'Jersey Boys' a lively show with tough roots

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By Gina Velasquez

The Broadway hit “Jersey Boys” brought together people of all ages to enjoy the music and the life story of Frankie Valli and the early 1960s group, The Four Seasons.
The seemingly sugar-coated boys from New Jersey were far from innocent. The four friends started singing under street lamps before becoming a sensation under the direction of manager Bob Crewe, played flamboyantly by Barry Anderson. Valli was only a young teen at the time and the group signed no contract. Only a mere handshake sealed the deal for their future.
Their days in the spotlight were riddled with tough times, such as a drinking problem from Nick Massi, played by the stoic Brandon Andrus, who seemed a bit stiff at first, but was capturing the real Massi’s candor. Another dilemma the group had to overcome was the gambling problems and overall hijinks of Tommy DeVito. Played by Colby Foytik, he captured the essence of what a troubled soul DeVito really was, going so far as bankrupting the group with an enormous debt and getting them all a little too close to the New Jersey mob syndicate.
Bob Gaudio was the brains behind the song writing and was played with vigor by Jason Kappus. The actor bore a strong resemblance to the real Bob Gaudio.

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