Review: Jersey Boys the musical
Synopsis:The true story about a group of blue-collar boys who went from petty crime and singing in bowling alleys to become the Four Seasons, one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time.
Whether you remember Sherry and Walk Like A Man hitting the airwaves in 1962 or sung along with Heath Ledger to Can’t Take My Eyes Off You in 10 Things I Hate About You, the Four Seasons have provided the soundtrack to many people’s lives.
Chronicling the true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Jersey Boys seamlessly weaves the band’s sordid origin story with their hit songs over four acts – each told from the perspective of a different member of the band.
Each act charts the boys’ rise to fame from blue collar workers and petty criminals in New Jersey’s Italian immigrant community to international superstars who changed the face of the American music industry.
Ryan Gonzalez excels as lead signer Frankie Valli, whose famous falsetto is notoriously hard to replicate. Gonzalez nails every one of the insanely high notes, leaving the audience with a true appreciation of his, and Frankie’s, three-octave vocal range.
Cameron MacDonald is charismatic as the arrogant, mobster-like Tommy DeVito who claimed to be the reason for the band’s success but almost lead to their ruin after racking up huge tax and loan shark debts.
But, of course, it’s the music that people want to hear and the show did not disappoint.
With hit after hit including Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, December 1963, Working My Way Back To You and Walk Like A Man the stars, band and ensemble cast had the audience eating out of their hands.
Be prepared to have at least one Four Seasons song stuck in your head for days afterwards.
Jersey Boys plays Wednesdays – Sundays at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre until 17 February.
Final Verdict: 5/5
Ryan Gonzalez as Frankie Valli, Cameron MacDonald as Tommy DeVito, Thomas McGuane as Bob Gaudio and Glaston Toft as Nick Massi.