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You don’t have to be a fan of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons to fall in love with “Jersey Boys” — the hit musical based on that group’s sensational story which, after nearly four years at The Palazzo, opens at Paris Las Vegas on March 6.

With its move to the Paris Théâtre, “Jersey Boys” — which was named “Best Show” by the readers of Las Vegas Review-Journal last year — will enjoy a more visible center-Strip location. Aside from a wider stage, the production will remain largely unchanged from its Palazzo run.

“One of the best things about this show is that anyone can come enjoy it — people who love the music, people who like musical theater, people who don’t like musical theater,” said Jeff Leibow, who plays Four Seasons bassist/vocalist Nick Massi in the Vegas version of “Jersey Boys.” “You don’t even have to know who the Four Seasons are to enjoy ‘Jersey Boys.’”

The show is a documentary-style “jukebox musical” that follows the transformation of four blue-collar New Jersey boys into one of music’s biggest success stories (the Four Seasons sold more than 175 million records before they were 30).

“Simply put, it’s great music. Whether or not they know the Four Seasons, people know these songs,” said Travis Cloer, who plays the group’s frontman, Frankie Valli. 

The show’s dramatization of the group’s 1960 formation, its giddy spiral of success and eventual breakup is punctuated by the hits that made the Four Seasons a household name, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man” and many more. 

“Jersey Boys,” with its memorable melodies and classic American Dream story line, has resonated with the public. Worldwide, the show has been seen by over 13 million people.

For tickets, visit www.jerseyboysvegas.com or call 888.746.7784.

 

Performances begin March 6. 
Tuesday, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.; 
Wednesday through Friday, 7 p.m.; 
Saturday, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.; and Sunday 7 p.m. 
Dark Mondays.
 

—Paul Rogers, Custom Publishing Writer

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