Jersey Boys is a musical biography of the Four Seasons-the rise, the tough times and personal clashes, and the ultimate triumph of a group of friends whose music became symbolic of a generation. Far from a mere tribute concert (though it does include numbers from the popular Four Seasons songbook), Jersey Boys gets to the heart of the relationships at the center of the group-with a special focus on frontman Frankie Valli, the small kid with the big falsetto. In addition to following the quartet's coming of age as performers, the core of the show is how an allegiance to a code of honor learned in the streets of their native New Jersey got them through a multitude of challenges: gambling debts, Mafia threats and family disasters. Jersey Boys is a glimpse at the people behind a sound that has managed to endure for over four decades in the hearts of the public.Written by
When performing I Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You, the bassist is playing an Alembic bass. This was the most expensive brand of bass guitars on earth, made from extremely exotic woods and having advanced electronics. While the brand may not be well-known to the public, one of their custom-ordered models would be familiar to fans of The Who, whose bassist John Entwistle had one in the shape resembling a Gibson Explorer and with the letters for every note inlaid in abalone on the fretboard. As the setting in the movie is in a lounge-sized venue, chances are extremely slim that Valli's bassist would be able to afford such an instrument. For perspective, in 2018 a top-of-the-line Alembic bass cost $36,500. See more »
In the diner after Francine's burial, Valli is shown in a diner with lettering on the window advertising a plate lunch for 25¢. That would have been half the price of a plain McDonald's hamburger. A more reasonable price for the day would have been $2.75. See more »
My Eyes Adored You
Written by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan
Performed by Jersey Boys
Also performed by John Lloyd Young (uncredited)
Courtesy of Jersey Boys Broadway Limited Partnership
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing See more »
In a theater packed with more people than I've seen attending a matinée in a long, long time, it would seem that each and every person in there enjoyed a toe-tapping, finger-snapping, head-bobbing, 'I-want-to-sing- along' experience during this dance down memory lane. And it wasn't only those who were there when all of this came down, but those too young to have been a part of that scene were having a great time. The casting and directing could not be more excellent than they are for this movie. And it isn't only the music, which is marvelous, but the look into the relationships of the people involved in this moment in time that is fascinating. A peek into their history, their character, the way their lives played out - this is a well put together film When a picture ends with people applauding, you know you've just seen a winner. When you walk out and hear folks saying, "I'm sure going to have to buy this when it comes out.", you really can appreciate the fact that you weren't the only one in there having a fun time. There are only a few directors whose films you know you can always count on for quality – Eastwood has most certainly proved he's one.
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