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‘Jersey Boys” open Famous Artists Series


SYRACUSE — The musical tale of how four blue-collar kids became one of the most well known musical acts in history opens the 2012-13 Famous Artists Broadway Theater Series.

The touring shows in the Famous Artists series are booked by NAC Entertainment Ltd. The Syracuse Famous Artists organization was created in 1943 by Syracuse resident and Syracuse University professor Murray Bernthal, who died in 2010 at age 99. NAC’s partnership with Famous Artists began about a dozen years ago. Shows are held at the Landmark Theatre on South Salina Street or Crouse Hinds Theater at Mulroy Civic Center, Montgomery Street.

“Jersey Boys,” which opened Tuesday and runs through Oct. 28 at the Landmark Theatre, takes audiences behind the scenes of the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The group wrote its own songs and sold 175 million records worldwide.

“Jersey Boys” has won awards for best musical on Broadway and in London and Australia. The musical opened on Broadway in 2005, where it is still playing at the August Wilson Theatre. Songs include “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Dawn” and “My Eyes Adored You.”

The show’s producers note “Jersey Boys” is not for all audiences. There are drug references, sexual situations and profane “authentic Jersey language.”

Here is a short rundown of the season’s other four shows:

Blue Man Group

Jan. 31 to Feb. 3

Landmark Theatre

Founded by Chris Wink, Phil Stanton and Matt Goldman, Blue Man Group is known for its ground-breaking theatrical shows that combine music, comedy and multimedia elements to produce a dynamic mix. The party atmosphere created at its live performances has become a trademark of Blue Man Group. More than 25 million people across the globe have shared in the “Blue Man Group experience.”

Now, in the group’s third decade, the Blue Man is a multinational media and entertainment company that boasts theatrical and digital media operations across three continents.

“The Addams Family”

March 25 to 27

Crouse Hinds Theater

This musical comedy, based on the Addams Family comic and television characters, tells the story of Wednesday Addams, a princess of darkness, who has fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable, normal family. She confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. But everything changes for the family when it hosts a dinner for Wednesday’s boyfriend and his parents.

“The Addams Family” opened on Broadway in April 2010 and closed in December 2011 after 722 performances.

“Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan”

April 15 to 17

Crouse Hinds Theater

Tony Award nominee and eight-time Olympic gold medalist Cathy Rigby takes flight in this new production of “Peter Pan.”

“Rigby still carries off the flights and acrobatics that make ‘Peter Pan’ audiences mesmerized,” the New York Times said in a review of the show.

“West Side Story”

May 28 to 30

Crouse Hinds Theater

The songs from the original 1957 Broadway production are retained in this “West Side Story” revival, with the addition of a few songs in Spanish. It’s a poignant love story told through music and dance of Tony and Maria, the ill-fated couple caught in the gang war between the Sharks and the Jets in New York City. Classic songs include “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” and “I Feel Pretty.”

the details: Famous artists series in syracuse
WHAT: The Famous Artists 2012-13 Broadway Theater Series in Syracuse.
WHEN: The five-show series opened Tuesday with “Jersey Boys,” which runs through Oct. 28. The series concludes May 28 to 30 with “West Side Story.”
WHERE: “Jersey Boys” and a performance by the Blue Man Group (Jan. 31 to Feb. 3) will be staged at the Landmark Theatre, 361 S. Salina St.
“The Addams Family” (March 25 to 27), “Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan” (April 15 to 17) and “West Side Story” will be staged at Crouse Hinds Theater, Mulroy Civic Center at Oncenter, 411 Montgomery St.
TICKETS: Season tickets are available with prices at $315, $255 and $170. Individual tickets prices for “Jersey Boys” range from $38.15 to $74.70. Individual pricing for other shows has yet to be announced.
To order tickets, call Famous Artists at 424-8210, stop by its offices at 241 W. Fayette St., or visit its website at
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