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The story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons returns to London in 2021 to take the West End by storm once again! Winning an Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2009 and 55 more across the globe, this musical phenomenon breaks box office records wherever it plays. Don't miss out as this Olivier Award nominee returns to West End stages once again in 2021!
The story of how four blue-collar boys from the back streets of New Jersey became America's biggest pop sensation, Jersey Boys premiered on Broadway in 2005 and promptly won the Tony Award for Best Musical the following year. The quality of the storytelling (not something readily associated with jukebox musicals) should have come as no surprise given that Marshall Brickman and Rob Elice were on writing duties. Brickman is an Oscar-winning screenwriter, best known for co-writing Annie Hall and Manhattan with Woody Allen, while Elice has the phenomenally acclaimed play Peter and The Starcatcher to his name. Both were enlisted by Clint Eastwood to write the screenplay for the Jersey Boys movie.
Pulsing with the vibrant energy of the 50s and 60s, Jersey Boys trounces its contemporaries by fashioning a truly compelling and complex narrative from The Four seasons rags to riches tale. And of course, there's just the small matter of the songs as well: Sherry, Walk Like a Man, December, 1963 (Oh What A Night), Can't Take My Eyes Off You and Big Girls Don't Cry are all included.
Unlike most other jukebox musicals, Jersey Boys doesn't shoe-horn the group's songs into an invented narrative. Rather, it's a chronological retelling of the band's rise to fame, narrated by each of the four members in turn.
We begin in the late 50s, with our narrator New Jersey singer, and sometime petty criminal, Tommy Devito. He's currently playing alongside his brother Nicki and friend Nick Massi in a rock 'n' roll band named the Variety Trio. It's fair to say that they aren't having the greatest of successes. But that all changes when Devito discovers the singing talents of local boy Frankie Castelluccio (later Valli). In his high-pitched, angelic voice, Devito knows he has something special. When genius songwriter Bob Gaudio is added to the mix, the group go from playing pokey bars to topping the charts. Their new name? The Four Seasons. Not everything is rosy at the top though, with the band's troubled New Jersey past coming back to haunt them just they hit the big time...
Previews from: 14 April 2021
Opening night: 21 April 2021
May be inappropriate for 12 and under
Two hours and 40 minutes with one interval
Matt Corner as Frankie Valli
Simon Bailey as Tommy Devito
Declan Egan as Bob Gaudio
Matt Hunt as Nick Massi
Dayle Hodge as Frankie Valli Alternate
Nicola Brazil as Mary Delgado and Others
Amelia as Standby Mary Delgado
Stuart Dawes as Donnie & Knuckles and Others
Mark Dugdale as Bob Crewe
Nicky Griffiths as Lorraine and Others
Will Haswell as Joe Pesci and Others
Mark Heenehan as Gyp Decarlo and Others
Joe Maxwell as Norm Waxman and Others
Nathaniel Morrison as Barry and Others
Dan O’Brien as Hank Majewski and Others
Helen Ternet as Francine and Others
Ben Wheeler as Dance Captain and Swing
Lucinda Gill as Assistant Dance Captain and Swing
Chris Stoddart, Mark Isherwood, Ben Jennings, Leanne Garretty
Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice
Music and Lyrics by Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe
Directed by Des McAnuff
Orchestrations by Steve Orich
Choreography by Sergio Trujillo
Set Design by Klara Zieglerova
Costume Design by Jess Goldstein
Lighting Design by Howell Binkley
Sound Design by Steve Canyon Kennedy
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.Read full review
274 reviews, average rating: (4.6 Stars)
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