16 July, 2012

Jersey Boys

Some stills from the program and the cool blue T-Shirt I just HAD to buy

Saturday I went to QPAC to see Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. As a total theatre tragic and having been named after their hit song ‘Sherry’ there was no way I wasn’t going to see the show and I’m so glad I did because it was amazing!

A really fascinating insight into the rise of these young mobbed up street tough boys from Jersey all the way through to the highs and lows at the peak of their fame. The performances were fantastic and the voices – my goodness! To re-create such a unique and distinctive sound is amazing. The performers completely nailed Franki’s famous falsetto and Nick’s booming bass baritone as well as that unmistakable Italian Jersey swagger and accent.

The set itself was relatively simplistic although very cleverly used and while I was a little disappointed in the lack of 50s kitsch sets and 50s female fashion, the story really wasn’t about that. I did, however, LOVE the Lichtenstien-esque artwork that was projected by LED screens that came down from the ceiling.

Great performances, fantastic music, excellent use of stage and set and a really interesting look into the nitty gritty of one of the hardest working groups of the time. There were many highs but also some very heartbreaking and difficult lows but the loyalty these guys continued to show to each other and the group is nothing short of amazing.

And to think ‘Sherry’ was written on the spur of the moment in about 15 minutes and went on to become one of their first and biggest hits. Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons taught us how to Walk Like A Man and that Big Girls Don’t Cry. They wrote some of the most enduring music of their time and continue to traverse the gap between generations with many of their songs still being used in major motion pictures and advertising to this day.

They’ve been inducted into the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame but Jersey Boys brings to life the real story behind 4 guys under a streetlight in Jersey trying to find a way out of the neighbourhood and ending up under the spotlight.

If you haven't seen it  or aren't planning to, get in quick before tickets sell out! You won't regret it!

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