Well, I can think of far worse ways to spend my lunchtime than listening to the music of the Four Seasons. This is exactly what I did yesterday when I attended the press launch for the smash hit musical Jersey Boys, which will be arriving at the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham in December.
The multi-award winning musical tells the story of the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, famous for so many wonderful hits, including ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’, ‘Walk like a Man’, ‘Beggin’ and my personal favourite, ‘Sherry’. Set in 1962, the ‘Jersey Boys’ were from the wrong side of town, and yet became one of the most successful groups of all time, selling 100 million records worldwide. The songs and the story have combined to make a beloved, acclaimed musical, and today’s launch gave a delicious taster for the show.
A crowd of music lovers, friends of the New Alexandra theatre, and assorted press descended on The Jamhouse to enjoy a special performance by members of the cast of Jersey Boys, fresh from a performance in Manchester. Introduced by producer David Ian, we were treated to an energetic, polished, pitch perfect performance of a medley of favourite songs from the show including the showstopping December 1963 (Oh what a night). Tim Driesen (Frankie Valli), Stephen Webb (Tommy DeVito), Lewis Griffiths (Nick Massi) and Sam Ferriday (Bob Gaudio) are just flawless, with Tim Driesen in particular showing huge charisma as the legendary Frankie Valli.
We were left wanting so much more, counting the days until the tour hits Birmingham in early December. This is sure to be the hottest ticket in town come the festive season, and with 62% of the tickets already sold, a full two months before the tour starts, it seems that Jersey Boy mania will be in the air come Christmas.
Jersey Boys arrives in Birmingham at the New Alexandra Theatre on Tuesday 9th December, and runs until Sunday 4th January. Get ticket information here.