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Jersey Boys

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Last Chance: After nine glorious years in London’s West End JERSEY BOYS will end its smash-hit run at the Piccadilly Theatre on 26 March 2017

Book Jersey Boys tickets as part of your Holiday Extras London theatre break and experience the West End, home to some of the best shows in the world.

A firm favourite among theatregoers, Jersey Boys London is a nostalgic night out celebrating the timeless tunes of The Four Seasons. More than just a tribute concert, follow the Jersey Boys from their humble beginnings to the height of stardom as one of the most successful bands in music history.

Meet the men behind the music — Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi — who started out singing under a street lamp on the streets of Newark, New Jersey. You'll hear from each of the Seasons in this multi-perspective production and find out how these four blue-collar boys came together to form The Four Seasons and create their unique sound that took the 60s by storm.

Brilliantly upbeat with a whole lot of heart, the story of the Jersey Boys also has a darker edge. From stints in jail and run-ins with the Mafia, to bad debts and clashes of creativity, Jersey Boys is a gripping rags-to-riches tale that makes for one of the best nights out in London.

Bursting with smash-hit songs, this joyous jukebox musical will have your toes tapping from start to finish. Even those who've never heard of The Four Seasons will be familiar with their instantly recognisable catalogue of worldwide chart-toppers, including 'Bye Bye Baby (Baby Goodbye)', 'Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You' and 'Working My Way Back To You'.

'Oh What A Night' you'll have when you see Jersey Boys London at the Piccadilly Theatre.

Important information: The blue collar boys from New Jersey sometimes use colourful language.


Genre

Musical

Location

Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, London, W1D 7DY

Underground

The closest underground station to Jersey Boys at the Piccadilly Theatre is Piccadilly Circus on the Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines.

Buses

We recommend the following buses to reach Jersey Boys at the Piccadilly Theatre:

Shaftesbury Avenue: 14, 19, 38

Regent Street: 3, 6, 12, 13, 15, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453

Night Buses

Shaftesbury Avenue: 14, N19, N38

Regent Street: 6, 12, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453, N3, N13, N15, N18, N109, N136

Parking

The closest car park to the Piccadilly Theatre is Brewer Street Car Park on Brewer Street. The car park is a 2 minute walk from the Piccadilly Theatre.

Show Times

Jersey Boys runs for 2 hours 40 minutes (including a 15 minute intermission)


Monday:

Tuesday: 15:00 | 19:30

Wednesday: 19:30

Thursday: 19:30

Friday: 19:30

Saturday: 15:00 | 19:30

Sunday: 17:00

Show opened

Jersey Boys opened on 28th February 2008.

Assisted Performances

We are unable to offer tickets for assisted performances. Please contact the theatre directly for more information.

Expert reviews of Jersey Boys:

"...the best collection of pop hits since Mamma Mia!"

Charles Spencer, The Telegraph

"This is a big thumper of a show with fantastic songs."

Quentin Letts, Daily Mail

"...a sharp jukebox musical, if not a smash hit ."

Susannah Clapp, The Guardian

Holiday Extras review of Jersey Boys:

Buckle your seatbelts for you are in for a rollercoaster of a show. Jersey Boys is a fast-paced, rags-to-riches story that is thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. Don't worry if you don't know much about the Four Seasons, because by the end of the show, you're sure to be a fan.

From the moment the show starts, you're instantly engaged by the French rap-remix of Oh What a Night, (titled Ces Soirees La). It's a fun and upbeat way to start the show, but it feels very out of place with the rest of the production. It has nothing to do with the show's themes, is a bit anachronistic when you consider the story set in the 60s, and sets a happy-go-lucky tone, which I felt jarred a bit with the opening prison scene that followed it.

What was it all about?


Jersey Boys are vocally beautiful

As the story unfolds, we get each act set to a season (spring through to winter) and each act is narrated by one of the band members, telling the story from their point of view and giving their thoughts on each scene. This starts with Tommy DeVito. His Italian-American accent is a bit overdone and with the gangster-esque setting, the first scenes reminded me of the Sopranos; something they themselves make a joke of on stage.

However, their 'gangster' world is really not that dark or sinister. You see DeVito and Nick Massi doing petty crimes to support their band, yo-yoing in and out of jail and getting involved with a guy who helps them fix their money troubles, but nothing near the Godfather level. A young Frankie Valli then joins their group and they get a few small gigs as a trio, but always under a different name. They decide they need a fourth person, but after a failed attempt, aren't sure who they can get. Eventually, they meet Bob Gaudio, a very young educated singer, songwriter and pianist who hits it off with Valli straight away. This causes tension and jealousy with DeVito that continues through the show. The story then shoots forward to the group naming themselves the Four Seasons after being kicked out of a venue of the same name, then to them getting their first hit and on to fame and stardom.

During all this, Frankie has got married and had kids, though never sees them now he's on tour. Subsequently, his relationship with his family disintegrates and leads to divorce. DeVito ends up a gambler and gets himself into debt, which leads to the group splitting up and eventually Valli going solo. The last act focuses on Valli's career which ends with the death of his daughter. This emotional scene is then switched to a happy finale too quickly for my liking. The audience is suddenly brought forward in time to when the singers got together for a one-off reunion. Their final group song has each of the characters tell you what happened to them in the interim and ends the show on a well-received high, with many people in the audience giving the actors a standing ovation.

Songs and dances


Close harmonies

The songs and harmonies are brilliant, though not exactly the same as the originals. Matt Corner did a fantastic job as Valli and his falsetto was brilliant, if a bit nasal at times. As the story progresses, you hear wonderful combinations of the singers, from solos, duets, trios and quartets and back again, with each song being a beautiful vocal arrangement. Expect to hear classic songs such as Big Girls Don't Cry, Walk Like a Man and My Eyes Adored You among the repertoire.

As for the dancing, well there just isn't much of it. When the group perform, mostly it's rhythmic swaying in unison and small movements, which was the style of the time, so don't go in expecting impressive dance routines and acrobatics!

Stage and costume design

This is not really a show you go to see for the visuals and costumes. The clothes are generally trousers and shirts of the time and 60's dresses for the women. There are no particularly noteworthy outfits and when the band performs, they tend to wear the same colours, but nothing particularly spectacular.

The set changes were smooth and for most of the show, there was a drum kit somewhere on stage, always reminding you of the music. There was a metal staircase that led up to an industrial-looking balcony which ran along the back of the stage. This was there throughout the play and gave an extra dimension to it.

One addition I thought was particularly clever, was the use of visual media. Several times the characters are seen to be performing to another audience, while being recorded by huge cameras. To emphasise this, three giant screens show the actors in black and white, mixed with real footage of the original audience reacting to the original band, reminding you that Jersey Boys is based on a true story.

Bits to watch out for

Jersey Boys is filled with brilliant quips and one-liners and the humour extends to some of the extras. When Gaudio first plays the piano and sings with the group, keep an eye on the barman at the front of the stage; his comic dance routine is something I found particularly entertaining!

Another highlight is the climax song I Love You Baby. Valli's solo performance features a brass band and even a bit of dancing, though I felt his voice was particularly excellent in this song.

So, what's my overall impression?

All in all, Jersey Boys is a wonderful production that is best seen with a group of friends. The songs are great and the story is entertaining. Two things you should bear in mind before you go, though - there are some adult themes implied, which I didn't feel was needed in the story, and there is a great deal of swearing throughout.


The author

Written by Léonie Alvey, a copywriter, theatre reviewer and hotel reviewer for Holiday Extras. She has previously edited theatre reviews for websites such as View London.

Interesting facts about Jersey Boys

  • Bowled over — The Four Seasons named themselves after a bowling alley where they failed an audition.
  • Billboard big shots — The Four Seasons are the only group to have had a Top 100 Billboard hit in every decade from the 1950s to the 1990s.
  • Dramatic dabbling — Franki Valli appeared in the American TV show, The Sopranos as Mafia member Rusty Millio.

History of Jersey Boys

Following the success of other jukebox musicals, Bob Gaudio, an original member of The Four Seasons, planned to make a musical based on the band's discography. Instead of fitting the songs to an independent story, book writers Rick Elice and Marshall Brickman planned to base the show on the band's colourful history. While looking at material from interviews with each of the band members, Elice and Brickman noticed a contradiction in their stories, which paved the way for the multi-perspective story they came to write. The show premiered in San Diego in October 2004, and transferred to Broadway the following year. Jersey Boys London followed in 2008, and a movie adaptation directed by Clint Eastwood was released in June 2014.

Jersey Boys Awards

Laurence Olivier Awards

  • Best New Musical (2008)

Tony Awards

  • Best Musical (2006)
  • Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical — John Lloyd Young (2006)
  • Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical — Christian Hoff (2006)
  • Best Lighting Design of a Musical — Howell Binkley (2006)

Jersey Boys Cast

  • Frankie Valli: Michael Watson
  • Bob Gaudio: Edd Post
  • Tommy DeVito: Jon Boydon
  • Nick Massi: Gary Watson

Jersey Boys Creative Team

History of the Piccadilly Theatre

Right in the heart of the West End, the Piccadilly Theatre has housed a variety of entertainments since 1928.

The Art Deco Piccadilly Theatre was built in April 1928, replacing the set of ramshackle stables that previously occupied 16 Denman Street. At the time, the venue was one of the largest in London, claiming that all of the bricks, if laid in a straight line, would "stretch from London to Paris".

The venue opened with a hit production of Blue Eyes starring Evelyn Laye, whose ghost is said to haunt the theatre. After running for just a few months, the Piccadilly Theatre was taken over by film giant Warner Brothers and used as a cinema. Making part of film history, it was at the Piccadilly Theatre that the very first talking picture was screened in Britain — The Singing Fool starring Al Jolson.

In November 1929, the theatre reopened as a venue for theatrical entertainment, but struggled to turn a profit. In 1936, the Piccadilly converted into a cabaret-style restaurant called the London Casino. The venue staged an assortment of lavish stage shows, including comedy, cartoons and swing bands. However, performances were halted following damage sustained by a German bomb during World War Two.

The venue was renovated in the early 1950s, with its original green and gold embellishments remaining, and reopened under its former name. The Piccadilly staged a number of hit Broadway transfers and saw many a celebrity grace its stage. The Beatles recorded several songs at the Piccadilly in 1964 and in 1986 the theatre became the venue for ITV's Sunday night variety show, Live From The Piccadilly.

The theatre gained a reputation for housing a series of theatrical flops, including a stage adaptation of Moby Dick and the more-recent Spice Girls musical Viva Forever. The venue has since picked up, staging more popular productions such as Guys and Dolls, Grease, Ghost The Musical, and the recently re-homed, Theatreland favourite, Jersey Boys.

Piccadilly Theatre Seat Map

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Address

Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, London, W1D 7DY

Phone Number

0844 871 7627

Seating Capacity

1232

Closest Tube

The closest underground station to Jersey Boys at the Piccadilly Theatre is Piccadilly Circus on the Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines.

Access

Wheelchair access to the Piccadilly Theatre is through the entrance on Sherwood Street. Accessible toilets are also available.

Facilities

The Piccadilly Theatre provides the following facilities to theatre-goers:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bar
  • Toilets
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accessible toilets
  • Cloakroom facilities

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