Jersey Boys

The other night we travelled to London in order to see 'The Jersey Boys'. I can honestly say that this was a great show, one of the best I've seen in years. The show is the story of The Four Seasons, their life in New Jersey and their relationships with the people around them (including the mob). We are shown how The Four Seasons became 'Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons' and all along the way there is music.

This show is almost non stop, wall to wall music - and the music is used sympathetically, sometimes it is as the act on stage performing, sometimes as a snatch of music arising from a piece of action. Though I knew of Franki Valli and the Four Seasons before the show, I would have struggled to name more than a few of their songs, yet all were familiar - the music was toe-tapping and the performances excellent. When the band 'makes it' on the Ed Sullivan show, the theatrical presentation is very special indeed, with the audience seeing the band performing to camera, and the resulting 'footage' being shown at the top of the stage - it works very well.

If visiting or living in London, do go and see this show. The show is also on Broadway, in Melbourne, Vegas, Toronto and is on tour.