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'Jersey Boys' returns to Portland

Left to right: Aaron De Jesus, Matthew Dailey, Cory Jeacoma and Keith Hines - AKA the Jersey Boys - pal around at Nel Centro.

The music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons is back in the Rose City.

"Jersey Boys," the Broadway smash about the rise of the band, is playing at the Keller Auditorium through April 23 as part of the Broadway in Portland series.

Aaron De Jesus plays Valli. He told KATU the show is a little different from what folks may expect from musical theater.

"This show is unique in a Broadway musical in that it is more like a play that has moments of rock concert," De Jesus said. "Most musicals use the songs to tell the story, whereas the songs in our show are a part of the story."

Fans of the band can expect to hear De Jesus and his fellow actors belt out about 35 of the band's hits during the performance.

Despite the upbeat music, De Jesus said the show doesn't play down the shortcomings of Frankie and his bandmates.

"It’s a real-life story with real people who did great things, but who also, like everybody in life, had hardships," De Jesus said. "We deal with gambling debt and with mixes up with the mob and those sorts of things."

Hanging out at Nel Centro, De Jesus, along with Matthew Dailey (Tommy DeVito), Keith Hines (Nick Massi), and Cory Jeacoma (Bob Gaudio) appear as comfortable with each other as they do during the performance.

"We’re on tour with each other," Jeacoma said. "We’re living in the same hotels together. We’re constantly together, so it’s either like each other, or have a really tough time on tour. So this is a family."

For more information on the show, and to get tickets, click here.

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