One of my favorite things in the world is musicals especially Broadway style shows. I recently went to see Jersey Boys at Paris Las Vegas for the first time. My friends have always raved about the show since they saw it a few years ago on Broadway. I am familiar with the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons as I had a music teacher in elementary school who was a huge fan of music from the 1960s especially the Four Seasons. I was familiar with the Four Seasons’ music but not their story so that is why I couldn’t wait to see this show and learn more about this group.
Jersey Boys is the story behind how the Four Seasons formed as a group on the streets of New Jersey to the ups, downs, and the changes the group went through from playing low end clubs to touring as headliners with #1 hits and to eventually being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The show is part biography and part concert which includes some of the Four Seasons greatest hits including “December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)”, “Big Girls Don’t’ Cry”, “Sherry”, “Walk Like a Man”, “My Eyes Adored You”, and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”. The story is told from Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi, and Bob Gaudio’s perspective in which each has the chance to be the narrator for the scene to tell their story and the troubles they all faced in the group and in their personal lives; the way the story is told through the narrative perspective makes the show that more entertaining and becomes more of an interactive experience for the audience. The story being told can have you one laughing along with them and then the next you might have tears in your eyes. I will say that I was really impressed with the entire cast from the main characters to the ensemble, they were all amazing and brought the characters to life. You would be surprised to find the true star of the story is Tommy DeVito.
Jersey Boys does has some strong adult themes and language so keep that in mind when taking kids to the show. The theatre at Paris Las Vegas is the perfect size and as the saying goes there is no bad seats in this house as every seat will be a good seat. The show is the full length show which is 2-2.5 hours long which is a longer run time than a typical Vegas show (at 90 minutes); but don’t worry, there is an 8 minute “pause” break (intermission) after the first hour. The show ended with the audience getting up and singing and dancing along with the cast. Trust me if you weren’t singing along during the show, you are going to want to get at the end and dance/sing along with the entire audience. This show is definitely a must see for everyone visiting Vegas. Even if you don’t think you’re a fan of the Four Seasons or Frankie Valli, it’s definitely worth seeing.