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New Jersey Nights - The Alhambra, Bradford

Published by: GRAHAM CLARK on 11th Sep 2013 | View all blogs by GRAHAM CLARK
In the tradition of recent musicals such as Dreamcoats and Petticoats and Save The Last Dance For Me, this production of New Jersey Nights celebrates the music of another era; this time the music of  Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

New Jersey Nights

Valli and the Four Seasons were perhaps the first boy band, long before the likes of One Direction (who get a namecheck in the show). The casting agents have found 4 superb singers and dancers to portray the act: Jon Hawkins, Ricki Rojas, Damion Scarcella and Simon Schofield are great together. Also on stage are three male and three female dancers along with a four piece band.

There is not so much of a story to the production, it is more of a celebration of the music and hits from Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

The enthusiastic cast appear to be thoroughly enjoying the show and this infectious vibe is passed on to the audience.

I never knew Frankie Valli had so many hits and the show covers the groups career from Rag Doll, Sherry, Walk Like A Man right up to the theme tune to the musical Grease. The show also features the music of Phil Spector in one act, with the girl dancers becoming the Ronettes to perform Be My Baby.

An a capella version performed by the lads of Silence is Golden sent shivers down my back.

A standing ovation at the end of the performance was justified for this feel good show that will leave you with a spring in your step and humming those tunes the next day.  A superb cast and a show that ticks all the boxes.

Runs until Saturday 14 September 2013



1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 4 years ago
    Thanks, Graham. This is such a popular genre and the music is constantly used in movies and adverts which keeps it alive for fresh audiences to enjoy.
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