Will the "Jersey Boys" Film Walk Like a Man? The Trade Reviews Are In!

By Philippe Bowgen
16 Jun 2014

The trade reviews for the much-anticipated film "Jersey Boys," based on the currently-running hit Broadway musical of the same name, are out – and Playbill.com has compiled a few for our readers to get a quick inside peek at what  director Clint Eastwood and his Hollywood production of this beloved story have to offer. 



The Broadway production currently stars Richard H. Blake, Matt Bogart, Joseph Leo Bwarie and Drew Gehling; the film version features past members of the Broadway cast, including Tony Award winner John Lloyd Young as Franki Valli, in addition to Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda and Vincent Piazza as Four Seasons Bob Gaudio, Nick Massi and Tommy DeVito, respectively.

Jersey Boys is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. According to press notes, "This is the story of 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. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty."

Take a look at the industry reviews below:

Film Review: "Jersey Boys" - Variety.com

"Jersey Boys" Review - TheWrap.com

"Jersey Boys" Film Review - HollywoodReporter.com

"Jersey Boys" - ScreenDaily.com

Eastwood's directorial credits include "Million Dollar Baby," "Flags of Our Fathers," "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and "The Bridges of Madison County."

Graham King ("Argo") and Robert Lorenz ("Million Dollar Baby") are producing the film that will hit theatres nationwide June 20. 

Tony Award-winning playwright John Logan (Red, I'll Eat You Last) penned the screenplay based on the original Broadway script written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, who earned Tony Award nominations for their work. Sergio Trujillo, who choreographed the original production, repeats his work for the film.

The film includes the hit songs from the Broadway production by Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe.

Casting also includes Mike Doyle ("Shameless," "Gayby," "A Gifted Man") as music producer Bob Crewe, Johnny Cannizzaro ("The Muppets, Lost Angels") as Nick DeVito, Donnie Kehr as Norm Waxman, Jeremy Luke ("Don John," "Lost Angels") as loan shark Donnie, Joey Russo ("Turbo and Joey," "It's You Not Me") as Joe Pesci and Christopher Walken as Angelo "Gyp" DeCarlo.

Erica Piccininni, also a member of the original Broadway cast, repeats her performance as Lorraine. Kathrine Narducci plays Mary Rinaldi, Valli's mother. Renée Marino plays Mary Delgado.

Jersey Boys is the winner of the 2006 Best Musical Tony Award, the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical and the 2010 Helpmann Award for Best Musical (Australia).