Recounting the rich history and reliving the timeless sounds of the phenomenal Frankie Vallie & The 4 Seasons, the new Broadway musical Jersey Boys answers the musical-and philosophical question, "How did four would-be wise guys from Newark, NJ, become one of the greatest chart-topping successes in pop music history?" Jersey Boys celebrates legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi who, as the 4 seasons, wrote their own songs, invented their own identity, and sold 175 million records worldwide-all before they were 30.
Composers: Denny Randell; Dorothy Fields; Doug Flett; Peggy Farina; Robert Feldman; Raymond Bloodworth; Gaynel Hodge; Gerald Goldstein; Guy Fletcher ; Thomas Austin; L. Russell Brown; Billy Dalton; Abel Baer; Jimmy McHugh; Judy Parker; Kenny Nolan; L. Wolfe Gilbert; Maurice Williams; Otis Blackwell; Sandy Linzer; Stan Rhodes; Barbara Belle; Bob Crewe.
Lyricist: Bob Crewe.
Jersey Boys: The Four Seasons (vocals); Steve Snyder (synthesizer); Ken Dow (bass guitar); Kevin Dow (drums); Christian Hoff, Bill Hayes , Daniel Reichard, John Lloyd Young, Ron Melrose, Randy Andos, Larry Saltzman, Ben Kono, J. Robert Spencer.
Personnel: Christian Hoff, Donnie Kehr, Daniel Reichard, Tituss Burgess, John Lloyd Young, Sarah Schmidt, J. Robert Spencer (vocals); Larry Saltzman (guitar); Joe Payne (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar); Louise Owen, Shinwon Kim, Robin Zeh, Cenovia Cummins , Belinda Whitney (violin); Debra Shufelt, Maxine Roach (viola); Anik Oulianine, Stephanie Cummins (cello); Matt Hong, Ben Kono (reeds); Dave Spier (trumpet, flugelhorn); Bob Milikan (trumpet); Randy Andos (trombone); Ron Melrose (piano, synthesizer); Steve Orich (keyboards); Ken Dow (electric bass); Bill Hayes (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Pete Karam; Jason Stasium.
Recording information: Right Track Recording Studios, New York, NY.
Actors: John Lloyd Young; J. Robert Spencer; Mark Lotito.
Photographer: Joan Marcus.
Broadway musical JERSEY BOYS brings to the stage the story of 1960s singing sensations Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, recounting their rise from working-class kids to pop-music superstars. The soundtrack, naturally, is filled with Four Seasons hits, including timeless classics like "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," and "December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)." Interspersed between the songs are snippets of dialogue from the play, and the actors playing the Four Seasons nail the group's famous vocal harmonies impressively. JERSEY BOYS is a fun listen for those looking to take a walk down memory lane for historical curiosity or even just nostalgia's sake.