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The movie adaptation of the smash hit Broadway musical biopic "Jersey Boys" tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons.
Clint Eastwood directs from a screenplay by Marshall Brickman, co-writer with Woody Allen of "Annie Hall" and "Manhattan", as well as Rick Elice who wrote the Broadway show.
The Broadway musical has grossed nearly half a billion dollars since its debut in 2005. It won Best Musical at the Tony Awards in 2006, as well as Best Musical Album at the Grammy Awards.
Will the movie version perform as well? Hard to say. Some popular Broadway shows have been turned into hit movies, such as "Les Miserables", "Mamma Mia!", "Chicago" and Hairspray". Others, though popular on the stage, flopped as films. They include "The Producers", "Rent" and "Rock of Ages".
"Jersey Boys" hits theaters this Friday, June 20th.
"Jersey Boys is a musical biography of the Four Seasons-the rise, the tough times and personal clashes, and the ultimate triumph of a group of friends whose music became symbolic of a generation. Far from a mere tribute concert (though it does include numbers from the popular Four Seasons songbook), Jersey Boys gets to the heart of the relationships at the center of the group-with a special focus on frontman Frankie Valli, the small kid with the big falsetto. In addition to following the quartet’s coming of age as performers, the core of the show is how an allegiance to a code of honor learned in the streets of their native New Jersey got them through a multitude of challenges: gambling debts, Mafia threats and family disasters. Jersey Boys is a glimpse at the people behind a sound that has managed to endure for over four decades in the hearts of the public."
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