Review: Jersey Boys at the New Alexandra Theatre
You can see why this brilliant musical has won so many awards, in fact it has more than 55 major awards to its name worldwide, including the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2009. I can safely say it’s the best musical I’ve ever seen and certainly deserves an award for the best night out on a cold and wet winter’s evening.
The hit musical tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and their remarkable rise to fame as they became one of the most successful bands in music history. Cleverly told over four seasons, it charts the humble rise to fame and and inevitable fall from grace of the band, who went on to sell over 100 million records around the world and were eventually inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll hall of fame.
Jersey Boys portrays a brilliant and honest story of how four men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey managed to find a unique sound and have a glittering music career. The musical follows their triumphs, heartaches, headaches and relationships and is one of the most inspirational stories of any pop group in musical history.
Every star hits a high note, especially Tim Driesen in the lead role as the main man, Frankie Valli. He manages to capture Valli’s piercingly powerful falsetto vocals perfectly, as do all the other members of the cast, hitting all the right notes spot on.
All the songs are instantly recognisable from the opening bars, including infectious upbeat hits such as Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Beggin’, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Bye Bye Baby and Walk Like A Man. Swaying in your seat, toe-tapping, singing along and clapping your hands are inevitable. We were humming the tunes all the way home!
This is a must see musical whether you are a fan of the genre or not. It is a powerful story told with authenticity and energy which definitely merited the standing ovation it received. The extensive cast of actors, dancers and musicians are extremely talented, everybody plays a part and it leaves you thinking on the way home, ‘oh, what a night!’
Photos: Helen Maybanks
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