Jersey Boys ★★★★★ Trafalgar Theatre | Extended Run


It's hard to believe that it's been a year since Jersey Boys brought doo-wop triumphantly back to the West End in the beautifully restored Trafalgar Theatre. The show shares the touching saga of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: their rise to fame and their background stories. Unlike many jukebox musicals, these songs don't need to be shoe-horned in. They simply fit naturally into place as the years roll by. No less than thirty-four numbers are listed – several of which come as a surprise – but each one is given full value by this terrific cast. Luke Suri who played the part of Frankie Valli on the UK and Ireland tour has taken on the role in the West End, and he does a terrific job of channeling the famous lead singer of The Four Seasons. His energy level is simply amazing. Adam Bailey, Karl James Wilson and Benjamin Yates join Suri to make up a tremendous band. Each one sings superbly and artfully creates his own persona. We really feel for these guys as the show progresses. Life on the road wasn't easy. The immaculately sharp suits and snazzy arrangements are often at odds with their lives backstage. We grow to care about them as they address us directly and poignantly fill out their stories. The show has been reduced in scale to fit the smaller stage but it doesn't feel cramped: the added intimacy works to the production's advantage. The supporting cast is excellent, but this is all about Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, and we most certainly can't take our eyes off of you! There's an easy answer to that final song "Who Loves You." We most certainly loved this wonderfully entertaining show.

Rated: ★★★★★

Reviewed by D.S.J. & J.C.
Photo by Matt Crockett.

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