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Average customer review: 4.5 star rating (4.6 Stars)

Number of reviews: 282

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4.0 star rating Anonymous from London,

YOU'LL BE HUMMING THOSE TUNES FOR A LONG TIME AFTERWARDS!

Great show - Friends of ours had spare tickets for the matinee of this on 21/06/14 in London and we thought okay, why not. We were up in one of the boxes (right hand side as you face the stage). The view from there is restricted with action on the right hand side, particularly near the back very obscured. That said, the box had plenty of room, it's own private toilet even a lounge type area with a refrigerator for your drinks! The show itself was a slick procession of The 4 seasons 60's hits interspersed with smart one liners revealing the lives of the band members. Set in the harsh world of the New Jersey projects against the background of loose women and wiseguys, its a sort of "Goodfellas" meets "That Thing You Do". Personally, I think the criticism or Michael Watson on here is harsh and he seemed pretty good in the lead role to me, although our friends did say they previous lead was better. You will come out humming those songs and it's a tight, well executed show.

4.0 star rating Val Matthews from Shevington, Lancashire

FABULOUS SHOW - A DEFINITE MUST-SEE

19th August 2021 Jersey Boys was absolutely fantastic tonight! ALL the cast and musicians are fabulous. I didn’t want it to end! The casting is superb- everyone seemed perfect for the roles they played. Top class singing from everyone - to find someone who could sing as high as Frankie Valli was genius! Can’t take my eyes off you was my favourite of his solo songs. Definitely a must-see show. The only reason I didn’t give it a 5 - would have been 4 3/4 if possible - was because at the beginning of the show - and I’m no means a prude - there were just too many f-words. In the second half of the show there was an odd smattering of swearing, as appropriate, and that was fine but if we’d had the grandchildren with us I would have been very uncomfortable in the first half. Congratulations to all the cast, musicians, production and behind the scenes staff - be very proud of yourselves!

4.0 star rating Anita wdwards from London, England

FANTASTIC BUT .....

Overall fantastic show seen it many times singers were brilliant, only downside is you can't get up and dance as you did in the past. Think would be a better experience if audience participation is allowed do came out of show a bit disappointed.

3.5 star rating SARAH CUNNINGHAM from UK

SLIGHTLY DISAPPOINTING

Saw the show on Friday night, great theatre wonderful music and the singing was fantastic BUT the cast lacked energy and the performance was somewhat spoiled by the pauses they took in the dialogue,clearly waiting for laughs that didnt occur, which affected the pace of the performance Second half was better than the first !!!!

3.5 star rating Alan Owen from Lancaster

TWO OUT OF THE FOUR WERE MISSING

We had really looked forward to this show after seing them om television but were dissapointed both frankie and nick were played by understudies, don't get me wrong they were good and the show was very good but we should be told when we book the tickets if understudies are being used, it did spoil our night and we felt we were being seen off!! but then London is a rip off, shame on the theatre

3.5 star rating YVR from London, currently!

DETAILS

I believe it's all in the details, and having seen the show in rehearsal and full play in several locations, I can definitely say that a few things could do with some work - for the London cast. One casting colleague also commented on how Nick Massi appeared to be from Liverpool, given the accent we were hearing. It was such a shame as the actor had been in the show a long time already..and this kind of thing should be licked before the curtain goes up in previews... the slightly narrower stage is also a slight shame, as it means Gaudio's 'oh what a night' scene take him 'downstairs' with a large portion of the audience 'losing' them - IF the stage right steps were used as in other JB productions (Chicago, Toronto & others) everyone would have a much more enjoyable view of them...and the story line would be clearer for first-time audience members. Some elements of rushing through the script, but a tourist-heavy audience can enjoy it over and over again!

3.0 star rating Sandra from UK

DISAPPOINTED

Went to see this show on 3 May and although acting, dancing, singing especially, were superb why on earth did they only sing a couple of songs in full???? My friend and I were looking forward to hearing all the old songs again and every time they got into a number it was cut short!!!! We sat in the front row of the grand circle and our view was obscurred by the safety rail. I also thought that Frankie Valli and Tommy DeVito were excellent. But what a waste of singing talent that we never got to hear most of the songs that we love. Would only recommend it if someone wanted to know the story - don't go if you want to hear all your old favourites.

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If you've seen it before, I recommend seeing it again to see how the new cast and theatre, and newcomers will delight in the sheer toe-tapping fabulousity of the numbers.

Even if you weren't a twinkle in your parents' eyes in the Sixties, Jersey Boys has plenty of catchy non-stop hits that you are bound to recognise.

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