I went to see Jersey Boys last night. There wasn't much about the show I didn't enjoy. [Sidebar: I will always equate the 1960s and early 70s with my uneasy childhood, knowing I was different and largely unaccepted by my family, but not really understanding why. This makes anything that references the time period, like Jersey Boys does, an uncomfortable experience for me. But that's beside the point. From a theoretical and entertainment perspective, the show is good in just about every way. Rock solid.]
Judging from comments I overheard in the lobby during intermission and afterward, I am not alone in misremembering just how many hits The 4 Seasons (and Frankie Valli as a solo artist) have in their repertoire list. You can't really say their music is timeless, because assuming you were alive at the time, there's little way you can hear it and not flash back to what you were doing, where you were living during the two decades when these guys were at the height of their career. But what you can say is that the songs were well written (mostly by Bob Gaudio, who also sang with the group for a number of years), the vocals tight, the men handsome, the production (by Bob Crewe) superb...and the style. Oh, the style! All of that is translated into the musical beautifully. It's great stuff.
Through the years, there have been many, many covers of their songs, performed by artists from Andy Williams, The Pet Shop Boys, Clay Aiken to Lauryn Hill. And the royalties keep rollin' in!
Speaking of covers of their songs, here's one you may not know. Have a good weekend everyone!