Okay, an afternoon. I went to the matinee showing at Bristol Hippodrome so I could spend my evening eating pizza and drinking alcohol. But nevertheless, the show was excellent.
I’d wanted to see this show for a while now and when I saw it was coming to Bristol, I thought it was too good an opportunity to miss. So, I was very happy when my boyfriend agreed to go with me.
This musical tells the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Season and how they came to be the success they’re known as today. The musical spans over a year, with the seasons changing to mark time moving on. As the seasons changed, the narrator changed – four seasons, four members (in the show, there actually turned out to be soooo many members of the group over the years), four stories. At the start of the musical, Tommy says you get a different story about how The Four Seasons came about depending on who was telling it. I thought it was really clever that the change in story and who was responsible for the success of The Four Seasons changed as the weather and mood did.
The set was also very clever. A simple staircase doubled as so many things, whether it being going to jail, going off to a hotel room for a night of fun, or symbolising the death of a character. It was a classic case of showing, not telling and it was very effective.
I love at the end of films based on a true story when they flash up a line or two about what the characters in the film went on to do. Jersey Boys does a very similar thing in that each guy steps forward at the end to say where life took them.
Jersey Boys is what’s known as a jukebox musical, which is a show that features the music of popular acts. Frankie Valli and The Four seasons have so many great tracks (a lot of which remind me of Dirty Dancing, what a film) so of course the soundtrack was phenomenal. I always love seeing a story created around said songs. There were even a few songs I know all the words to that I didn’t realise were by the group. (Like I Love You, Baby!)
In addition to a great selection of songs, the voices of the main cast were incredible, so smooth and easy to listen to. Though, Frankie’s voice was a bit of an adjustment at first with is being so high but when he came into his character it, it was a bit softer on the ears. Still, the talent and skill required to sing that high is something that shouldn’t go unnoticed.
If you get the chance to see this musical, I would highly recommend!