Jersey Boys Review

by John on February 17, 2011

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Jersey Boys Stage Musical depicts the real story behind their battle to the top for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. With a string of #1 hits, the road to stardom was never easy for the boys from Jersey.

Jersey Boys Review Theatre Royal Sydney

Jersey Boys is a show for anyone that loves music and in particular those who remember Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Now playing at the Theatre Royal Sydney, this is one for perhaps the baby boomers who love walking down memory lane.

The Four Seasons originally formed in their hometown of Jersey, New York, around 1960 as the 4 Lovers and the show begins under the street lights where they rehearsed.

You follow them as the 4 Lovers, making mistakes in their daily life in the rough and tumble world of their hometown. Yet they believe in their talent and dream of a grander life, performing in small clubs and seedy bars, trying to break into the big time and land that all elusive recording contract.

A change of name to the Four Seasons and luck in replacing one member with a singer song writer, who had had previous success with a song, “Who Wears Short Shorts”, finally gave them a break and consecutive #1 hits.

Success also comes with many personal challenges, as the Jersey Boys find out. Love lives are strained, girls, booze and drugs are there for the taking, leading to off stage conflicts and eventual group breakdown.

This show doesn’t tarnish anything or gloss over personal faults, which really draws the audience into each scene. Brilliantly produced, the songs bring alive the personal struggles of the Four Seasons and you sit there mesmerized by the individuals, their colourful language and peculiar friendship. Of course the familiar songs, brought to life on stage again, are wonderfully sung by a very talented group. They may not be the original Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, but perform very close to perfection for most of the older ears in the audience.

The entire show flows perfectly, blocking out any chance for a quick poppy or nanna nap, with the music making the feet tap in time with the beat and those memories filling the gap of many years past. You get to sing and clap along with great hits such as “Sherry”, “Big Boys Don”t Cry”, “Rag Doll” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Of You”.

There’s alway a sign at the end of every show if it has been a success with the audience. Jersey Boys received one of the loudest ovations I have ever heard, and all of that noise came from an audience whose ages were predominately over 60 years old.

Is Jersey Boys good?

The lights in those aged eyes told me it was fantastic. (I loved it too.)

Jersey Boys is currently playing at the Theatre Royal Sydney.

Theatre Royal is located on King Street in the MLC Building.
There is paid car parking below the theatre.
The Theatre Royal is close to both Martins Place and St James Rail Stations, plus bus stops in Castlereagh St, Elizabeth St and George St.
Sydney Monorail is located 2 blocks away near corner of Pitt St Mall.
There is plenty of good hotels near the theatre. Our choice was Sheraton on the Park. One block from the Theatre Royal.


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