by Julie Wallis twitter.com/nicenic63
Jersey Boys at New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
The fabulous Jersey Boys is spending Christmas here in Birmingham and I went along to New Alexandra Theatre for the press night of this musical extravaganza.
The is the story of how Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons became the smash hit sensation of the 1960s, and how four boys went through many different incarnations before they found their name and their sound, of meetings with mafia bosses, romance and ultimate success.
How do they manage to shoehorn in hit after hit after hit? In a two-hour show there is over 30 fantastic musical numbers. I challenge you to see this show. and not tap your toes and sing along. Sherry, December 1963 (oh what a night), Walk Like A Man, Working My Way Back To You, Let’s Hang On (to What we’ve got), Rag Doll and many more.
Jersey Boys is everything I’d hoped it would be. Glamorous, sexy, sleek, flamboyant. I, of course loved it. I was surprised at just how much storytelling this show had in it. I expected a bit of story and a lot of music, but there is a big story to accompany all the hits, wonderful acting as well as terrific singing, fantastic costumes and put all this together and you get one wonderful evening of pure theatrical delight.
The cast are absolutely wonderful in their roles. They look every inch the part of the Italian stallion singing sensations. Michael Watson as Frankie Valli who narrates the story in a perfect American accent as well as being a fantastic singer, Simon Bailey as Tommy Devito, Declan Egan as Bob Gaudio, Lewis Griffiths as Nick Massi, Mark Heenehan as Gyp DeCarlo and James Alexander Gibbs as Joe Pesci (Yes that Joe Pesci) we learn that all Good Italian things end in a vowel and that real men look fabulous in sequins and suits.
Mafia boss Gyp DeCarlo (Mark Heenehan) looked just as I imagined a mafia boss should be, that is sharp suited, authoritative and with just a hint of menace. The Angels looked glamorous, the Jersey Boys looked fantastic, I loved every minute of this foot stompingly fab show.
Set changes take place quickly as audience whizzes around America with the boys as they play to near empty dive bars in their early days, before eventually hitting the big time. All of the Jersey Boys take their turn at narrating and each boy gives his own version of events, of the highs and the lows. The American accents were all terrific too.
Standing ovations are always a great end to the evening, but when the audience is on their feet from the middle of act two, with everyone singing and clapping then you know that the show is great.
Jersey Boys may well use jukebox musical formula, rising from humble beginnings to the dizzy heights of success, but it is also so much more than that. There is a magic in the show that can not be described with words, if you can get tickets then do get tickets for this fabulous, feel-good delight.
I guarantee you will come away with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.
See Jersey Boys at New Alexandra Theatre until Saturday 6th January atgtickets.com/shows/jersey-boys/new-alexandra-theatre-birmingham
Julie was invited to see Jersey Boys for #BrumHour by New Alexandra Theatre. She met New Alexandra Theatre patron Noddy Holder and was totally star struck! This isn’t a sponsored post, and Julie will be telling EVERYONE how she met Noddy Holder for MONTHS to come so brace yourself!
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