Jersey Ashore

Kids today want to be rap stars, but back in the ’60s, it was rock and roll that beat in the hearts of bored teens. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons personify mid-century rock’s rebellious spirit, which inspired American teens to morph from straight-laced innocents to love-struck badasses. The group’s angsty rise to pimple-faced glory is charted in the 2006 Tony Award-winning Jersey Boys, featuring the group’s fabulous tunes such as “Earth Angel,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and “Walk Like a Man.” And though Marshall Brickman (who worked with Woody Allen on Annie Hall) and Rick Elice’s script is not all that different from the others in a long line of money-making music history lessons marching from Broadway south these days, the New York Times reports that the songs in Jersey Boys “remain exasperatingly infectious.” The rock and roll musical comes to Arsht Center’s Ziff Davis Opera House this Wednesday.
Tuesdays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Starts: March 2. Continues through March 20, 2011
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Lee Williams

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