Here’s a head-scratcher: is director Clint Eastwood eschewing the typical mode of stage musical adaptation and just cribbing right from the original show? The director is in the midst of filming his take on smash hit Jersey Boys, and our first look at the film looks like it could have been snapped during a stage performance of the Tony-winning show – not during a film adaptation that, traditionally speaking, would move the stagey elements of such a production into the “real world.”
The Film Stage provides our first look at the film, which has been billed as the director’s “big screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical [which] 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.” But is Eastwood just embracing the aesthetic of the stage musical for his own film? (Just to compare, take a look below, which features a still from the stage production.)
Over at /Film, they too agree with our assessment that this first still looks majorly stagey, leading them to wonder if it “reveals that Eastwood’s film borrows visuals from the stage production, or this is just one of the many TV performances the Four Seasons have over the course of the show.” Here’s hoping that Eastwood doesn’t hew too closely to his source material for the look and feel of the film, because Jersey Boys is a truly excellent (and exceedingly fun!) stage musical that benefits immensely from the live element – just filming that and throwing it up on the big screen couldn’t possibly have the same energy and impact.
The film is, however, set to star theatrical talents like by John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Vincent Piazza, and Michael Lomenda, so at least we’re guaranteed some solid singing.
Jersey Boys opens on June 20. Hopefully, we’ll get a trailer or more stills soon, if only so we can determine the overall look and feel of this new production.
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