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The Rock-itt : August 2011
Last month my wife and I went to the matinee session of the best stage musicals that I have seen in many, many, years. Not the one to be first in line for anything these days, it took almost 2 years for my wife to talk me into going along to see Jersey Boys. But once seat ed three rows from the stage and with the sound of drums bringing my attention to the fact that the show was about to begin, I readied myself for a smorgasbord of magical music which had almost ruled my life as a teenager. Jersey Boys is a brilliant depiction of the life of the 50s/60s American pop group, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Although not the originals of course, the actors who portrayed them were so close to the real thing that the next two and a half hours were that of memory lane bliss. The lead vocals, the harmony, the songs, were all absolutely spot on and the acting not only by the main players but by the whole cast was first class. The actors took the audience to Jersey, USA, the home of the Jersey Boys. They told how they started singing together on a corner under a street lamp then formed a group and from there to the top of the music world. It was great to see their rise to fame and fortune, and listen to songs all written by The Four Seasons themselves such as, ”W alk Like a Man”, “Cherry Baby”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Oh What a Night. Jersey Boys is a wealth of musical geniuses altogether in one spectacular show which I will never forget. Not since those heady days of seeing the stage musicals “Hair” and “The Rocky Horror Show”, have I enjoyed a live musical so much. Musically superb, acting superb, overall experience.... wonderful. Whatever you do, don’t wait, go and see it now before it’s too late, otherwise you’ll be kicking yourselves for years to come. Review by Pete Johnson Photos by Jeff Busby