‘Jersey Boys’ at the Fox Just OK
I can’t help but compare the calibre of “Jersey Boys” at the Fox in Atlanta to the cast I saw there three years ago.
In an earlier post I said according to the Jersey Boys website we would be seeing the same fantastic actor (Joseph Leo Bwarie) who played Frankie Valli here previously. Unfortunately, Atlanta got someone else, who lacked the voice and the energy as Bwarie.
The cast and the production lacked the energy and electricity the previous cast brought. I’m not the only one who felt this way. A couple sitting in the row in front of me had seen the show three times and felt the same way about this cast and this Frankie. A few of us in the audience also agreed that we didn’t feel that heartfelt emotion that we had felt seeing previous productions.
The cast is good but the staging, singing and acting pales in comparison to other “Jersey Boys” productions.
Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice; music by Bob Gaudio; lyrics by Bob Crewe; direction by Des McAnuff. “Jersey Boys” at the Fox Theatre runs through June 10.
E. Clayton Cornelious