Go Columbia: Fun facts about ‘Jersey Boys’

03/25/2014 12:00 AM

03/25/2014 12:43 PM

Warning: reading this article will result in a soundtrack of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons songs stuck in your head for the rest of the day.

Songs like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh, What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.”

Those are just a few of the songs featured in “Jersey Boys,” the story of four blue-collar kids from New Jersey – Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi – who became one of the greatest successes in pop music history.

“Jersey Boys,” the Tony and Grammy winner and Olivier Award winning Best Musical, opens Tuesday, March 25, at the Koger Center, as part of the Broadway in Columbia series.

Some fun facts about “Jersey Boys”:

•  Valli, Gaudio, DeVito and Massi wrote their own songs and sold 175 million records before the age of 30.
•  “Jersey Boys” features 20 Four Seasons songs.
•  “Jersey Boys” is the 18th-longest running Broadway show, recently passing “Hello Dolly!,” “Avenue Q,” “The Producers,” “Hairspray,” “My Fair Lady” and “Oklahoma.”
•  When “Jersey Boys” celebrated its fifth year on Broadway in 2010, the Empire State Building was lit in white, red and yellow (Jersey Boys colors) and 52nd Street in front of the August Wilson Theatre was renamed “Jersey Boys Walk.”
•  “Jersey Boys” played its 3,000th performance on February 7, 2013.
•  “Jersey Boys” is not recommended for all ages. The show contains smoke, gun shots, strobe lights, drug references, sexual situations and profane “authentic Jersey language.”

“Jersey Boys” showtimes are Tuesday through Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40-70 and available at capitoltickets.com or by calling (803) 251-2222.

Bridget Winston

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