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.

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10 thoughts on “Jersey Boys ( Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons)- a review

  1. Fantastic! I’ve wanted to see this since it came out but don’t get to go to the theatre very often. I’ve heard such great things about it.

    Posted on March 30, 2011 at 8:49 pm
  2. Hey hun wasn’t actually Ryan Malloy last night, was Jon Lee. He and Ryan are sharing the role now. It was his first night which is why it was a press show 🙂
    Glad you enjoyed it! And glad I wasn’t the only one that had no idea who an earth they were prior to the show!!!!

    Posted on March 30, 2011 at 4:02 pm
    1. Ooops! Thanks for pointing that out. I couldn’t see him very well. Thought it was Ryan! 😉

      Posted on March 30, 2011 at 4:49 pm
  3. My mom went some time back to see Jersey Boys in Chicago. She loved, loved, loved it! So did my sister, who took her!

    Posted on March 30, 2011 at 4:37 pm
    1. I bet they did, was fabulous. 🙂

      Posted on March 30, 2011 at 4:49 pm
  4. Completely agree with your comments and can highly recommend this show – fantastic fun and poignant at the same time. You’ll be amazed at how many tunes you recognise!

    I’m not sure on the cast line-up at the moment but when we saw it Ryan Malloy played Frankie and Glenn Carter also starred as Tommy – both brilliant.

    Word of caution – if you’re taking young children there is some strong language.

    Book now – you won’t regret it! :0)

    Posted on March 30, 2011 at 11:31 am
    1. I forgot to do cast…will edit. Jon Lee played Frankie. In my enthusiasm to post I forgot these important points. 🙂

      Posted on March 30, 2011 at 11:35 am
  5. Very envious!!

    As you may know, I’m a bit of a musical theatre luvvie myself and would love to see this show. It’s on my list!

    Was the chap playing Frankie Vallie still Ryan Molloy? I saw him in Godspell in Peterborough a few years ago and he was quite superb – then he suddenly became famous in the lead role in Jersey Boys.

    If you get any more offers like this and you’re busy – pass them my way!

    Posted on March 30, 2011 at 11:35 am
    1. It was Jon Lee, he was great! I will definitely.

      Posted on March 30, 2011 at 11:41 am