Wolverhampton Grand was rightly filled to the rafters tonight as the UK tour of Jersey Boys arrived in town. Painting the story of Frankie Valli, The Four Seasons and their rise to fame, the show is packed with the group’s iconic catalogue of songs.
We are immediately introduced to Tommy DeVito (played by Stephen Webb), the charismatic leader of the Variety Trio. However, after a few scuffles with the law, the trio become a solo act, but on discovering the dulcet tones of Frankie Valli, he sets out to form a new quartet.
Having seen the show on the West End, it is always a pleasure to see the touring version and it certainly did not disappoint. With talent in abundance on stage, Matt Corner was a natural in the role of Frankie Valli, with effortless vocals that shone throughout the night. Complementing this was the rich, deep tones of Nick Massey – beautifully depicted by Lewis Griffiths, whilst the timid and talented Bob Gaudio was superbly played by Sam Ferriday.
As hit after hit was expertly delivered by the quartet, the glistening harmonies were a treat for the ears. The musical undeniably showcases the talent of these four Jersey boys and is a fitting homage to their music.
With a hilarious feature performance from Damian Buhagiar’s as Joe Pesci, these additional comic turns aided the pace of the production. Under the musical direction of Andrew Corcoran, the music sounded fresh, vibrant and revitalized in this uplifting story.
The Jersey Boys plays at Wolverhampton Grand until 20 February.
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