There are a lot of blockbuster hopefuls coming out this summer, but perhaps none of them are more risky than Clint Eastwood’s song-and-dance musical Jersey Boys, a star-studded adaptation of the Broadway play of the same name. As Rob Marshall, whose ambitious musical Nine flopped at the box office, and Adam Shankman, whose Rock of Ages only faired slightly better and never recouped its budget, can attest, movie musicals are very tough to do.
Honestly, I don’t think that Eastwood’s Jersey Boys is going to fare much better than Nine or Rock of Ages at the box office, but hopefully it will at least do a solid job of communicating the fascinating story of popular ’60s musicians Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
Today, seven new clips for the film have hit the web, and you can watch them down below. The acting looks very solid all around, though that probably won’t be a deciding factor in whether this film’s target audience seeks it out at the box office. John Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Renee Marino, Mike Doyle and Christopher Walken all star in Jersey Boys, which features a number of the group’s biggest hits like “Sherry” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” The musical numbers in this movie look fantastic, but will they be able to draw in a big crowd? We’ll find out when the film opens.
The full synopsis reads as follows:
Clint Eastwood’s big screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of the four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic `60s rock group The Four Seasons. Their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the hit songs that influenced a generation, and are now being embraced by a new generation of fans through the stage musical.
Jersey Boys will sing and dance its way into theaters on June 20th.