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Member Name: linann
Advantages: Fantastic music, storyline and actors!
I am an avid theatre goer and fan but for some reason Jersey Boys had never really appealed to me when looking for shows to go and see. However, my sister had been raving on about it and when we were looking for a show to go and see we decided that we would give it a go.
We weren't disappointed!
We booked our tickets through the Delfont Mackintosh theatre website which was easy to use. The show is popular but it is possible to get tickets, especially on a week night. Another thing to mention is that twice we have wanted to change our tickets after booking, once at very short notice, and the theatre were very happy to do this if there were seats available for the show we wanted to see, provided we returned the other tickets to them first and paid a £1.75 admin fee.
The show is in the Prince Edward theatre which is just off Shaftesbury Avenue in the centre of the West End. The theatre is well kept and the seats are comfortable (more on seats later).
The show itself is the based around the true life story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. It takes you through their lives right from the beginning when they were forming the group and looking for the different members, to the high points of their success and then the lows when the group began to break down. It also tells a lot about their personal lives and what was going on behind the scenes. It was partly written by Bob Gaudio who was an orginal member of the band and he had a lot of input during the rehearsal period.
The songs are all songs from that the orginal group did but rather than it being the typical 'juke box muscial' that a lot of theatre goers don't like, somehow the songs work well to tell the story. There are a lot of songs that people will recognise but don't necessarily realise were done by the Four Seasons, and the tunes will definitely have you humming along and wanting to get up and dance!
The story is split into four parts (2 in each half of the show), all named after the different seasons - ie spring, summer, autumn and winter. Each season is narrated by a different member of the band so you get to hear the different perspectives of each character.
The set is quite simple but very effective.
The actors themselves are all fantastic. We saw the original cast which had Ryan Molloy as Frankie, Stephen Ashfield as Bob Gaudio, Phillip Bulcock as Nick Massi and Glenn Carter as Tommy De Vito. They all sing fantastically, especially Ryan who had the most to do, and all are great characters. You could really relate to what all of them were feeling. The main cast has changed although Ryan and Stephen are still there.
The upshot of it was that we loved it and I have since been back about five times to see it!
Just a quick note on the seats - we sat in quite a few different places. I prefer sitting in the stalls so I can see more usually. The first time we were right at the back of the Upper Circle and although the overall view was good, you don't get to see the small nuances and facial expressions. The stalls were good seats, and we also sat in the loges once which are short rows of seats which come down at the sides of the Circle towards the stalls. They were actually very good seats and you had a good view of the stage overall as well as being close enough to see small details. You can get front row restricted view seats for 20 pounds. The stage comes up quite high so I think you cannot see what happens right at the back of the stage from this row and you might also get a bit of neck ache but probably worth the price!
So all in all, definitely worth seeing! One of my favourite shows in the West End at the moment!
Summary: A brilliant musical
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