, KXJZ News.
(Walk Like A Man, out)
Jersey Boys continues at the Sacramento Community Center Theatre through September 22nd.