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'Jersey Boys' has been a windfall for all involved

'Jersey Boys' has been a windfall for all involved

At the height of their fame, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons churned out a string of hit singles about a rag doll, a girl named Sherry and a particularly memorable night in late December, back in '63.

The team behind the stage musical "Jersey Boys" has been singing a tune of its own during the last decade — a song of big money for its creators, investors and two members of the band that inspired it.

However successful Clint Eastwood's movie version is at the box office, it will have a tough time catching up to the original jukebox musical, one of the few shows on Broadway that can call itself a billion-dollar business.

The appeal of the original "Jersey...