Win tickets to see Jersey Boys
OH, WHAT A Night! That s what my husband Antony and I had when we went to see Jersey Boys at the Prince Edward Theatre, writes MAXINE LECKERMAN. The musical tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons – four ordinary men from Newark, New Jersey
OH, WHAT A Night! That's what my husband Antony and I had when we went to see Jersey Boys at the Prince Edward Theatre, writes MAXINE LECKERMAN.
The musical tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons - four ordinary men from Newark, New Jersey, who become one of the most successful groups in pop music history.
Valli (played by Jye Frasca in the performance we saw), Nick Massi (Philip Bulcock), Bob Gaudio (Stephen Ashfield) and Tommy DeVito (Glenn Carter) struggle to form a band, get a recording contract, receive radio airplay and eventually achieve fame and fortune. The show has been created out of the real-life tale of four guys from the wrong side of the tracks, with nothing to lose and everything to gain. The songs of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons provided the soundtrack to a generation, but their offstage lives, until now, have never been told.
The story is narrated through the eyes of each of the group members at different points in the show, featuring the Four Seasons' well-known hits along the way.
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Before I saw the show I didn't realise so many songs would be recognisable - Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry, Walk Like a Man and Can't Take My Eyes Off You, to name a few. It was amazing to sing along to songs from the 60s that my parents sang and danced to!
Frasca managed the distinctive voice of Valli very well, hitting the falsetto notes with ease and making the role believable.
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My favourite was Carter's portrayal of DeVito, the reckless member of the band, responsible for discovering Frankie.
His gambling and spendthrift ways, however, forced him out of the group he was responsible for setting up. Ashfield, as Gaudio and Bulcock as Massi were good support.
Jersey Boys, with its timeless hits, will provide a good night out for anyone and I definitely recommend it.
* The Recorder has five pairs of tickets to see Jersey Boys at the Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton Street, London. See this week's paper to find out how you could win.