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A show for all seasons!
Member Name: kingfisher111
Date: 27/07/10, updated on 15/08/11 (144 review reads)
Advantages: fab show
As it was our tenth wedding anniversary this weekend my husband and I decided to treat ourselves to a weekend in London with a visit to a West End show. The show we chose was Jersey Boys and we were so glad that we did as it is truly a brilliant show and one that at some point I would love to see again.
The show is performed at the Prince Edward Theatre and the nearest tube station is Tottenham Court Road which is quite handy as it is on both the Northern and the Central line. It is only a short walk to the theatre.
Jersey Boys is based on the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons going back to the time when the group was first formed in 1960 and struggling to be heard right up to the present day. It is a story with many ups and downs but it is a totally fascinating story accompanied by some fantastic tunes that were originally performed by the group. Throughout the show, each of the original group members take turns in telling their version of events which I really liked. Sometimes two people might remember certain times slightly differently to others!
There is no one that well known taking any of the leading roles but I actually prefer this when watching musicals. Sometimes a star billing can detract from the story, and the four performers taking on the roles of the four group members were all absolutely brilliant. The singing was excellent and I do have to particularly mention the actor playing Frankie Valli as he sang all the high notes just as wonderfully as the original. In the show we watched Frankie Valli was being played by Scott Monello who only takes the role in certain performances as it is so demanding on the voice. All the performers on stage were all excellent though and the singing and the choreography were just mesmerising!
There are some fabulous musical numbers and far too many to mention them all but I will just pick out a few of my favourites - Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry, Walk like a Man, December 1963, My Eyes Adored You, Let's Hang on, Can't Take my Eyes Off You and Who Loves You? As we were making our way to the show, me and my husband were trying to think of what Four Seasons songs that we knew and could only think of a couple. Therefore, it was a really lovely surprise to discover that I knew so many once the show started and they are all great songs.
We couldn't help noticing that the audience was probably slightly older on the whole than for most shows and that is probably due to the fact that if you remember the Sixties you will remember all of this music first time round. Having seen jersey Boys though, I would definitely say that it is a show for everyone and it would be a shame if slightly younger audience members missed out by choosing to see other shows instead.
We really enjoyed this show and it was perhaps even better because it was based on a true story but linking all the music of the Four Seasons. My husband very astutely commented after the show that it worked better than say 'We Will Rock You' or 'Mamma Mia' because the songs are there because that is what the group performed rather than contriving together to attempt to fit in with a story - if that makes sense.
Unfortunately going to the theatre is not cheap so it can only ever be a rare treat for us. We booked a package through the Show and Stay website but I can tell you that just to buy a single ticket for Jersey Boys ranges from £21.75 (Grand Circle) to £64.25. There are eight performances a week from Tuesday through to Sunday including three matinee performances. There is also quite a lot of strong language so the website states that it is not a suitable show for the under twelves.
Summary: Really enjoyable
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