NEW HAVEN -- When I asked intrepid Shubert exec Anthony Lupinacci how Tuesday's opening night for "Jersey Boys" went, he said simply, "Great!" Now I know what he meant.
You can nitpick certain notes during this demanding show vocally (see a fascinating look into the guy playing Frankie Valli in Donna Doherty's Sunday story http://nhregister.com/articles/2012/09/21/entertainment/arts/doc505d155543677237732278.txt ), but mostly these guys sound close to the originals. And on Bob Gaudio's timeless hits, that's standing-ovation material.
The musicianship doesn't hurt either. The final few numbers are played with the horn section standing on the stage's metallic-looking riser above the cast.
The Shubert staff and volunteers are friendly and available, including Executive Director John Fisher, at the exit doors after the show chatting up happy patrons.
A little tip about parking: If you're going to use the Shubert garage, get there a half-hour early at least. It's a slow go for the last 20 minutes up the spiral. A better option might be the Temple Street Garage, which will be easier to enter and exit but involves a short downtown walk.