There are few male voices in music as unmistakable as that of Frankie Valli. “[He] has one the most iconic voices in pop/rock history,” says Miguel Jarquin-Moreland, who plays Valli on the U.S. national tour of Jersey Boys, which stops at Bass Concert Hall March 24-29.
The Tony Award-winning musical has been a crowd pleaser since it debuted on Broadway in 2005. Hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What a Night,” and “Walk Like a Man,” still inspire audiences to sing along. “[The songs are] timeless. You can listen to their music and still enjoy those melodies that always get stuck in your head.”
But a band's story is rarely just about the music. Jarquin-Moreland says the musical "is one of the most incredible and interesting stories filled with joy, laughter, struggle, passion, success, pain, explicit Jersey language, ties to the mob and truth. And it's all true."
Their journey from boys living on the wrong side of the tracks to pop sensations is told through the eyes of each of the four members: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. Their rise to fame included its share of power, financial and creative struggles. “The relationships in this story are like a rubber band. There are times when the circle is tight and intact, and there are also times where it stretches so far to a point where it can do nothing else but break,” says Jarquin-Moreland.
Whether you are familiar with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons or not, Jarquin-Moreland says you’ll enjoy the production — and probably walk away humming one of the band’s famously catchy tunes. “It's one of the best-written musicals — or in my opinion plays — in Broadway history. Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice have written one of the greatest masterpieces that deals with real life issues that everyone can relate to.”
Jersey Boys will perform eight shows during its Austin stop which runs March 24-29. Ticket prices range from $34-$124. For dates, times and to purchase tickets, please visit Texas Performing Arts.