This is the real Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
Over the weekend, we saw Jersey Boys staring Frank Valli and the Four Seasons so for this Music Monday, I decided to combine it all into one post. Clint Eastwood was the director of this film based on the wildly popular Broadway Show by the same name. He would sit behind the curtain as the stage show went all over the country. No mater whether it was San Francisco, Phoenix or Atlanta, the audience reaction was the same with audience participation and enthusiastic sing alongs. Eastwood decided to make the film. ” I chose to make this movie about how these guys lived to make music.”
Of the four actors in the lead parts, three are the actor /musicians from the Broadway Show. Only Tommy Divito ( in the film) is the only non-original. They are all musicians which made it possible to film the musical numbers as live performances within the filming of the movie.
The Broadway show is still very popular but the opening weekend of the film was in a disappointing 4th place . Maybe there was too much pull away from feel good music and a wholesome image to action films.
The Four Seasons and Frankie Valli grew up on the mean streets of Newark, New Jersey and knew there were only three ways out: the Army, the mob, or musical fame. The film is not a singing picture with drama. These were real rough Jersey guys from a rough place, they did jail time, and lived real lives. . . . . making good and poor choices.
Steven Zeitchik at Mclatchy Newspapers – text
The music is great and the story relate able. We enjoyed it!
Could you tell the difference from the original songs and the film version? What is your favorite “Four Seasons’ “song? Have you seen the show or the movie? Are you going to see either?
Here is the trailer from the film: