GIG: Jersey Boys
DATE: Saturday 3rd November 2012
VENUE: Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton Street, London
OUR VERDICT: Oh What a Night
Whilst in London, on this fresh, autumn afternoon, we popped into the theatre box office on the off chance there were some discounted tickets available for the matinee show, and our luck was in.
Seated in the Grand Circle, the seats were a tiny bit cramped, but we had a terrific view of the stage. The show itself was brilliant. After the bad expereience of seeing the Beatles show a few weeks before, this was a real West End Show. It is not a case of a show to fit around a bunch of Four Season's songs.... it is the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, with the music complimenting this. The change of sets, was very slick, the costumes authentic and the New York accents and singing from the cast were absolutely spot on. There were two drummers during the show, and we think they had the best fun, being wheeled (seemingly by remote control) around the stage as the sets changed, and coming up and down from below the stage.
This show really made you think that there is a great film to be made of this groups rise to fame. The storyline was warm, funny and poignant at times too. In fact, Bob Crewe deserves a movie of his own!
This is what a West End show is all about. The audience loved it all. We loved it all.
A closing word about the theatre. The price of the ticket included a £1 charge towards the restoration fund, and it is in dire need of restoration. More toliets would be a bonus, and ones that flush, even better!