Standing ovations, packed houses and cheering crowds, who look more like they're at a concert than a Broadway show, have become commonplace at Shea's Performing Arts Center. It's all thanks to blockbuster musical Jersey Boys, in the midst of a three-week run at Shea's. The Tony, Grammy and Olivier award winning best musical is the true story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The musical portrays a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks who make it big, selling 175 million records worldwide before turning 30 years old.
Shea's president, Tony Conte, says the musical is pleasing younger generations, who leaved surprised that they recognized so many of the Four Seasons' hit songs. "Even the younger people are familiar with the music. They may not realize it," Conte said. "They may not even know that it was Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, but they're familiar with the songs when they hear them."
The show's producer, Albert Nocciolino, says he is equally impressed with Buffalo. "We have had this incredible run in Buffalo where the people of Western New York have supported Shea's to the point where we are one of the top five markets in America for one week subscriptions," Nocciolino said. "With that comes all the great shows that are touring the country."