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Jersey Boys at Crown Perth

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by Adam Versaci (subscribe)
I'm a screenwriter living in Perth with a passion for film and the arts.
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They say music has the ability to transport us places. So on a recent outing to the Jersey Boys musical stage show, I was transported back to 1960s Newark, New Jersey.

Jersey Boys

"It was the 60s and Doo-Wop was the sound on the street" A Bronx Tale. Although this quote originated on the other side of the Hudson, I felt like I was under that street light, which is interesting, seeing as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons were famous two decades before I was born.

My first exposure to the little man with the Herculean voice came from films and soundtracks like 'The Wanderer's' and 'Grease'. Being of Italian descent, these films were almost required viewing; not that I argued much.

Jersey Boys
Iconic red suit


Jersey Boys, pays tribute to the times and tides of four guys from the 'neighbourhood'. Time in the can, scams, mob bosses, and shylocks abound, we see how they learnt to 'Walk like a Man' trudging their way through the murky music business into international fame. Split into two acts, with each act further divided into two out of the possible 'Four Seasons', each season is narrated by a band member giving us a unique perspective on the bands' history and music at the time of their involvement. In between acts, there's a sizeable break; enough to practice a chord, down a lucky, and a 7&7.

Jersey Boys


Written by Marshal Brickman along with Rick Elice, the audience was in for a storytelling treat. We laughed, we sang, and we proved after all that in fact, big girls do cry. Brickman is the man responsible for writing Woody Allen's film, 'Annie Hall'. Bob Gaudio produced the smooth musical tale, which will have audience members busting out "Sherry", long after final curtain.

Rest assured, this two hour show had the crowd bopping in their seats and the auditorium was teeming with falsetto recreations from over-confident audience members. Jersey Boys showcases a slathering of fantastic music; their unmistakeable sound; which produced hit after hit, testament to the lyrical genius of Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe.

The true immigrant mentality of neighbourhood loyalty, and looking out for your brother, resonates throughout the show; sometimes ironically landing the band in chaotic circumstances. However with an ironclad resolve, Valli and Gaudio progressed to make sure their legacy will live on long after they have sung "Bye bye baby".

Jersey Boys closes on the 30th of June, so do yourself a favour and go and see how four guys with a million to one shot took on the business and won. Their music is history, and most importantly; iconic. Definitely Worth its weight in gold records.
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When: Various times: Monday - Sunday
Phone: 1300 795 012
Where: Crown Theatre Perth
Cost: $75 to $145
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