Adapted from the 2006 Tony Winner for Best Musical, this bittersweet saga dramatizes the rise and fall of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons - one of the key pop groups of the early '60s, responsible for such iconic hits as "Sherry," "Walk Like a Man" and "Big Girls Don't Cry." The story opens in New Jersey, where young Francesco Castelluccio (John Lloyd Young) and his buddies face a narrow window of future career options. Their possible paths include show business on one hand and organized crime on the other, embodied by the slightly menacing yet avuncular kingpin, Angelo "Gyp" DeCarlo (Christopher Walken), who runs the neighborhood and keeps an eye on them. The boys begin to nurture dreams of becoming musical stars, goals that seem far out of reach until they invite Francesco to perform with them in their band, then rename him Frankie Valli; his unique falsetto vocals captivate the girls in the audience, which provides a sign of things to come. The young hopefuls sign a contract at the Brill Building and begin doing backup vocals for record producer Bob Crewe (Mike Doyle), but experience frustration when Crewe drags his feet on recording them as a solo act. Later, the performers name themselves The Four Seasons after feeling inspired by an unusual source. They add songwriter-musician Bob Gaudio (Erich Bergen) and the equation is complete; Crewe hears Gaudio's composition "Sherry," decides to double-track Valli's voice, and helps create a national sensation. Later, however, certain difficulties begin to take their toll on the band - including financial problems, inner rivalries and tensions between the bandmates, and Valli's long periods on the road away from his wife and daughters. Clint Eastwood directs, from a screenplay by the co-authors of the original musical, Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice.~Nathan Southern
"Oh, What a Night" to Remember
Hit the streets with Clint Eastwood and the cast as they prepare for the grand finale
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I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Owned for 8 months when reviewed.
Love the music, love the story, great cast as well.
Why do you buy Broadway Musicals on DVD? I'd guess that you want to capture the memories of music and performance long after the theater visit (or in lieu of the theater experience). You've already concluded that the actual stage presentation is not as important for you, because this is a translation into a movie presentation, absent the stage.
So, is this successful? Many of the stage performers are present, so there is no lip-synching or odd Hollywood star substitutions. The music is all here. The story is fascinating. Eastwood's direction and the production are nicely accomplished if not bright and colorful. For those of us who lived the 50s-70s, this probably reflects our memories rather well. Music is recorded quite well and a quality home TV/theater system will sound up close and live. We liked the movie quite a bit and will reach for it again and again.
If a family member asks for Jersey Boys on video and they happen to have a Blu-Ray player, this is the perfect movie to get them. Not only is it a Blu-Ray, but it's the combo pack so it has an extra disc for their regular DVD player too. Would have been perfect if they sold a Blu-Ray combo-combo pack with a VHS copy to use in their machine as well. If the family member asked for The Jerky Boys movie, this is a terrible gift.
So, I had no desire to see Jersey Boys but wound up going to see it on Broadway during a business trip last year. Suffice it to say I enjoyed the show but was a bit apprehensive about the move having seen other shows shows butchered. The movie does not disappoint in the least and I'm glad I picked it up. Also picked up a copy for the girlfriend who is enjoying it as much as I am.