Culture in Central MA: The “Jersey Boys” are Coming to Worcester
Friday, December 20, 2013
Jersey Boys chronicles how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. Told onstage, almost as a documentary, with each character getting his say, Jersey Boys gets to the heart of the relationships at the center of the group. There is a special focus on Four Seasons’ frontman Frankie Valli, the little guy with the big falsetto. Come experience all the rivalry, friendship, mafia threats and ultimate triumph of a group of friends whose music became symbolic of a generation.
Jersey Boys is an upbeat and fast paced production with a strong emphasis on storytelling which adds to its universal appeal. Featuring Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ own chart-topping songs like "Rag Doll", “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” to name a few. (For those not familiar with The Four Seasons, the group wrote their own songs selling 175 million records worldwide - all before they were 30!) This wonderful, behind the scenes, pop musical wows audiences with music that still endures over four decades later.
Jersey Boys continues to bring countless audiences across the globe to their feet and critics love it. “Too good to be true,” raves Clive Barnes of the New York Post. “The crowd goes wild,” adds the New York Times. “IT WILL RUN FOR CENTURIES,” proclaims Time magazine.
Central Massachusetts’ audiences can catch this international sensation live at the Hanover Theatre from January 21 through February 2, 2014. Evening performances will be at 7:30pm except on Fridays and Saturdays when the curtain rises at 8:00pm. Sunday night shows are at 6:30pm. Afternoon matinees are also scheduled at 2:00pm on Saturdays and at 1:00pm on Sundays.
Full price tickets are $40, $50, $60, $70, $80 and $127, depending on seating location. 10% discount available for groups of 10 or more. 15% discount available for groups of 50 or more. all The box office can be reached at 877.571.SHOW (7469) for more information.
The Hanover has announced that American Sign Language services are available on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 6:30pm. Please request ASL service with the box office at least 48 hours in advance.
Note: Jersey Boys is not recommended for all ages. The show contains smoke, gun shots, strobe lights, drug references, sexual situations and profane “authentic Jersey language”.
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One of the most versatile actors in the business, Christian Bale's acting credits include everything from playing the Caped Crusader in three Batman films to a serial killer in American Psycho. Bale's performance in American Hustle has attracted a lot of attention— including a Golden Globe nomination. American Hustle marks the second time Bale has worked with director David O. Russell. Bale earned an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for 2010's The Fighter, which Russell directed.
Despite achieving stardom with his comedic roles in The Hangover series, Bradley Cooper has shown he can be quite the dramatic actor too with roles in Silver Linings Playbook (also directed by David O. Russell) and The Place Beyond the Pines. Cooper’s portrayal of FBI agent Richie DiMaso in American Hustle has earned him a Golden Globe nomination. Cooper earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Lead Actor for Silver Linings Playbook.
One of the most sought-after actresses on screen today, Amy Adams has starred in everything ranging from indie films like The Master to blockbuster superhero flicks like Man of Steel. Adams previously worked with David O. Russell on The Fighter, which earned her an Academy Award nomination. Adams has earned four Oscar nominations overall and is eyeing a fifth for American Hustle—a performance that has already landed her a Gold Globe nod.
Comic book fans will recognize Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye in hugely successful movie The Avengers, but this talented actor is perhaps better known for his work in serious dramas like The Town and The Hurt Locker—both of which earned him Oscar nominations. In addition to American Hustle, Renner can next be seen in the upcoming film Kill the Messenger.
From her humble beginnings on the TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show, Jennifer Lawrence is currently one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood thanks to her portrayal of Katniss Everdeen in the wildly popular Hunger Games series. Aside from blockbusters, Lawrence has starred in independent films like The Burning Plain and Winter’s Bone, which earned her an Oscar nomination. Despite not winning the Oscar for Winter’s Bone, Lawrence nabbed the Best Actress award at the Academy Awards earlier this year for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook.
Robert De Niro
Considered one of the greatest actors of his time, Robert De Niro has won two Academy Awards and been nominated for five others. Most recently, De Niro earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role in Silver Linings Playbook. Back working with David O. Russell for the second time, De Niro has a supporting role in American Hustle playing Victor Tellegio. He can next be seen playing opposite Sylvester Stallone in the boxing movie Grudge Match, which opens on Christmas Day.
Michael Pena first gained notoriety for his breakthrough performance in the Oscar-winning film Crash. Pena has also co-starred in countless films including World Trade Center, Shooter, End of Watch and Gangster Squad. Most recently, Pena lent his voice to the hot animated film Turbo.
David O. Russell
David O. Russell is an Oscar nominated film director and screenwriter whose films include Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter, which like American Hustle, was filmed in Massachusetts. Russell's latest film, American Hustle, recently earned seven Golden Globe nominations.
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