Review: Jersey Boys

Posted by Matt Bourne on 05:29 with No comments

Jersey Boys

After a very successful run in the States, Jersey Boys has made it's way to London's Theatreland.  It's been worth the wait.  Charting the rise, fall and rise of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons it is a rollercoaster ride of great songs dramatic and at times tragic story.  With a great cliffhanger at the half time break it almost feels like a soap opera  too.

The cast are superb in this show which in the wrong hands would have been in danger of decending into just another 'Jukebox Musical' but because of the main cast members Ryan Molloy as Frankie, Stephen Ashfield as Bob Gaudio, Philip Bulcock as Nick Massi and the fantastic Glenn Carter as Tony DeVito it raises the bar to all shows in London at the moment.

If there is a downside to the show, it would be that it will not be suitable for all audiences due to the level of bad language contained within.  While it sits comnfortably within the show as it stays true to the storys roots, it does border on excessive at times and potentially would put a lot of people off.

Minor niggle aside you'll be swept away in the story and be singin along as Ryan Molloy produces a near perfect impersination of Frankie belting out the famous numbers such as Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry, I Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You and many more.  This can only be listed as a triumph of modern day theatre storytelling.  Go grab some tickets and catch it as soon as you can!

Matt Bourne