Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are one of the most iconic groups in music history. Not only were they the first all white group to be signed to VeeJay records, they racked up 29 Top 40 hits during their career. Sixteen of these hits were achieved in just over 2 years. Unfortunately, their fame was hard earned and hard kept. Although they had many hits, a dispute over non-payment caused them to leave VeeJay and sign with Phillips Records where they continued with their string of hits. However, legal problems there caused fighting among group members and a failed album resulted in the group falling from the charts until 1975. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and are the only group to have hits spanning several decades. The group went through several name changes and group member changes before becoming the Four Seasons. Two of these were the Variatones and the Four Lovers.
“Jersey Boys” is currently on stage at the Prince Edward Theatre in London’s West End. The Prince Edward has had a tumultuous past similar to that of the Four Seasons. Since it’s opening in the 1930′s, The Prince Edward has been everything from a cabaret to a movie theatre. It has twice been a live action theatre. The Prince Edward is located in Soho, one of the West End’s busiest sections. It has seating capacity for 1,618 patrons. Seating is split into three sections. Tickets for this theatre sell out fast, especially for this renowned show.
“Jersey Boys” recounts the tough rise, fall and rise of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. It recalls how they came up with their own unique sound and ran with it. It shows how they struggled to get discovered and follows their career with all of its ups and downs including how they managed to hang on through Elvis and the Beatles. It shows how dreams can truly happen and how life can try to crush them. “Jersey Boys” incorporates many of the songs made famous by the group. Big girls don’t cry being one of the more famous ones. So enjoy a trip down to Soho and let “Jersey Boys” get under your skin and just maybe work your way back for a second show. Just like in the heyday of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, “Jersey Boys” will make you say oh what a night!
This much loved theatre show is a favorite in the theatre world and is guaranteed to entertain you and your family. However, do be aware that parental guidance is advised for children under 12.
- 2012 Jersey Boys Tour Schedule and Broadway Show Details (vividseats.com)