Jersey Boys – the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons is a broadway musical production brought to you by a South African cast and crew. This production is based on the real life events that took place as four Jersey boys became one of America’s biggest pop groups, selling 175 million records.
This broadway production is brought to life by a cast of 19 South African actors and actresses, four of which play the roles of the good looking Italian men in The Four Seasons.
From left: Bob Gaudio is played by Kenneth Meyer; Tommy DeVito is played by Daniel Buys (who you might recognise from Idols); Frankie Valli is played by Grant Almirall and Nick Massi is played by Isidingo’s Emmanuel Castis.
My boyfriend and I were given tickets to watch the show last night and all I knew about it before walking in was that people had said it was “brilliant”. I knew nothing about the story, the music or the actors so I had no expectations. 30 seconds into the performance, I had to pick my jaw up off the floor.
Since my boyfriend is a musician, we were both impressed with the perfect harmonies and vocal range of the Jersey Boys. Most of the songs were unfamiliar to us [the people to my left seemed to know all the words and were not shy to sing along as loudly as they could] but there was a moment when Frankie Valli sang “Can’t take my eyes off of you” and the audience erupted into applause as he started. At the end of the song, the applause continued for so long, that the show could not go on. Another aspect of what made these catchy tunes and beautiful harmonies so appealing was the fact that the quality of sound was amazing.
The backdrop of the acting, singing and dancing was a simple yet effective set design. What I took note of was the flawless entrance and exit of the props. There were no awkward crew members dressed in black that ran onto the stage to put props in place. Instead, well-dressed extras pushed tables and chairs as they walked onto the stage. There were times when an actor would fly across the stage on a chair, landing perfectly behind a desk.
This broadway musical is a treat to the eyes and ears and it will not disappoint lovers of music, acting and dancing. I suggest you get yourself a ticket now! The production will be held at the Artscape in Cape Town until Sunday 4 August and ticket prices range between R100 and R390.
Professional photos courtesy of http://www.jerseyboyssa.co.za