The story of the show is based on the real on and off-stage lives of the original Four Seasons; Franki Valli (Michael Watson), Bob Gaudio (Declan Egan), Tommy DeVito (Peter Nash on press night) and Nick Massi (Lewis Griffiths). The musical charts their rise to fame from the ‘wrong side of the tracks’ in New Jersey to become an extraordinary pop group who sold 100 million records worldwide.

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Image: JERSEY BOYS. Credit Brinkhoff & Mögenburg

The story is told from each of the original band members unique perspectives and paints some quite varying pictures of life on the road, their troubles along the way, and their eventual departure with Frankie going on to form an act on his own, albeit still partnering with songwriter Bob Gaudio.  

The whole cast and ensemble cannot be faulted and all gave slick and energetic performances. It seems unfair to pick between the four leads as they were all equally wonderful, however Michael Watson’s portrayal of Frankie, including his unforgettable falsetto vocals was impressive.

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Image: Jersey Boys UK

The real stars of the show has to be the songs though. The show is packed with hits. It blew me away just how many iconic and well-loved songs I knew and liked, some of which I didn’t even realise where originally performed by Frankie and the band.  Particular favourites of mine included, December 1963 (Oh What A Night), Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Walk Like A Man, Bye Bye Baby, My Eyes Adored You and Big Girls Don’t Cry.

Whether you’ve seen it before or you are a newbie like me, this Jersey Boys tour is nothing short of the perfect night’s entertainment as the standing ovation for this superbly talented cast confirmed.

Jersey Boys is showing at Bristol Hippodrome until 17 November 2018. Click here to buy tickets.

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