Oldie but Goodie

As a kid, I hated that Frankie Valli-type music my parents loved so much. After growing up with Hendrix and the Beatles, how could they choose anything else? However, with age came the awareness that my parents won’t be here forever — an insight that inspired some unexpected nostalgia for songs such as “Big Girls Don’t Cry” or “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”

Whether you’re a convert like me, a first-generation fan or just a rock-and-roll music buff, Jersey Boys (featuring the original Broadway cast) is a wonderful chance to enjoy an evening of great oldies and classic rock-and-roll history. Opening today with a matinee at 2 p.m. and an evening performance at 8 at the Buell Theatre, Jersey Boys traces the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons from New Jersey obscurity to the heights of rock-and-roll stardom. “It’s basically like a VH1’s Behind the Music,” says the Denver Center’s Genevieve Miller. “It’s telling the backstage story of them from when they started through their huge rise to fame, and how they dealt with that fame in their personal lives. It’s one of those must-see types of show.”

Performances continue through January 3 at the Buell, in the Denver Performing Arts Complex; tickets range from $40 to $115. For more information, call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org.
Dec. 11-Jan. 3, 2008

 
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