Guest Blog Post: In this article Key Account Manager, Claire Dutton, reviews her favourite musical and reveals what she loves so much about those Jersey Boys…
Through my job at Superbreak, I’m often asked by my customers “What’s your favourite London show?” and without hesitation I always reply,” Jersey Boys!”
To quote a line from the show ‘I just keep going and going and going’. I’ve seen the show 11 times in the last 12 months. Some of my friends, family and colleagues think this is a little bit excessive, even bordering on stalker behaviour, but I don’t care as it really is the best show in London in my opinion!
So, why do I love Jersey Boys?
Jersey Boys tells the fascinating story of The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi and how they came up from the mean streets of New Jersey to be one of the biggest bands of all time. The story begins in the 50’s as they start out in the music business and it follows their struggles through petty crime, The Mafia, money troubles, violence and personal relationships right through to their induction into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of fame in 1990. The story is really gritty, emotional, peppered with some ‘colourful language’ and is full of twists and turns which draws the audience in and makes you laugh one minute and cry the next!
Weaved into this wonderful story is a huge array of their hit music, from ‘Walk Like a Man’ to ‘Beggin’ to ‘Oh What a Night’ and much more. When you watch the show for the first time, you realise that you’d forgotten so many of the great hits they had and what a huge influence on the music industry they really were! The cast carry these songs off with enormous success. The sets of the show are minimal; it’s really all about the Four Seasons, so the cast voices are pitch perfect, the characters are really well acted and the choreography is sublime.
It also helps quite a lot that the actors playing the part of The Four Seasons are very easy on the eye! My absolute favourite is Ryan Molloy who plays Frankie Valli. He’s been playing the part since it opened in London and even Mr. Frankie Valli himself is a huge fan and has seen Ryan playing ‘him’ on many occasions. The show has a massive fan following with sites dedicated to it on Twitter and Facebook, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself seated next to someone who has seen the show 20, 30 or even 50 times! If you have the time, stop by the stage door. There are always a few fans that wait for the cast to come out after the show and they are happy to stop and have a chat and even a few photos.
It doesn’t matter what age you are or how well you know the music of the Four Seasons, just go and see the show and you will love it! But a word of warning, I guarantee you’ll be ‘Jersey Boy-ed’ and one visit won’t be enough, you will want to go again and again! Maybe I’ll see you on one of your next visits…