Top show heads for East Anglia
It’s a personal favourite of Let’s Talk co-editor Terry Redhead. Here he sets the scene as Jersey Boys prepares to take Norwich’s Theatre Royal by storm.
J ersey Boys is working its way back to Norwich. The hit musical has won 57 major awards worldwide, including the Olivier Award for Best New Musical.
Jersey Boys tells the true story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, boys from the wrong side of the tracks who wrote their own songs, invented their own sound, and sold 100 million records.
Featuring hits including Beggin’, December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night), Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Walk Like A Man, Bye Bye Baby, Big Girls Don’t Cry and more, Jersey Boys is a story of heart, humour and music.
Norwich’s Theatre Royal sees shows from Tuesday, June 5 to Saturday, June 16 and definitely in the audience will be yours truly and my wife.
Perhaps it was just our time, but Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons were a major part of our ‘courting’ days, and December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night) is the song we remember most affectionately as one sung live at our wedding reception more than 40 years ago.
We have been to the West End to watch the show and can recommend it to everyone.
The show is in documentary style and dramatises the formation, success and eventual break-up of The Four Seasons.
Little was known about the history of the group until the musical. Marshall Brickman suggested creating a show about the band instead of re-purposing its songs in the way Abba did for Mamma Mia because “it is a classic American story, rags to riches and back to rags”.
Brickman used material from interviews with original members Bob Gaudio, Frankie Valli and Tommy DeVito.
The show made its West End debut at the Prince Edward Theatre in February 2008. It moved to the Piccadilly in March 2014, closing on March 26, 2017.
A national tour was launched in autumn 2014 and a second tour began in December 2017.
The show is split into four acts before the finale celebrates The Four Seasons’ 1990 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which reunited the original group members on stage one last time. The show is at Norwich’s Theatre Royal from June 5-16. Call the box office on 01603 630000.