Broadway's "Jersey Boys" tells the rags-to-riches story of The Four Seasons, a group of four quintessential Italian-Americans who came from a blue-collar New Jersey background and achieved pop stardom with hits like "Sherry" and "Big Girls Don't Cry."

Broadway's "Jersey Boys" tells the rags-to-riches story of The Four Seasons, a group of four quintessential Italian-Americans who came from a blue-collar New Jersey background and achieved pop stardom with hits like "Sherry" and "Big Girls Don't Cry."

When the production swings into Columbus for a two-week stint at the Ohio Theatre in September, make an Italian-themed night of it.

Toast the evening

Kick things off at the bar at Rigsby's Kitchen, where you'll find plenty of Italian-influenced cocktails to choose from. Cocktail consultant Nicolene Schwartz has been working with the restaurant to create drink lists themed around amaro, a type of bittersweet Italian liqueur.

The refreshing Prosecco Spritz ($11) pairs bubbly wine with sparkling water and Aperol, a bright orange, herby aperitif. Also great is the Testarossa ($14), a vodka-and-vermouth drink that gets sweetness from grapefruit and bell pepper and a bitter twist from Campari.

Order a plate of Rigsby's citrus-marinated olives for a before-show snack.

Dine at a classic

Head to the Brewery District for an old-school meal at the charming Tony's Italian Ristorante. Owner Tony Scartz is a near-constant presence at the restaurant, a longtime favorite among politicians.

Go for classic dishes like veal parmigiana ($17 for lightly breaded, pan-fried filets topped with provolone and marinara) or tall squares of baked lasagna ($15). And customers love Tony's Own Fettuccini ($16), a bowl of homemade fettuccini in a rich cream sauce topped with sauteed shrimp, scallops and crab.

In a delightful throwback touch, most entree prices include a house salad, linguine marinara and Italian bread with herb butter.

Nightcap treat

Wind down at Due Amici, Downtown's chic, brick-walled Italian hotspot. Rush over after the curtain falls and snag a seat at the bar for a quick treat to end the evening.

Due Amici's version of the old standby tiramisu ($8) is a sophisticated, not-too-sweet take on a favorite Italian dessert. But they've got less-common offerings, too, like a traditional Italian polenta tart called a Crostata ($8), sweetened with chocolate and garnished with mint-spiked whipped cream and fresh raspberries. Or try pound cake ($8) made the Italian way-with ricotta-served with a lemon creme anglaise.