Oh, what a night!!!
After a night with the boys from the wrong side of they track, I can confirm that Jersey Boys is the Godfather of musicals.
Jersey Boys has been a hit since 2005 when it was introduced to Broadway. It is a true rags to riches story of four guys, with four different stories, who took the world by storm; but life didn’t turn out as they dreamed it would be.
It tells the story of the Four Seasons, a 1960s rock ‘n’ roll band including Franki Valli with an i (Matt Corner), song-writer Bob Gaudio (Sam Ferriday), Nick Massi (Lewis Griffiths) and Tommy Devito (Henry Davis) and their rise to stardom.
I assumed that this would be another jukebox musical where we would have songs thrown at us and unless you were a fan, you would feel out of place. But I was wrong. You don’t have to be a fan to watch this, in fact you would probably become a fan from watching this and there is quite a few songs that you would suddenly say to yourself ‘I know this one’. The individual stories are told in such a way that it can be easily understood and followed as we follow each actor with their own personal story and struggle. They managed to get a large story across in a direct fast paced way that kept your attention from scene to scene, there was always something to look at and digest as we learnt more about their lives. I found myself listening to the words of each song, which gave you real understanding to why it was written, expressing where they were in their journey.
The set was modern and constantly changing, some scenes would literally be there for a moment before the stage was quickly turned into something else, but it didn’t distract you from the actors and made it all the more real, as they took us from song to song and storyline to storyline. I personally loved the Roy Lichtenstein style cartoon comic strip in the back ground, as well as the silhouette of chimneys and pylons, that made the set photographic.
As the show went on it got better and better with hits like Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Earth Angel, Walk Like A Man, Fallen Angel, Beggin’ and my favourite the duet My Eyes Adored You. This show uplifted the theatre, as you looked around the audience were either singing or tapping their feet, either way they were engaged with the show.
The whole cast are seriously talented actors, with chemistry that works, not to mention having their difficult Jersey accent down to a T. Clearly, Franki Valli (Matt Corner) stole the show, but they were all just as talented and brilliant, whilst looking daper in their costumes.
If you’re looking for a fast and furious show, with 30 something hits as well as a strong storyline, then grab yourself some tickets whilst the Jersey Boys are in town.
The show runs at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre until Saturday 3rd October 2015. For more information and bookings go to http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/aylesbury-waterside-theatre/