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Stage Review

In ‘Jersey Boys,’ the songs tell the story

Four voices, four stories, one thrilling sound. There’s no denying “Jersey Boys,” the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, now playing at the Colonial Theatre, follows the overused jukebox musical formula, but what makes this show rise above the others is that sound, and the four men who made it.

It’s easy to forget the number of hits the Four Seasons had, and how irresistibly toe-tapping those songs are. From “Sherry” and “C’mon, Maryann,” to “Rag Doll” and “You’re Just Too Good to Be True,” the writing team of Bob Gaudio and and Bob Crewe found delicious pop hooks that propelled the Four Seasons to the top of the charts throughout the 1960s. At the performance I saw, many in the audience not only tapped their toes, they sang along to every song. And what other musical can you name that has the crowd cheering at the arrival of a six-piece horn section?

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