Saturday, April 04, 2015

Review: "Jersey Boys" at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre @BGETheatre @JerseyBoysUK #JerseyBoys

Oh What a Night! The Broadway show "Jersey Boys" came to Dublin last evening and sent the full house home walking like a man and humming songs by The Four Seasons. I had seen this show last year in New York, but when I heard it was coming to Dublin I just had to see it again. I was not disappointed.

Though slow to get going the show moves into top gear the second "Sherry " and "Big Girls Don't Cry" are blasted out in fantastic harmonies and falsetto. With the excellent Tim Driesen (who is from Belgium, not Jersey!) in the role of Frankie Valli, all the company performed brilliantly putting in a magnificent effort all evening. It is both a very funny show and a warts-and-all account of the lives of Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Nick Massi, and Tommy DeVito - these four were only together for a few years, with lots of other members coming and going after DeVito (1970) and Massi (1965) had left the group. The list of hits they had from 1962 to 1975 is a chronology of pop/rock music that any group would be proud of. Classics like "Can't Take My Eyes Off You", "Beggin'", "Walk Like a Man", "Decemember 1963", and "Who Loves You?" will last forever.

Being that it was Good Friday, it was strange being in the middle of a crowd of over 2,000 people in a theatre with not an alcoholic drink in sight! Our archaic licencing laws in Ireland prevent alcohol being sold on Good Friday. It was a strange sight at the interval seeing most of the crowd staying in their seats - no need to rush to the bar for a quick one! I wonder how much the takings for the night were affected by this?

Here's a flavour of the show from Broadway.com...

Video source: Broadway.com

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