Being slightly too young to remember New Jersey born Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons and definitely too young to remember The Four Lovers, growing up listening to them as the soundtrack for a Sunday afternoon lunch at my grandparents, I felt more than well versed in their discography of hit, after hit, after hit.
I turned to my young daughter in the car on the way to New Jersey Nights and could hear my Grandparents in the back of my mind chastising me that her musical education has not got much past artistes with mis-spelled or incorrectly title-cased names with random punctuation thrown in to boot. I had however come pre-armed with a CD of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons to introduce my daughter to the show she was about to enjoy with me. I could tell she was suitably impressed with the CD despite not being entirely convinced with my confirmation that the trademark falsetto tones were sung by men.
Cue curtain up at The Regent’s latest powerhouse, New Jersey Nights and that rush and hit you get when a live performance starts bowled not only myself over, but my young daughter too! Set in a bar in the first half, singers Jon Hawkins, Duncan Heather, Ricky Rojas and Damion Scarcella immortalise the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons and kick off the two-hour trip through hits that millions of people have danced, kissed, wept and toe-tapped to. Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry and Walk Like A Man were just some of the hits belted out in the first half.
Whilst the most observant of you will have noticed that I mention only 4 names above, the 4 performers take turns as lead singer. The harmonies are very solid and very tight and was typified in the quite brilliant a cappella version of Silence is Golden. A fine and touching rendition of ‘Fallen Angel’, a tribute by Frankie Valli to his adoptive daughter and youngest daughter who died tragically within the space of 6 months, was sung by Duncan Heather and you could tell by the atmosphere in the theatre that you had been taken on an emotional journey.
Other hits like ‘Grease’ and ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You’ got the party to the point where people were up in the aisles lead in-part by my young daughter who decided that hits like these couldn\’t pass without a dance! By the medley of hits as the finale the seating area was looking more like a 60’s dancefloor!
Credit not only to the 4 boys but to the trio of dancing and singing girls who doff their caps to The Crystals and The Ronettes with their singing performances.
The performance was energetic, enthralling and as proven by myself, a hit with all age groups and seriously, not one to be missed! Whether an avid fan of the New Jersey sound, a first-time listener or just someone who loves a live show, this is where your money should be spent this week!
Sadly, this show is only on until Wednesday and can be booked through the Regent Theatre box office or via the website Click Here