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Friday, 22 March 2019

Jersey Boys | Mayflower Theatre

Oh, what a night! What more can I say?

Jersey Boys has been one of those hit musicals that I'd heard mentioned time and time again, and thought I'd have to get around to watching it at some point. Despite knowing the name of the musical, I had no idea what the show would actually entail. So, when it was announced that the show was coming to the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton, I knew I finally had the chance to see what all the hype was about.

On the night, I was swiftly informed of the general premise of the story - Anna over at BrightEyeBlog couldn't believe I was so clueless! Jersey Boys is a documentary-style musical, telling the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, a musical group popular in the 1960s. Their name is well-known, and even if you can't name any songs off the top of your head, I guarantee you'd recognise them if you heard them. Think "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You", "Big Girls Don't Cry", and "December, 1963 (Oh What A Night)".

Photo - Mayflower Theatre

The show is divided into the four seasons (did you see what they did there?), with each of the band members narrating one of the four parts, telling the story of their time as a band.  Now, as the musical quite cleverly realises, what happens when you ask four different guys for their story? You get four different versions, of course. Throughout the course of the show, the audience see the group start their career, settle on a name and the sound they wanted, get noticed, release their first big hit. But like so many of these stories, the highs are swiftly followed by some lows. The band fall apart, with Frankie Valli being the last original member standing, before reuniting for their induction into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. It was a rollercoaster of emotions.

Photo - Mayflower Theatre

These shows are so interesting, but the cast have some big shoes to fill. Frankie Valli, especially, is such an iconic voice, that Michael Watson had a lot to live up to. He did a phenomenal job, with some amazing vocals. All four men did a great job, bringing the group to life on the stage, almost half a century on from the height of their fame. And you can tell they did a great job, by the reaction of the audience. I for one was fully immersed in the story, despite not intentionally listening to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons beforehand. But the older audience members, who may have listened to the band at the time of their fame were loving the music, bopping along to the hits. It was amazing to see.

Photo - Mayflower Theatre

Having finally seen the show, I can fully appreciate what all the hype was about. Even though I didn't know the repertoire of Four Seasons hits, I was toe-tapping and head bobbing throughout. Jersey Boys is an absolutely timeless musical that will suck you right in. I thoroughly recommend checking it out and immersing yourself in the world and music of this Rock n Roll Hall of Fame band.

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L - R: Sian, Nicole, Amy, Anna
Jersey Boys is at the Mayflower Theatre until the 30th March. You can book your tickets online here, or via the Box Office on 023 80711811.

Love Lexie

*My tickets for this show were complimentary in return for my honest review. All views and opinions are my own.

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