Music Monday The Four Seasons and “Oh, What a Night”

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:

 

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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10 Responses to Music Monday The Four Seasons and “Oh, What a Night”

  1. That song is now firmly in my head!!!

  2. Don Ostertag says:

    I never really got into the 4 Seasons when they were hot because it was in the early days of our marriage and raising our boys. Didn’t have time to listen to music. It wasn’t until I began to work The Jersey Boys musical that kept coming to town, that I really began to appreciate them and their music. That and the few times I worked Frankie Valli at various corporate conventions. What a crowd pleasing performer! Nice choice for the music post, Anne.

    • annetbell says:

      Oh I was hoping to hear one of Don’s great tales! Are you recording some way your great memories for your children and grandchildren ? I think you should ! Big smiles ! Anne

    • annetbell says:

      I love your stories and hope you are either making a book from your blog posts or somehow keeping them for your children and grandchildren!

  3. inavukic says:

    Oh man, I went to see Jersey Boys at Sydney theater three times – could not get enough 😀 Can’t wait for the movie

  4. YellowCable says:

    My favorite then and now.

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