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'Jersey Boys' goes Texan in Strait tribute

June 8, 2014

By Robert Philpot, Fort Worth Star-Telegram



June 08--Jersey Boys, currently running at Fort Worth'sBass Hall, is about the Four Seasons, known for harmonies and high notes. But on Friday, cast members shot a video at Billy Bob's Texas paying tribute to another legend -- and showing their versatility.

In honor of George Strait's final concert Saturday AT&T Stadium -- which turned out to be a big record-breaker -- five cast members and a musician from Jersey Boys shot a video with a medley of two Strait classics: Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind and All My Exes Live in Texas.

Don't expect a Four Seasons-style falsetto cover. The singers go, well, straight country with this one. Here's the video:

Performing in the video are Nicolas Dromard, Quinn Van Antwerp and Adam Zelasko, three of the Four Seasons in the show, along with Shaun Taylor-Corbett, who portrays Frankie Valli during some of the weekend performances; orchestra member Ty Simmons on guitar; and cast member John Rochette, tapping on a newspaper.

"He is a true legend -- with over 60 No. 1 hits. A remarkable singer, a fantastic performer, the whole package," says a joint statement by Dromard, Van Antwerp, Zelasko and Taylor-Corbett. "We wanted to pay tribute to someone whose work has made such a huge impact on us. In country music, it just doesn't get much better than George Strait."

Presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth, Jersey Boys runs through June 15 at Bass Performance Hall. For more information, visit http://www.basshall.com.

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