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.

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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.

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