1. Jersey Boys
What? If you travel to New York, I doubt you could take too many steps in any direction in the city without seeing at least one poster for “Jersey Boys”. The Broadway musical is beloved by theater patrons and critics alike, so much so that it has not only won a Grammy for Best Musical Album, but it also won a Tony for Best Musical in 2006. And the musical is still performing admirably! There’s no doubt that this is a theater juggernaut, and it was only a matter of time before it got turned into a movie.
“Jersey Boys” is a dramatized look at the rise and fall of the original members of The Four Seasons, a band that reach mega stardom in the 60s and to this day Frankie Valli continues to lead the band to sold out shows.
Who? The film jumped from the capable hands of Jon Favreau to the capable hands of Clint Eastwood. Eastwood has found his niche these days directing stories based on true events, so it’s only natural that he would jump on “Jersey Boys”, though, genre-wise it’s something we, to the best of my knowledge, haven’t seen from Eastwood before. In a smart move, Eastwood hired John Lloyd Young to reprise his Tony Award-winning role as Frankie Valli in the movie, and proceeded to round off the cast with the likes of Vincent Piazza (of “Boardwalk Empire”), Steve Schirripa, and, most notably, Christopher Walken.
When and Where? The film will be ready to serenade audiences on June 20th in wide release.