Jukebox musicals don’t get more well-oiled than “Jersey Boys,” the 2005 hit fueled by the music of the Four Seasons and directed with a molecular attention to detail by Des McAnuff. Since its debut on Broadway, the show has entranced millions of people with its sampling of the teenage nostalgia the music of Frankie Valli and his fellow singers evokes.
Wherever “Jersey Boys” goes, record crowds seem to follow. And now, after a three-year absence and much to the delight of local audiences who already have bought tickets in droves, the show is returning to Shea’s Performing Arts Center for a 10-day run on Wednesday. Its previous visit, in April 2010, occasioned one of the more rapturous audience reactions I had seen up to that point.
The show, with a slicker-than-slick book by Rick Elice and Marshall Brickman, tells the tale of the Four Seasons’ rise and fall, its mix-ups with the mob and its embodiment of a peculiarly American lust for fame. “Jersey Boys” opens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through May 18 in Shea’s Performing Arts Center (646 Main St.). Tickets are $34.50-$127.50. Call 847-0850 or visit sheas.org.
— Colin Dabkowski