“Jersey Boys” Musical to Reopen in New York for Live Audiences on November 15

One of the most popular musicals of all time – with roots in Newark – is set to return to the New York scene.

Members of the cast of the hit musical “Jersey Boys” say they look forward to when they can bring the classic musical back to audiences after a 19-month shutdown from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Jersey Boys” stars Aaron DeJesus as Frankie Valli, the lead singer of the 1960s musical group The Four Seasons. It’s a role DeJesus has played on tour and in New York City for almost a decade.

“My last count was somewhere between 2,600 and 2,800 performances of ‘Jersey Boys’,” DeJesus says.

The role may be the same, but the rehearsals have changed dramatically in the era of COVID-19. The cast is masked while practicing most of the time. They say it presents its own set of challenges. The cast say it is difficult to sing through a mask and that it creates a sound barrier.

They say that if they’re not careful, they might push themselves harder than they should and get tired.

“Jersey Boys” made its Broadway debut 16 years ago, winning the Tony Award for Best Musical. After its closure in 2017, the game reopened off Broadway.

DeJesus says he believes the familiar story and songs of the Four Seasons will not only entertain audiences, but uplift them as well.

“It really touches hearts and lives and makes a difference,” he says, adding that this is a time when the public needs it most.

“Jersey Boys” will be played at New World Stages, where it will reopen on November 15th.

Corina C. Butler

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