By David Browne
Updated March 17, 2020 at 03:00 AM EDT

Jersey Boys

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”We weren’t a social movement, like the Beatles,” Bob Gaudio (Daniel Reichard) shrugs during Jersey Boys, a brisk musical about the original boy band, the Four Seasons. True enough, but their saga and songs finally give the jukebox musical a respectable name. With Frankie Valli vocal ringer John Lloyd Young and a book co-written by Woody Allen collaborator Marshall Brickman, Boys feels like an A&E Biography blended with a first-rate tribute band. The show overplays jokes about the combo’s home state and swishy producer, but their crime-propelled rise-and-fall tale is so rarely told — and oldies like ”Working My Way Back to You” and ”Walk Like a Man” are such minidramas in themselves — that you leave feeling like you’ve heard pop’s last great untold story. Not to mention humming ”Rag Doll.”

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Jersey Boys

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  • Movie
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mpaa
  • R
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  • 134 minutes
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