Oh What A Night… A Jersey Boys Review

If I was to say to you the name ‘Frankie Castelluccio’ I think that 99.9% of you wouldn’t know who I was talking about. If I called him Frankie Valli then a few more I think would know him, and if I added his “Four Seasons” I reckon there would be a few more light bulbs switch on…

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However, the fact of the matter is that I’d put money on the fact that hardly any of our generation, my generation, will recognise the name of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and even less of them care about a musical that was produced based on their story. It’s my job to implore you to care…

Myself, I’ve got quite an eclectic music taste. Due to the music I was brought up on my range goes from The Eagles to Skrillex and from The Beatles to Mumford & Sons, the way I see it is that if it sounds good, then listen to it.

Funnily enough I think that even someone who has no clue about the Four Seasons will know at least a handful of their songs if they see the show. Classics such as ‘Bye, Bye Baby’, ‘Oh What A Night’ and ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ have been played in many an advert over the years and some of them have even been covered recently… Remember ‘Beggin’’ by Madcon? Yeah, that wasn’t his.

Jersey Boys, the story of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers from New Jersey, tells the rags to riches tale of a bunch of young lads, some with a bit of talent, some with a lot of it, who went on to become one of the biggest selling musical groups of all time, selling around 100 million records around the world.

The girlfriend recently took me to see the show and I think it says a lot that not only myself, a fan of the group, but her, someone who had never heard of them, enjoyed the show thoroughly.

It’s got a brilliant storyline, one that includes the surprise inclusion of Goodfellas star, Joe Pesci, a top-notch soundtrack and a nice level of humour. If you’re not grinning by the end of it then you’ve probably got no heart.

Emerging from the rough streets of New Jersey in the 1930s and 40s the boys didn’t all have the greatest of upbringings, and they had their fair share of brushes with the law and the mob bosses of the time in order to hit the peak that they climbed to.

In 2006, the year after the musical launched on Broadway, Jersey Boys won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, before going on to land Best New Musical at the Laurence Olivier Awards two years later following it’s UK launch.

The show is in Jo’burg at the minute but will soon be heading down to the Western Cape to hit Cape Town. If you’re in JHB make sure you see it before they bugger off, and if you’re in the Mother City then get your tickets bought, you won’t regret it. In this case Silence isn’t golden…

– Joe Crann

SHOW ENDS 9 JUNE 2013 at Monte Casino, Johannesburg!

SHOW STARTS 19 JUNE 2013 at Artscape Theatre, Cape Town!

ALL INFO on: www.jerseyboys.co.za

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