Jersey Boys – UK Tour

Oh, What a Night!

The internationally acclaimed rags-to-riches tale of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons – JERSEY BOYS is back on UK tour for 2022.

And what a night it was, whether you’re an avid fan of the music or a lover of all things musical theatre, this production has it all. Writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice explain in the programme that they thought they had written ‘a play about four guys who wrote music’ rather than a musical, and the clever interweaving of the iconic music with the gritty story makes it feel like a dramatic, theatrical experience rather than just a juke-box musical.

But fans of the music alone are still in for a real treat. This has all the hits that you know and love, and who doesn’t like The Four Seasons? Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like a Man, Beggin’, Bye Bye Baby and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You all feature, along with many more. Told from each characters separate angle, the songs cleverly underpin the narrative, giving some of the greatest hits a whole new meaning.

‘You get four guys and you get four different versions of the story’

From four guys standing under a street light in New Jersey to being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the show takes us on their journey to everlasting fame and the struggles that came with it. These boys came from the streets where a criminal life was hard not to be a part of, and despite leaving that neighbourhood, shooting to stardom and selling millions of records, that past didn’t always stay there.

The boys grew up on the road, and the story cleverly portrays the rock and roll life style, alluding to it but never over-doing the representation or glamorisation on stage. Focusing more on the intricate relationships between the group members, and the personal sacrifices they made along the way to keep the band together.

Slick scene changes, a cool set and a stellar cast give this production the edge, with what feels like dozens of costume changes for the main four performers giving us a whistle stop tour of the groups iconic looks.

Michael Pickering was an incredible Frankie Valli. Portraying not only an iconic figure but also taking on THAT voice and doing such an incredible job is such a feat for an actor and Pickering really did the music and Valli justice here.

Dalton Wood was excellent Tommy DeVito, in characterisation and performance style as well as voice. Lewis Griffiths was a particularly cool Nick Massi with a velvety bass tone and perfect comedy timing and Blair Gibson completes the four as Bob Gaudio, perfectly cast and an excellent contrasting role to the other three. The four gel perfectly, and their performances in the style of the original group are stand out moments of the show.

The entire cast are strong and switch effortlessly in and out of supporting roles as well as providing the vocal backdrop which takes the show from good to excellent.

It’s no surprise that this quality production simultaneously takes prime position in the West End in London’s Trafalgar Theatre whilst being on tour.

Don’t miss out on the chance to see this fantastic production, JERSEY BOYS plays The Regent Theatre until Saturday 19th February 2022. You can buy your tickets here https://www.atgtickets.com/stoke/

About Author /

Kath is an actor, singer and writer with a passion for theatre. She has been reviewing for At The Theatre since 2014. Kath has a Masters in Performance at Liverpool Hope University and is Creative Engagement Worker for B arts, a participatory arts organisation.

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