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‘Jersey Boys’ entertains, though the audio needs improvement.

“Jersey Boys” is a great show. If you’ve never seen it, you probably won’t even notice what’s wrong with the current production at the Colonial Theatre. It’s fine, really, but it’s much more exciting when the sound is flawless. That’s not a lot to ask of a production of this caliber and price.

“Jersey Boys” should be electrifying from the very first note. You should be dancing in your seat the moment the French rapper begins “Ces Soirées-La,” enjoying every rollicking moment of the emotional journey to the big finish that sends you home singing “December 1963 (Oh What a Night)” at full volume. But here, the singers are often competing with the orchestra — and some of the show’s finest emotional moments get lost. When Frankie and Mary sing “My Eyes Adored You,” there should be a lump in every throat in the house; but at this performance, it felt more like a lull than a pivotal story point it.

When the magic is happening, “Jersey Boys” is much more than a jukebox musical tribute to the Four Seasons. Joseph Leo Bwarie is sheer perfection as Frankie Valli, capturing his charming essence with a youthful swagger and impeccable vocals. Kara Tremel delivers a scene-stealing turn as Mary Delgado, and Jonathan Hadley is spot-on as flamboyant record producer Bob Crewe.

The remaining “Jersey Boys” Matt Bailey (Tommy DeVito), Steve Gouveia (Nick Massi) and Quinn Vanantwerp (Bob Gaudio) are equally impressive, but without perfect sound balance, this production doesn’t quite meet its potential.

From the streets to the stage

Shady characters, riotous anecdotes, questionable decisions and some of the best music of all time drive the story of the rise of Francis Stephen Castelluccio — and three fellow “Jersey Boys” — from kids on the corner to musical legends Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.

‘Jersey Boys’
Through Jan. 30
Colonial Theatre
106 Boylston St., Boston
MBTA: Green Line to Boylston
$39-$193, 617-426-9366
www.broadwayacrossamerica.com


 
 
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