Saturday 5th December 2015
‘Oh what a night!’
I implore you to head down to the Congress Theatre Eastbourne between the 24th November and the 5th December this year for a night of fabulous entertainment as the town plays host to the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. That’s right, Jersey Boys has come to town!
Jersey boys tells the true life story of four boys from the wrong side of the tracks who wrote their own songs, invented their own unique sound, and sold 100 million records worldwide. It’s the musical of a band whose songs were always loved but whose story was little-known.
Matt Corner, Sam Ferriday, Lewis Griffiths and Stephen Webb, who play Frankie, Bob, Nick and Tommy respectively, demonstrate effortless class leading to seamless changes between narration and song. All four are excellently cast and directed by Des McAnuff and supported by fabulous cast and crew.
Featuring hit after legendary hit Including Beggin’, December 1963 (Oh What a Night), Sherry, Walk Like a Man, Bye Bye Baby, Big Girls Don’t Cry and many more, the show also exhibits moments of brilliant humour, but also poignancy, as the story behind the men who’s careers spanned 50 years and who made the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by the time they were 30, unveils.
The show features strong language and adult humour so wouldn’t be suitable for younger viewers, but with an audience ranging from young adults upwards, by the end of the night, everyone was dancing and singing along to the toe-tapping tunes. As a younger viewer, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the number of hits I recognised, and with the context of the story, the songs took on a whole new meaning for me.
With the musical winning 57 major awards worldwide, including the Olivier award for Best New Musical, it’s no wonder that the tour is selling out fast and is a hit at every theatre! The show continues to play at the Piccadilly Theatre, London while touring the UK and Ireland.
Reviewer : Ellen Warwick
Performances are at 7.30pm Monday to Saturday and Thursdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm.
Tickets range from £29 to £46.50 on the Monday to Thursday showings and from £32 to £49.50 on the Friday & Saturday.
More info and tickets for Jersey Boys at the Congress Theatre can be found at here
London Production Tickets here