Tuesday November 12, 2013 / 8:00pmJersey Boys
How was your experience?
I must begin by saying that we had seen "Jersey Boys" a couple of years ago in Las Vegas, and it was fabulous in every way. I had also heard from many friends who had seen it in various locations in the US and Canada, that they also loved whichever production they saw. So I was expecting to get the same level of enjoyment from this production in Baltimore. However, that notwithstanding, I still don't think I would have been any more satisfied, had I not seen it before. The choreography, dancing, acting, sets--those were all good. The band was fantastic--especially the drummer, who was performing onstage throughtout the show. But the downfall for me was the singing of the Four Seasons, and most notably, the lead singer who was portraying Frankie Valli. The harmonies of the quartet were not locked in tune for too much of the time to suit me, and the voice of "Frankie" was just not up to the task. He sounded nasal, somewhat forced, frought with pitch problems, and he did not faithfully emulate the nuances of the real "Frankie." It was disappointing, to say the least. The other issue we had was that our seats, which were in the balcony towards the right side, were partially obstructed by an enormous speaker. We were not expecting that.