Apr 14 – Apr 19, 2020
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Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice
Jersey Boys contains strong language and sexual situations. Parents are advised to peruse the advisories carefully.
A Word about the Language in Jersey Boys:
Full Disclosure: The characters in Jersey Boys, like many of the real people they portray, sometimes use language that may shock some members of our audience. But it is certainly not our intention to offend. We have no wish to take anybody in the theater “out” of the show, only a desire to honestly tell the story of four guys who were more likely to end up in Sing Sing than the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. To give you an authentic experience, we present the Four Seasons songs as they sounded on the records, and present the guys themselves as they sounded on the streets – where tough language was nothing less than a badge of honor and a means of survival.
--Rick Elice, co-writer of Jersey Boys
Adult Language: Very strong adult language is used throughout the show; the “f” word is used a little over thirty times, always as an expletive rather than a sexual term (sample: “I’ll tell you what the f--n’ problem is!”). The Four Seasons and their associates were working-class Italian Americans who hailed from Mob-dominated, crime-ridden, poverty-stricken neighborhoods. Prison records were common among these young men and the profane “Jersey Language” in the script was an authentic part of their culture. As Frankie Valli puts it, “We didn’t have playgrounds and after-school programs. What we had was hanging out on the corner and B and E’s” (Breaking and Entering).
Drugs/Alcohol: Characters are seen smoking and drinking. One character dies (offstage) from a drug overdose.
Sexual References: One character has his sexual initiation (offstage) with a girl in a Chicago hotel.