Saturday, June 23, 2007

Only AARP Members Need Apply

Finally had the chance to see the 2006 Tony Award for Best New Musical winning show "Jersey Boys" tonight at the Ahmanson Theater in downtown Los Angeles. I have to admit I was underwhelmed.

This show is completely based on nostalgia for the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons -- and since I don't have any it was like showing up with an invitation to the wrong party. Frankie Valli's success in the 60s came before I was old enough to pay attention to music.

But lots of Grandmas around me were bopping to the music like girls in bobbie-socks (which they probably were 40 years ago).

If this year's Tony Award to the edgy "Spring Awakening" was a matter of "art over commerce" then "Jersey Boys'" victory last year was a matter of "commerce over art."

After all, the teens and young adults of the 60s are the exact target demographic today for producers looking to sell $100 tickets to musicals.

As for me, I'm looking forward to the jukebox musical bound to hit Broadway 40 years after the breakthrough of Devo -- right about 2021.

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Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Ted, I've agreed with you on so many of your posts, but never have I agreed with you more. I was so incredibly underwhelmed by this show that I wondered what was wrong with me.

I've always enjoyed the Four Seasons' slew of hits, but the show struck me as crude and not very compelling. Even more so, I don't think it was deserving of the Best Musical nod since it had no original score.