The story of four boys from New Jersey becoming one of the greatest successes in pop music history will come to life once again at the Majestic Theatre.
“Jersey Boys,” the behind-the-scenes hit musical about Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, returns to the Majestic stage to play eight performances, Dec. 6-11, as part of the North Park Lexus Broadway in San Antonio series.
Theatre-goers can relieve the incredible real-life narrative of how four blue-collar kids: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi became The Four Seasons and reached fame and fortune in the 60s. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30!
Jersey Girl Leslie Rochette, who plays Valli’s daughter Francine, returned to “Jersey Boys” after being on the first National Tour and is looking forward to the show in San Antonio.
“We’re so excited! I can’t wait for you all to see the show. It’s like VHI’s ‘Behind the Music’ with a rock concert. You see the struggles that Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons had to go through and their climb to success,” said Rochette. “It has everything: romance, love, heartbreak and laughter.”
The singer and actress said the audience can expect feeling nostalgic as they sing along to their favorite songs. The Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical features the band’s hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”
“For me, personally, it’s the song ‘Cry For Me.’ It’s the first time the group is coming together and singing. I get to witness that moment every night. I’ve been with the show for over four years, on and off, and that moment still really gives me chills,” added Rochette.
In between every hit song and performance, the audience will be given a glimpse of Valli’s life out of the spotlight and his relationships, which weren’t always glamorous. There are three Jersey Girls in the show, all pertaining to a specific role in the singer’s life: his wife, girlfriend and daughter.
For Rochette, playing Francine, one of those influential women in the singer’s life, has been an amazing experience.
“You’ll get to see what she goes through with having a father in the spotlight, not around as much, and their relationship together,” Rochette said. “I get to play a character that was real and feel like it’s a tribute to Francine and to her relationship with her father. Because I can portray that every night on stage, I feel like I’m paying homage to their relationship.”
“One of the biggest messages of the show is that being in the spotlight isn’t always what you thought it was. Although it wasn’t perfect, you can still see that it was beautiful,” concluded Rochette.
“Jersey Boys” opens with performances at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m., Saturday and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets begin at $30 and are available online at www.ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 982.ARTS (2787), or by visiting Ticketmaster outlets including the Majestic Box Office.
Directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Des McAnuff, “Jersey Boys” won the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical, the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, the 2010 Helpmann Award for Best Musical (Australia), and continues to break box office records on Broadway and across North America.
“Jersey Boys” worldwide has been seen by over 23 million people (as of January, 2016). “Jersey Boys” is written by Academy Award -winner Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.