‘Jersey Boys,’ the story of The Four Seasons’ rise to fame and the gay man behind the success, comes to the Dr. Phillips Center

By : Jaime Donelson
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Wade Dooley, who plays the character of Bob Crewe in the North American tour of “Jersey Boys,” says he feels very connected to his character as an openly gay actor.

“I try to put a bit of myself into [the character]. Still today there are times when I can’t tell if it’s safe or not safe to be myself. I try to bring some of that realism to it,” says Dooley.

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Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

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Pop music icon Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will return to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Thursday, February 2 at 7:30 pm. This will be Valli’s 19th performance at Ruth Eckerd Hall and like his previous concerts, this one is expected to sell out quickly.

The original Jersey boy himself, Frankie Valli is a true American legend. His incredible career with the Four Seasons, as well as his solo success, has spawned countless hit singles. With unforgettable tunes like Sherry, Walk Like A Man, Rag Doll, December ’63 (Oh What A Night), Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You and of course, Grease. Just this past year, their mega hit, Big Girls Don’t Cry, was inducted into the 2015 GRAMMY® Hall of Fame.

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

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Dr. Phillips Center presents in association with AEG Live: Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons

Public On-Sale: 2 p.m., Friday, June 10, 2016
Dr. Phillips Center Members get Pre-Sale Access.

Show date: Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Show times: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $59.00
Walt Disney Theater

The original Jersey Boy himself, Frankie Valli is a true American legend. His incredible career with the Four Seasons, as well as his solo success, has spawned countless hit singles of unforgettable tunes like Sherry, Walk Like a Man, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Rag Doll, December ’63 – Oh What a Night, Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, and of course, Grease. His songs have been omnipresent in inconic movies such as The Deer Hunter, Dirty Dancing, Mrs. Doubtfire, Conspiracy Theory, and The Wanderers. As many as 200 artists have done cover versions of Mr. Valli’s Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, from Nancy Wilson’s jazz treatment to Lauryn Hill’s hip-hop makeover.

“Last year was our first time playing the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando. We loved it! A beautiful theater and the sound was fantastic. And the Orlando audience is always terrific for us.” – Frankie Valli

Screened Out – Jersey Boys

By : Stephen Miller
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John Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Christopher Walken

The 1950s and 1960s were loaded with a recognizable style; Frankie Valli (Young) and The Four Seasons were sonic emblems of that panache. Too bad director Clint Eastwood couldn’t inject some of that energy and vibrancy into Jersey Boys, this incredibly ponderous biopic about the boys from The Garden State.

Jersey Boys started as a wildly popular jukebox musical on Broadway. In it, scenes were cut short so that the performers could get to our favorite parts – the songs. In Eastwood’s hand, Jersey Boys has become a lugubrious, over-written behind-the music-style biography mostly drained of color, with long talky scenes that are only barely interrupted by the tunes.

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Barry Anderson celebrates gay icon Bob Crewe in “Jersey Boys”

By : Joe Kissel
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The parallels are uncanny.

Barry Anderson, a performer/musician/producer, plays performer/musician/producer Bob Crewe in Jersey Boys, the long-running jukebox musical about The Four Seasons and the manager who wrote their most iconic hits, including “Walk Like a Man,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”

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