I've always loved going to the theatre and a good musical is my absolute favourite, so I was super excited to be invited to the press night of Jersey Boys at the New Theatre, Oxford.
On arrival we headed down to the lovely Piano Bar which was adorned with Christmas decorations, balloons and even our own Jersey Boys Christmas bauble! The drinks were flowing and the atmosphere was buzzing.
The New Theatre is a lovely spot to take in a show in Oxford and we had fantastic seats in the centre of the stalls which was a real treat.
Jersey Boys tells the true life story of four boys from the wrong side of the tracks who wrote their own songs, invented their own unique sound, and sold 100 million records worldwide. The show features hit after hit, including Beggin’, December 1963 (Oh What A Night), Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Walk Like A Man, Bye Bye Baby, Big Girls Don’t Cry. I was surprised by just how many songs I knew; they were all classics I'd grown up hearing my parents play over the years and they really did have the feel good factor!
Michael Watson who played Frankie Valli was standout, not only did he have a fantastic voice
but he replicated Valli's unique tone perfectly. I could have just listened to him all night. That's not to say that the rest of the cast weren't brilliant; their rich blend of voices and depth of character were truly impressive.
The interval included more drinks and ice cream - the dream!
The Act 2 began, with some truly poignant moments, alongside the upbeat numbers. The complex character of Tommy De Vito was explored and portrayed beautifully by Simon Bailley.
Like any good musical, the show finished on a stream of feel-good numbers; the audience were out of their seats and up and dancing and we left with a spring in our step...
I would highly recommend booking to see this sensational show over the festive period - on from now until 6th January 2019 at the New Theatre, Oxford: