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Jersey Boys - Theatre Royal Glasgow - Tues 8 Dec 2015 – Sun 3 Jan 2016

Published by: Jon Cuthbertson on 10th Dec 2015 | View all blogs by Jon Cuthbertson

Glasgow's Theatre Royal have once again bucked the Christmas trend for their festive show, following up last year's Saturday Night Fever with the West End and Broadway smash hit, Jersey Boys. With not a Christmas song in sight this is still a winning choice for a great night out over the festive season.

 

Following the real story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, this is grittier than you might expect - with a smattering of adult language to match. Finding out that for most of the band, their first record was of the judicial variety will come as a surprise to most. This was an era where that kind of background would never sell records, so this was hidden from any record producers and labels, and most definitely never spoken about in the press - who ironically had deemed the Four Seasons as too clean cut and not interesting enough to warrant too many interviews - particularly when compared to the long hair and "exotic accents" of The Beatles!

(L-R - Sam Ferriday, Matt Corner, Stephen Webb, Lewis Griffiths -

photo by Helen Maybanks)

 

Marshall Brickman's background in film writing is evident in this production and along with co-writer Rick Elice they've created a unique way of telling the story - letting each of the Four Seasons step forward and tell it from their side. This was created by interviewing the three surviving members (sadly Nick Massi had passed away in 2000, 5 years before the show opened) and using this to create a Rashomon style story where we see the conflicting opinions of how events took place. This gives a great chance to use some of the songs in dramatic form and share them out amongst all the characters, male and female. However, if you are expecting a Four Seasons concert - there are many of the songs saved for concert style performances from the guys throughout the show. 

 

Matt Corner takes on the difficult role of Frankie Valli and draws you in from the very first notes he sings. His transition from naive young boy to world weary father is delivered with ease. Stephen Webb as founder member Tommy DeVito opens the narration of the story with loads of energy - and provides a great mix of humour and drama. Lewis Griffiths is the steady hand as Nick Massi - with a beautiful bass voice and a warm tone he makes you really care for Nick and his flaws. Last to join the group is Bob Gaudio, played by Sam Ferriday. As the writer of most of their hits, Bob was an important part of the story - and Sam pitches it just right, both vocally and in his character choices as Bob matures in the band.

 

The supporting cast cover a variety of roles, in particular the three girls, Amelia Adams-Pearce, Leanne Garretty and Samantha Hull, who seem to change wigs and costume for every entrance! It would also be remiss of me not to mention Musical Director Andrew Corocoran and his fantastic band (in particular Rob Parsons on drums who keeps the whole show on track from all areas of the stage) who work their magic with Ron Melrose's arrangements. Director Des McAnuff and Choreographer Sergio Trujillo have made great use of Klara Zieglerova's slick set design, which means the show moves seamlessly from scene to scene.

 


Listing Information

Tue 8 – Sat 19 Dec 7.30pm

Thu 10, Sat 12, Thu 17 & Sat 19 Dec 2.30pm

Sun 13 & Sun 20 Dec 3pm

Tue 22 & Wed 23 Dec 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Sat 26 Dec 7.30pm

Sun 27 Dec 3pm & 7.30pm

Tue 29 – Thu 31 Dec 7.30pm

Tue 29 & Thu 31 Dec 2.30pm

Sat 2 Jan 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Sun 3 Jan 3pm & 7.30pm

Box Office 0844 871 7647 (bkg fee)
www.atgtickets.com/glasgow (bkg fee)

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