Jersey Boys is a documentary-style musical based on the lives of one of the most successful 60s rock’n’roll bands of all time, The Four Seasons. The musical was first introduced to the stage on New York’s Broadway in 2006, where it won four Tony Awards including Best Musical. Since then, it has travelled across the Atlantic to London’s West End, and has been showing to wowed audiences since February 2008. In 2009 it won the coveted Olivier Award of Best New Musical. Jersey Boys is currently showing at the Prince Edward Theatre in London, and is taking bookings until 8th April 2012.
The Four Seasons, sometimes known as Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, began as working class kids from Newark who had to struggle to win fame and recognition with their talent, and who ultimately became a huge pop phenomenon, going on to sell over 175 million records worldwide. Featuring the hit songs ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’, ‘Working My Way Back To You’ and ‘December 1963 (Oh What A Night)’ and many, many more, Jersey Boys is a must for anyone who wants to see the rags-to-riches tale brought to life on stage with brilliant music to accompany it.
The role of Frankie Valli is performed by Ryan Molloy, who is also a singer-songwriter, having previously worked with artists Sting and The Pussycat Dolls. Bob Gaudio is played by Matthew Wycliffe. Jon Boydon performs as the reckless Tommy DeVito. Jon has just finished two years at the smash hit Queen musical, We Will Rock You, where he was the alternate Galileo Figaro. The role of Nick Massi is played by Eugene McCoy, who has previously performed as Eddie in the West End musical of Mamma Mia!
Show Length and times
Performances of Jersey Boys last approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission. Evening performances for the show begin at 7.30pm from Tuesday to Saturday, and matinees are on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm. There are no performances on Mondays.
“It is the music most people will go for, and it is delivered with high fidelity, from cheesy novelty numbers to classic smash hits. Ryan Molloy superbly mimics Valli’s soaring falsetto, as well as capturing the singer’s pain and resilience.”
Charles Spencer at the Daily Telegraph
“The effervescent music and the stride-stomp-kick choreography are great fun, the casting is brilliant, and Rick Elice and Marshall Brickman’s chronicle of the boys’ gritty working-class milieu is full of clever lines. My favourite was the one that bursts from an awestruck member of the group when, as if answering their prayers for a catchy name, that of the Four Seasons bowling alley lights up in neon (“It’s a sign!”)”
Rhoda Koenig at the Independent
“The list of wonderful songs and hits they created (their first three singles went to number one) is prodigious: it includes not only ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ and ‘Oh, What a Night’ but ‘Bye Bye Baby (Baby Goodbye)’, ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ and ‘Sherry’.”
Susannah Clapp at the Observer.
Videos and Photographs
Below is a video of the main cast from Jersey Boys performing a medley of hits from the show.
Below is a video of the London cast of Jersey Boys performing at the Royal Variety Performance in 2008.