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Jersey Boys At The Liverpool Empire Review

TICKETS TO SEE THE SHOW WERE GIFTED TO THE REVIEWER AND GUEST FOR THE PURPOSES OF WRITING THE REVIEW.

Reviewed by Gemma Lawford

Created in 2004, Jersey Boys travels back to the lives of Frankie Valli, Timmy Devito, Nick Massi and Bob Gaudio as ‘The Four Seasons’ history is unravelled. It is easy to see why this is a favourite amongst all generations and all the old favourites such as ‘Sherry’, ‘Big Girls don’t Cry’ and ‘Can’t take my eyes off you’ are belted out by the cast to tell the story of each character in style. The production is split into ‘seasons’ with each main player telling their version of events as it panned out.

The production setting was minimalistic, but very clever and anything large and brash would’ve taken away from the absolutely phenomenal voices of Luke Suri (a dead ringer for the sweet tones of Frankie Valli) and co. It was also Luke Suri’s theatrical debut, and you could tell how passionate and overwhelmed he was by the response of the whole theatre. The costumes glistened, the hair do’s gleamed and of course the cast was full talent too! The atmosphere within the theatre was magnificent and not a single bum was on their chair at the encore. I could hear the singing of each member of the audience, young and old, who all joined in unison to the classics. Due to the amount of choice language in the production, I personally would not take children to the event, and I think they would be bored and misunderstand the concept anyway, this really is more of an adult event. I would say my favourite part of the show was Luke singing ‘Can’t take my eyes off you’ and responding to the standing ovation in tears, as a performer myself, it was beautiful to see someone who clearly feels so lucky to be in show business.

Booking was easy with the Empire communicating with me on the day that there had been some cast changes. We parked in Q Parking at Queens Square, meaning it was only a two minute walk to the theatre and luckily, this only cost us £5.40. The journey into Liverpool was an eventful one, so I would recommend wherever you are coming from you add an extra 15-30 minutes onto your journey due to the current road works from Edge Lane into the City Centre itself.

As a theatre, the Liverpool Empire has not aged, the building is still steeped in history and looks as classic as ever. Queues are long, so it is best to get to the venue early if you are wanting to purchase merchandise, or refreshments, which were both on the expensive side. The interval was a little under 20 minutes which was a decent enough amount of time to nip to the loo and pick up the complimentary interval refreshments. Toilets were clean and well presented, if a little inaccessible as they are down a flight of stairs. The chairs remain slightly uncomfortable and I personally did struggle, so if you have issues with hips etc, it may be worth taking a cushion. However, this was made up for by the outstanding view of the stage as we were central to all decent viewing points. The staff at the venue were accommodating and welcoming, each taking their time to have conversations with us and check if we were okay. Upon arrival, entry was easy and was the standard ticket and bag check as well as a newer Covid Pass check, which meant we felt safe in he knowledge that although restrictions are now eased, the venue was Covid secure. The venue also still promote the use of Face Masks during the event and this was announced at the beginning.

Rating: All in all, this was an enjoyable evening and it was so good to be back at the theatre again post-Covid! I’d give the production a solid 5/5.

You can find tickets for the event at https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/jersey-boys/liverpool-empire/ and prices start at £13.00.

The show is on from Wednesday 26th January until Saturday 5th February 2022

Event address:
Liverpool Empire, Lime Street, L1 1JE

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