Music & Theatre

Review: Jersey Boys-The Musical

Jersey BoysThe critically acclaimed Jersey Boys-The Musical, came to Stoke’s Regent Theatre this week.

We went into the theatre unsure what to expect from a musical based on the story of the Four Seasons.
 
Set in an early sixties New Jersey, the musical reveals how four regular boys became part of one of the most popular pop bands of their time.
 
Don’t go along expecting a happy-go-lucky run of the mill musical. Jersey Boys details the biographies of the four band members. The stories depict the struggles, resolve, highs and lows that the boys encountered as they embarked on their musical careers.
 
If you’re not aware of the story of the Four Seasons you may be shocked to hear about the conflict and drama that the story explains.
 
The fights, arguments, excesses and prison spells all form part of this — sex, drugs and rock and roll story.
 
Without doubt the group are “thick as thieves” and have each others back. The Four Seasons where an incredibly loyal and talented group.
 
The casting was sensational with Michael Watson taking the role of Frankie Valli. Watson nails the mannerisms of Frankie and gives an incredibly powerful vocal performance.
Alongside him is Simon Bailey who plays the cheeky Tommy Devito.
A special mention for understudy James Winter who give a sincere and touching performance as Bob Gaudio.
 
The show is full of classics such as Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like a Man – the audience loved this and our personal favourite of the night Can’t Take My Eyes off you.
 
The staging for Jersey Boys was a brilliant back drop for the all action – music filled – dance fest!
 
A great show, validated by the standing ovation at the end.
The amazing Jersey Boys will be at The Regent Theatre until Saturday, 17th February. Tickets can be booked by visiting the theatres website on www.atgtickets.com/venues/regent-theatre/
Alternatively you can call the box office on 0844 871 7649
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