Friday, 14 November 2014

by The New Jersey Boys
Nottingham Arts Theatre

Well, the title said it all "Oh What A Night", and what a night was had by all who saw The New Jersey Boys tonight on their first visit to Nottingham. You will not see a tribute band with these lads, but a tribute to the brilliant music of Frankie Valli, the Four Seasons as well as some of the big hits of the 1960's and 70's, plus a brilliant version of "Nessun Dorma" from one quarter of the New Jersey Boys, Einar Vestmann who also performed the falsetto parts of the show.

From the very opening of the show, which set the scene of the 60's by tripping down memory lane to the final arm waving, hand clapping, hip swaying singalong of "Sweet Caroline", this show is pure entertainment with some great comedy bits from Gary Gould who also provides a history lesson of Frankie and co, entertaining and educational as well.

There are several solo performances from Einar, ex West End "Oliver", Ricky Lee White and Gary, as well as some excellent harmonies from all four. All the big hits are here and more, covering their early period through to the Northern Soul "The Night" and Frankie's solo hits such as "Fallen Angel", "My Eyes Adored You" and "Grease" and their 70's disco period of "Who Loves You", "We Can Work It Out" and of course "December '63".

Great showmanship, brilliant entertainment with their audience involvement and a really nice touch at the end of the night when all four made their way to the foyer to thank everyone for coming down. I am sure that this is the first time that I have seen this happen, giving their audience the chance to say "hello" and chat and have their pictures taken. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble for the four of them.

If you get the chance to see The New Jersey Boys, then take it because you will have a great night of entertainment

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