If falsetto warblings make you weak in the knees, Jersey Boys could induce a seizure. The boys are back in town and opened on Saturday at theCurran Theatre, kicking off an eight-week run. On Friday night, we got the chance to quaff choice cocktails (Walk like a MANhattan or Joy-zee Juice anyone?) and talk a little dirty with the handsome-as-hell cast at a Q&A happy hour; we're still convinced the Curran Balcony's never seen that much booze.
Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons are played by Nick Cosgrove (Frankie Vallie), John Gardiner (Tommy DeVito), Miles Jacoby (Bob Gaudio), and Michael Lomenda (Nick Massi). The four "men" -- (sorry but Nick looks like a fresh-faced elfin boy, all sweet grin and fair skin) -- were all dashing in full suits, coiffed do's, and winsome smiles. They poised, preened, and waxed a bit poetic about "the process," their journeys as performers, and of course, San Francisco; they also got a little naughty. Here's a juicy little round-up of what these blue collar Broadway badasses had to say for themselves.
The Book of Mormon, the incredibly popular Broadway musical from the geniuses behind South Park (Trey Parker and Matt Stone), which has won 6,000 Tony Awards (actually nine, including Best Musical), is gracing the San Francisco stage. And like the new iPhone and Pound Puppies on eBay, the show's run sold out immediately.
But don't worry, there's still hope.
This past weekend was the opening night of Disney's The Lion King, and we'd first like to tell you that attendance is mandatory. Regardless of anything else in this review, or anything you may read in any other review for that matter, The Lion King is absolutely and undeniably not to be missed -- by you, your children, or any of your friends and family. This has been a public service announcement from the Foundation for Spreading Unbelievable Amounts of Joy.*
(*Definitely not a real foundation, but probably should be.)
After a successful run in 2004, The Lion King is coming back to San Francisco this fall for an 11-week engagement at the SHN Orpheum Theatre, according to a statement from SHN. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale Friday, June 8, at 7 a.m. The dates for the San Francisco run are Nov. 1 of this year through Jan. 13, 2013.
The production, a musical stage adaptation of the Disney film by the same name, is in its 15th year and has become the highest grossing Broadway show in history, according to SHN. It has been translated into multiple languages and has toured around the world.
The Orpheum showings include Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 1 p.m. In addition, select Wednesday matinees at 2 p.m. and Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m. are available.