Jersey Boys  – REVIEW

Jersey Boys  – REVIEW
Image: JERSEY BOYS by Willoughby Theatre Company. Credit: Grant Leslie

By NAZMUN NAHER SHISHIR

This season, Willoughby Theatre Company brings you drama, nostalgia and music through the sensational Jersey Boys. Rightfully earning Tony and Olivier Awards, the musical recounts the riotous journey of Frankie Valli and The Four Season — their rise to fame along with professional struggles, drama and the enduring music.

The story is divided into four acts, each narrated by a member of The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi, played by Luc-Pierre Tannous, Sterling Nasa, Thomas Dee, and Samuel Dobb respectively.

JERSEY BOYS by Willoughby Theatre Company. Credit: Grant Leslie

JERSEY BOYS by Willoughby Theatre Company. Credit: Grant Leslie

Director, Court Cassar delivers a multifaceted view of the band’s history; 40 years of friendship, brotherhood, and their unconditional love for music, with chart-topping hits such as “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, “Walk Like a Man”, “Oh, What A Night”, and more. The compelling narrative arc is full of dramatic turns and humour. 

Personal turmoil of the band members influenced their songs, which is reflected in musical highs and lows in the show. Music director, Peter Hayward and associate music director, Rowan Keyes do a spectacular job with arrangements. 

JERSEY BOYS by Willoughby Theatre Company. Credit: Grant Leslie

JERSEY BOYS by Willoughby Theatre Company. Credit: Grant Leslie

Frankie Valli’s unstable love life, broken marriage, financial crisis of the band, internal conflict in the friendship, impact of fame, are all captured with great affinity Tannous, who portrays love, loss, and redemption through song.

Along with the performances, things that will strike the audience while watching the musical are its visual aesthetics, polished make-up and costume, and fantastic lighting. The choreography by Arnold Andrews, and assistant choreographer Jonathan Fitzgerald, elevate the musical’s connection with the audience, who danced with them, sang with them, and, at times even wept a little. 

JERSEY BOYS by Willoughby Theatre Company. Credit: Grant Leslie

Valli’s closing narrative is a reflection of loyalty and loss through enduring music.       

Until June 2

The Concourse, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood

www.theconcourse.com.au

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