• Liverpool lads and Jersey boys

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    Karen Kunawicz

    Karen Kunawicz

    I must admit, I felt unusually melancholic after watching Eight Days A Week. It was a very good documentary, directed by Ron Howard about a band that made timeless music. I felt melancholic because we live in a world where The Beatles no longer exists as a group.

    The Beatles left such a huge impact yet they only toured from1963 to 1966. Their final show was held 50 years ago on August 29th at Candlestick Park. (Though they did an impromptu performance together on a rooftop in 1969).

    The Beatles: Eight Days A Week—The Touring Years serves as yet another reminder of the immense magic, talent, prolificness, charm and historical significance of The Beatles. What else is there to be said?

    The Beatles made people smile, laugh, sing along and think. They connected to an audience not just back home in England but around the world as well.

    The film made me ponder upon the power of music and the arts. Politics and religion often divide but music gets to our souls and has the capacity to bring people together. Oh to have been in a crowd and see them play live!

    Before the Beatles showed up on the world stage, four boys from Jersey got together and also turned out hit after hit after hit. The story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons is told in the Tony award winning Broadway show Jersey Boys which opened in 2005 – and is still running up to today. In 2014, Clint Eastwood directed the film version of the musical.

    A local production is currently running, directed by Bobby Garcia with Nyoy Volante as Frankie Valli, Christian Bautista as Bob Gaudio, Markki Stroem as Tommy DeVito and Nino Alejandro as Nick Massi.

    There is a lot of story to tell in the two-and-a-half-hour run of the show—each of the four has his own unique personality and has gone through so much on his own and as part of a group. What ties it all together are the song performances and Nyoy, Christian, Markki and Nino do deliver. Among some of the songs in the show are hits like “December 1963 (Oh What A Night),” “My Eyes Adored You,” “Working My Way Back To You” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You.”

    Music heals and unites, you might want to give an extra love, appreciation and support to the folks who fill our lives with music.

    Jersey Boys runs on weekends until October 16 at the Meralco Theater. Eight Days A Week opened last Wednesday.

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