Jerry Schoenith
(1)     The Roostertail: Famous Detroit venue celebrates
55th anniversary, Schoenith twins turn 70

(2)      Heritage- Roostertail's Schoenith family: Detroit
entertainment, business pioneers

(3)      Boat racing- Detroit's controversial first family of boat
racing: The Schoeniths

(4)      The Roostertail- A celebration of the Roostertail's 55
years in business, and how it plans to stay another 55

(5)       The Roostertail's Schoenith family: A lesson in the
American dream
Detroit's Roostertail plays big  part when Frankie sings, with horns, for the first
time, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,”. Google Jersey Boys then search for The
Roostertail story, Paul Drew RKO's , story, big shot that was running CKLW
radio.Tom (Jerry's Twin) and Diane invited Paul Drew down for Monday press
preview night of the Four Seasons.
Detroit's Roostertail Stars in
Click  on           National Print Story of the Schoentih  family in five great articles by writer Michael Wayland
‘Jersey Boys’ walks, talks like the man
Clint Eastwood's direction brings Broadway musical
to screen

Author: Michelle F. Solomon, Contributing writer

Published On: Jun 20 2014 04:30:01 PM EDT

Clint Eastwood gives Broadway musical Jersey Boys the celluloid treatment, adding his own
touches of genius that, pardon the pun, really makes the story of the Four Seasons sing.

Eastwood seems to get it on all levels, creating a movie musical that isn't too heavy on music,
but doesn't skimp on it, yet gives it an urgency with the behind-the-scenes drama that makes
it interesting to those who don't give a dang about the mid-20th century boy band.

The tug-of-war for the film, though, is making it fit for the big screen when it really feels more
like a made-for-TV biopic. But what do I know? The 60-something guy next to me was singing
along with every tune and when the movie was over, yelled "Bravo" at the screen.

The movie is really a few stories rolled into one. First, there's the story of the group of guys
from outside of Newark  — Belleville, N.J. — who, according to the first of the four to speak
directly into the camera (the asides technique is used in the musical and skillfully done here),
have only three ways to get out of their dead end town: “join the Mob, join the Army, or get

They are Goodfellas types who come from lower middle class homes that have pictures of the
Pope in the same frame as a black and white of Frank Sinatra, where spaghetti is the staple at
dinner, and "dis, dat, does and yo," plus a slap upside the head, are a common language. The
movie begins following the small town thugs whose plan to steal a safe goes awry when it's
too heavy and big to fit in the truck of a car.

But soon the focus turns to Francesco Stephen Castelluccio, a.k.a. Frankie Valli, the guy with
the falsetto voice. Frankie is basically a good guy, while his pal Tommy DeVito (the wonderful
Vincent Piazza), a hustler, sees that Frankie is a Golden Ticket.

The movie goes through the band's rise and fall, Frankie's tumultuous life with his alcoholic
wife, and eventually the debt he has to pay off  because of DeVito's gambling addiction.
The only known star in the cast is Christopher Walken, who dives into the role as a mobster
who tears up when Frankie sings.

John Lloyd Young, who created the role on Broadway, is absolutely riveting on screen.
Eastwood approached Lloyd Young to star in the film while he was performing the show. It
was a wise choice in the fact that he's played Valli almost 2,000 times on stage.

The director insisted that the cast sing live on camera and there's definitely the feel of the
immediate performance. Eastwood also makes sure that the decades (the 1950s, 1960s, and
1970s) are captured creating almost another character with the spot-on eras. Eastwood's
direction, which is reminiscent of the same style he brought to the 2008 Changeling, soars
amidst vintage instruments, cars and costumes.

While the film has its share of gems, the curtain call takes the cake. How to capture a
Broadway curtain call on film? The wonderful closing number of Jersey Boys is choreographed
to a tee. And Walken doing a soft shoe? Priceless.
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