Opera House Cinema Series To Screen ‘Jersey Boys’

FREDONIA – The next feature film in the 1891 Fredonia Opera House Cinema Series is director Clint Eastwood’s big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical “Jersey Boys.” It will be screened on Saturday and Tuesday, July 29, at 7:30 p.m.

The film tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic pop group The Four Seasons. The story of their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the songs that influenced a generation, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Dawn,” “Rag Doll,” “Bye Bye Baby,” “Who Loves You” and many more.

These classic hits are now being embraced by a new generation of fans through the stage musical, which has been running on Broadway for more than eight years and has also enjoyed successful tours around the globe.

Starring in the film, John Lloyd Young reprises his Tony Award-winning portrayal of the legendary lead singer of The Four Seasons, Frankie Valli. Erich Bergen stars as Bob Gaudio, who wrote or co-wrote all of the group’s biggest hits. Michael Lomenda and Vincent Piazza star respectively as Nick Massi and Tommy DeVito, two original members of The Four Seasons. Academy Award winner Christopher Walken stars as mobster Gyp DeCarlo.

Rex Reed, in the New York Observer, calls the film “a universal, American ‘anyone can make it’ success story that has uplifting appeal onstage; and in Mr. Eastwood’s capable hands, the joy spreads like apple butter.” Andrew O’Hehir, in Salon.com, calls it “a fun summer musical set in a bygone era and a Gatsby-style American tragedy about the impossibility of escaping the past.”

Rafer Guzman, in Newsday, calls it “a must-see for fans of Valli and the early pop era.” Rated R for language throughout, “Jersey Boys” runs 134 minutes.

The Opera House Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank. Tickets are available at the door for $7 for adults, $6.50 for seniors and Opera House members, and $5 for students the night of each screening. A book of 10 movie passes is available for $60 at the door or online at www.fredopera.org. For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 679-1891.