A classic Broadway musical has recently come to an end. “Jersey Boys” has enchanted countless people during its run of 12 years. It even spawned a feature film that was directed by Clint Eastwood. However, it should be noted that the first performances of “Jersey Boys” in 2004 were not performed on Broadway. They took place at the La Jolla Playhouse. “Jersey Boys” tells the story of Bob Crewe and how he came to become the primary songwriter for Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the 1960s. The classic music of this legendary pop group combined with the compelling rags to riches story made the show a hit that has endured for more than 4,600 shows.
One of the interesting things about “Jersey Boys” is the fact that the actor who was the first to play Bob Crewe when the show started 12 years ago also played him in the show’s final performance. Peter Gregus completed a run the likes of which has never been seen before in the history of Broadway. Crewe realizes how lucky he has been to be able to play a key role in a successful musical for so many years. He has said that he is grateful for the opportunity he was given and that the role changed his life.
The success of “Jersey Boys” succeeded in bringing the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons to many people who were not familiar with it. Young people who were not born until several decades after The Four Seasons had their last hit could be seen singing along at many of the performances. Gregus said that is one of the greatest benefits of doing a show like this. You get to see people smiling and sharing in the joy the characters are experiencing while you are performing timeless songs.