If you like a more serious musical (sometimes funny in places) with big hits in abundance, then you’ll love Jersey Boys. The show explains the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, from where it all started to how it all started to fall apart.
The show is full of action and is gripping from the beginning. With their big hits all the way through the show, it is a great link to see their music alongside what they were going through in their personal lives at the same time (which can be very sad at times).
My background knowledge of Jersey Boys
As someone who prefers to go into the shows with little or no research about the story, I went into this show not knowing an anything about Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, except they were a group of musicians. I was shocked throughout the show to find out how many songs I actually knew from listening to them on the radio and growing up, with some of the songs being played or even redone by other artists (like Beggin’).
A little bit about the show
Halfway through the show, there is a medley of 3 songs (Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry and Walk like a Man) which will for sure have you up out of your seat, dancing and clapping along to the music. The show also reflects the changing of time cleverly by the props they use and the way they dress, which are the little details that make this show a gem. The musical is set on a non-changing set which is dark but is very well used and you do feel a connection to their actors and their characters.
My thoughts on the show
I can honestly say that when I came out of Piccadilly Theatre, I was a Franke Valli and The Four Seasons fan. The show is a big hit for a reason and whether you get chance to see it in the West End or on Tour in local theatre’s, I would defiantly recommend the show and would see it again myself. My only warning about this musical is that you need to think about whether you want to take children as it does contain swearing throughout.
Other Information & Rating
Review Score – 5/5
Location – Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman St, London W1D 7DY.
Date Seen – Saturday 4th March 2015 (Evening Performance)
Top Tips – Theatre is based in just behind the Piccadilly Circus signs and is really easy to get to. Regarding seating, there isn’t a bad place to sit in this theatre for Jersey Boys.
Please note that Jersey Boys is longer running in London’s West End