REVIEW: Jersey Boys at The Alexandra Birmingham

Jersey Boys is a musical unlike any other. With 57 prestigious awards under its belt and a jukebox set-list that will have you tapping your toes throughout the whole run.

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Now, the Tony Award-winning show has worked its way back to The Alexandra for Christmas to bring the legendary music of The Four Seasons back to life.

Based on the true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Jersey Boys tells the story of the rise of one of the biggest bands of the 70s, and the hurdles they faced on their way to the top of the charts.

Although many audience members go the watch the show to enjoy the band’s catalogue of hits, what they might not expect is the true story that led to the success of the four boys from Jersey.

Jersey Boys UK & Ireland Tour. Credit Birgit + Ralf Brinkhoff

While they appeared sharp and clean-cut for their concerts, recordings and TV appearances, the truth is, most of them spent time in prison for a list of crimes, which threw one or two spanners in the works when it came to the ‘make or break’ moments in their careers.

Packed with all the biggest hits including Beggin, Oh What a Night, Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry and Working My Way Back To You, it’s so easy to see why this hit musical has been and continues to be enjoyed by millions of people worldwide.

Jersey Boys is a musical that certainly gives its all to devoted Four Seasons fans – and then some. The leading gents take on the harmonies and challenging vocals of each song with class and style, complete with The Four Season’s signature dance moves.

Michael Pickering steps up as the iconic Frankie Valli, but despite his outstanding vocals, he had to withdraw from the performance and was replaced by the equally impressive Luke Suri.

Jersey Boys runs at The Alexandra until New Year’s Day. Credit Birgit + Ralf Brinkhoff

Lewis Griffiths returns as Nick Massi, a role which he’s performed for all UK and Ireland tours. He’s joined by Dalton Wood as Tommy DeVito, and Blair Gibson completes the quartet as the famous songwriter and producer, Bob Gaudio.

Whether you’re a fan of The Four Seasons or your hearing their music and story for the very first time, it’s impossible not to appreciate this dazzling show in all of its glory. It packs a punch in both its staging and sound, while the clever choice of each song perfectly sits in with the storyline.

With slick choreography, smooth set changes, and a band a cast that deserved nothing less than a standing ovation, Jersey Boys will leave you Beggin’ for more.

Jersey Boys runs at The Alexandra until Saturday, January 1, 2022. Click here to book tickets now!

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