THEATRE REVIEW – JERSEY BOYS – MAYFLOWER

SECOND UK TOUR OF INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED STAGE SENSATION JERSEY BOYS

‘Jersey Boys’ tells the true life story of The Four Seasons, boys from the wrong side of the tracks who wrote their own songs, invented their own sound and to date have sold 100 million records worldwide.

It’s won 57 major awards worldwide including the Olivier for ‘Best New Musical’

So knowing all that I had really high hopes for this show. All I’ve heard about it are good things so safe to say I was super excited for this one.

It didn’t disappoint.

I absolutely love shows like this, any sort of biographical music show is always going to grab my attention and I didn’t really know a lot about The Four Seasons so I was interested to see how they got to be as successful as they are.

It follows the group from their inception right up until they are inducted into the rock n roll hall of fame in the early 00’s.

It’s a really interesting story, brutal in places when you see how friendship actually didn’t play that much of a part in it as the success grew. Showing the founding member to be really a very shrewd – but not very clever – businessman. Making wrong choices and getting involved with gangsters.

A few things in this stood out for me, being one that notices the creative bits behind the shows I was blown away by the set on this. It was almost like an extra character as it changes constantly with the story. It’s very clever and added a lot to it.

Secondly, Michael Watson who played Frankie Valli, we all know that iconic voice and it’s not an easy one to imitate. But when he sang ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You’ there was complete silence in the theatre. Definitely one of those moments that gave me goosebumps and not one I will forget in a hurry.

What I loved about the way this story was told is that it wasn’t one sided. Although it is for the most part told by Tommy Devito (Simon Bailey) there are parts in the show where each one of the members gives his own version.

The Four Seasons were renowned for their unique and incredible sound so understandably the vocals throughout the whole show were just unbelievable, these were big shoes to fill. The cast did this so effortlessly if you didn’t know it wasn’t the real ones you would think it was.

I was also surprised by how many of these songs I knew and also some that I never realised were actually by them. ‘Beggin’ for example. No idea that was a cover let alone one originally by The Four Seasons. It just goes to show that these songs have stood the test of time and are still relevant today.

All in all I really enjoyed this show. It is incredibly fast paced going very quickly from song to song sometimes with such a small amount of dialogue delivered so fast – as is the American/Italian way – that I did struggle in parts to keep up with what was happening. That being said it did keep me captivated for that exact same reason.

Southampton is the last stop on this UK Tour so make sure you get along to see it.

JERSEY BOYS IS ON AT THE MAYFLOWER UNTIL MARCH 30TH – TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE AT WWW.MAYFLOWER.ORG

Jodie Brough – Follow me on twitter @jodievoicefm

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