BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
The latest jukebox musical popping up in these parts is “Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story,” which is currently at the Pershing Square Signature Center.
Bert who, you say? That’s the hook for the songs he wrote.
Not all of them are treasures. Aside from several solid gold 1960s classics like the title tune, “Twist and Shout,” “Tell Him” and “Hang on Sloopy,” the song stack leans heavier towards the B side.
Writer Daniel Goldfarb’s over-long script about the too-short times of songwriter-producer Bert Berns comes closer to a grade C but at least it gets the job done.
Fortunately the show sounds delicious thanks to Garry Sherman’s tasty orchestrations as heated up by musical director Lon Hoyt’s lively eight-member band. The catchy tunefulness compensates at times for the trite storytelling and director-choreographer Denis Jones’ spotty staging of it all.