If you are looking for a WOW show… Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, is the one for you! Warning: adult language and themes, but the music and stage performances are amazing. My suggestion – parents take advantage of this opportunity to reconnect with the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in this “behind-the-scenes” production. Then, with a renewed energy for this genre of musical excellence, pull out your CD’s (or cassettes/records – lol), and bookmark a couple favorites from iTunes or YouTube and introduce Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons to your children.
(Remembering this song from Dirty Dancing.)
Fun ways to do so… grab a suit jacket from the back of your closet and mimic some of the simple swaying moves, or dress Ken dolls in their suits and line up like a stage performance. Just like Jersey Boys on Broadway, use the music to help tell the story… and tell your story while listening or between YouTube uploads. What childhood memories come back? What BIG dreams did you have growing up? How and when did you listen to music back then, unlike the constant stream and availability that is today’s norm? It’s so easy to get caught up in the Pop Charts top ten but how sad would it be if our children didn’t know the likes of Elvis, Sinatra, The Four Seasons, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Miles Davis, Paul McCartney and so many other great musical talents. I truly believe that as parents we need to find and take advantage of every opportunity to introduce and celebrate these great artists with our families. Had Jersey Boys not had such strong language I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it for a family outing. I’m sure the inclusion of this type of dialog is intended to bring a certain authenticity to the performance more than just shock value. So, we’ll just chalk this performance up to “research” for us parents.
Jersey Boys is running at the Forrest Theater in Philadelphia from December 11th through January 5th. For more information on tickets, parking and pricing, please visit: www.telecharge.com.
(A favorite – bringing me back to my marathon Grease watching days!!!)