Dare I say it…the atmosphere when I went to see Jersey Boys at the Prince Edward Theatre, London, last night was electric! The whole theatre was buzzing in anticipation before it started and then hung on every word said and sung by the cast.
When I was invited to see Jersey Boys to celebrate Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ nearly fifty years of success I have to admit I had never heard of the band. A couple of songs were sung to me and I recognised them straight away. Think “Big Girls don’t Cry” “Sherry” “Can’t take my eyes off You”. We all know them however young or old we are, they are classics.
IN the 1960’s four New Jersey ‘guys’ come together and form what is eventually known as The Four Seasons. Tommy De Vito was the self proclaimed leader, a player but also a protector. Frankie Valli was ‘the voice’. Hard working and loyal his voice is so distinct you would know it was him just by hearing him. Nick Massi played the bass guitar and sang bass vocals. Bobby Gaudio was driven by his childhood success and was a composer. They came from tough backgrounds, there were connections to The Mob but I expect it made the drive to improve their lives all the more poignant.
The musical covers their lives from the beginning right up until the present day. I want to know more now and I certainly want to buy the sound track. In fact they have a new fan!
It is a truly great musical, the acting was fantastic, the singing awesome, there was so much going on and so much to take in that I can understand why people go and see this over and over again. Be prepared to have your ear drums massaged by the high pitched singing, but in a good way. I am amazed at how many hits Four Seasons had, I am sure that I actually know more of their songs than I do ‘The Beatles’ I just didn’t realise it was them.
Jon Lee, of S Club 7 fame, played a fantastic Frankie. Eugene McCoy played Nick Massi, his movements, his voice, his singing was faultless and he put comedy into the production.
Word of caution, although the songs would appeal to the young the language is not appropriate for young children sadly so be aware of that before booking tickets if it is your intention to take them.
Here is a little snippet:
The production was slick, fast moving, very professional and also a lot of fun. The cast were given a standing ovation, I haven’t seen that for a long while. I would highly recommend this if you can get to see it, it is well worth every penny.
I award it a big 5/5 cupcakes.