First of all, I have to give the credit to Ms. Glaiza Lee, my classmate in high school and now a writer, who made this memorable experience possible. Thank you very, very much! 🙂 🙂

She invited me to watch the musical play, Jersey Boys. Knowing that my crush, Christian Bautista is one of the characters, and after confirming that it is for free, I said YES! (capslock para intense!). Kinilig ako promise! I was a fan of him since Star in a Million days and this opportunity is a wish come true to see him live. Ang saya ko! #Fanmodeon.

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Oh My!

September 24 came. I was supposed to meet Glaiza and to have dinner before the show at 6pm but due to heavy traffic from Laguna to Ortigas, I arrived past seven. My fault to watch the show while our stomach was grumbling. Sorry, teh.

 

To tell you honestly, I don’t really know who the Jersey Boys are, or what their story is about. I didn’t Google-d anything about them before the show so I will have the reason to be more excited. Pero ang habol ko lang talaga, si Christian! Hehehe.

Four Seasons and Four Voices

The cast is composed of Markki Stroem as Tommy deVito, Nino Alejandro as Nick Massi, Nyoy Volante as Frankie Valli and Christian Bautista as Bob Gaudio. They are collectively known as The Four Seasons –the 1960’s rock n’roll group who brought songs like “Sherry“, “My Eyes Adored You” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You“, among others.  All throughout the play, I was waiting for the name “Jersey Boys” to come out haha! ‘Yun ang title ng play, diba? ‘Yun pala, the four members came from New Jersey. So that makes sense.

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Jersey Boys cast. Photo from @markkistroem Instagram

Oh wait… I won’t write here the synopsis, you can find it in Google anyway.

Each member has his own shining moment, taking turns to narrate the rise and fall of the band as the seasons change (winter, spring, summer, fall). At first, I was like, “Where is Christian? Ang tagal nya namang lumabas!”, but when he appeared whoa! I wanted to jump off my seat and hug him. Ayun na siya!!!

They all pronounced their lines clear and sang beautifully. But what amazed me was how their voices blended so perfectly. And Nyoy’s falsetto was really incredible! Nakakaloka lang!

Aside from showcasing their voices, the kind of music of the band requires the cast to have some dance moves. So Nyoy, Markki and Nino can dance but Christian however, still needs to improve in this art. (Sorry, baby! I still love you.)

The whole play was outstanding, the songs used were entertaining and the over-all experience was memorable. I even found myself searching You Tube for their songs! Their performance really deserved a standing ovation. Oh what a night!

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Too bad though, as per theatre rules, taking photos during performance was prohibited. So wala kaming picture ni Christian 😦

 

Still Can’t Get Over…..

The consolation that I got from two of the boys is this: untitled

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The song My Eyes Adored You is my personal favorite, listening to this now 🙂

Chorus:

My eyes adored you
Though I never laid a hand on you
My eyes adored you
Like a million miles away from me
You couldn’t see how I adored you
So close, so close and yet so far

Carried your books from school
Playin’ “make-believe you’re married to me”
You were fifth-grade, I was sixth
When we came to be
Walkin’ home every day over Barnegat Bridge and Bay
Till we grew into the me and you
Went our separate ways

[Chorus]

Headed for city lights
Climbed the ladder up to fortune and fame
I worked my fingers to the bone
Made myself a name
Funny I seemed to find
That no matter how the years unwind
Still I reminisce ’bout the girl I miss
And the love I left behind

[Chorus]

(My eyes adored you)
All my life I will remember
(Though I never laid a hand on you)
How warm and tender we were way back then, whoa, whoa, baby
(Like a million miles away from me
you couldn’t see how I adored you)
Oh, the feeling, sad regrets
(So close, so close and yet so far)
I know I won’t ever forget ya, my childhood friend

(My eyes adored you)
(Though I never laid a hand on you)
(My eyes adored you)
(Like a million miles away from me
you couldn’t see how I adored you)

[Fade]
So close, so close and yet so far

 

Discover friendship, love, stardom and the music of the “Jersey Boys” as they run until October 16 at Meralco Theater, Ortigas Ave. corner Meralco Ave, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Check out ticketworld.com.ph for ticket prices and show schedules.

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