Reviewed by Nicola Wilkinson
Last night (18 April 2018) I was luckily enough to watch Jersey Boys at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth. Although not knowing the story, it’s a show that I have always wanted to see as I’d heard good reviews from people.
The theatre looked full and there seemed to be a great atmosphere amongst the auditorium, it was great to see such a range of ages.
As previously mentioned, not knowing the story I read up on it before the show, I was completely confused with the opening with rapping and up to date dancing and costumes but now I understand it was showing that that even now Four Seasons songs are still being re-released and played on air.
The show is very fast moving and at times I was a little lost, but as the show went on I got a very clear understanding of their lives and what life on the road was like, maybe this was because apart from reviews I had read I didn’t really have any knowledge of the show or Frankie Valli. But don’t let that put you off as I soon caught up it’s really not a show to be missed.
The show tells the story through the eyes of each band member which was a brilliant way to tell it. I felt this gave a better understanding of each of their lives whether you knew the story or not It captivated the audience and it was portrayed brilliantly.
I didn’t realise just how many big hits they had had! I wasn’t sure how many song’s I’d know, but a lot of the ones I did know I didn’t even know Frankie Valli had released! ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ and ‘Walk Like a Man’ and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You were just a few of my favourites.
The cast are outstanding, and they transport you to a completely different place. Their singing was out of this world, especially Michael Watson playing Frankie Valli, although you know its live it really did make yourself question it! I was blown away by his talent. Another shout out is for Declan Griffiths who played Nick Massi, he was just as equally brilliant.
If you’re not sure if you know anything about Frankie Valli I really wouldn’t let it put you off going to see this fantastic production and I know you will be surprised with the amount of songs you do actually know. I’m sure you will be tapping your feet before the end of the show.
Tickets cost from £24 to £52 (booking fees may apply).
Jersey Boys is at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth from 17-28 April 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit www.theatreroyal.com or call the box office on 01752 267222.
Theatre Royal Plymouth, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2TR | 01752 267222