Thursday, 5 February 2015

Review: Jersey Boys (UK Tour) at the Milton Keynes Theatre

Jersey Boys (UK Tour) 
Milton Keynes Theatre
Reviewed on Wednesday 4th February 2015

Whilst continuing to dazzle audiences in the West End and on Broadway, Jersey Boys is currently touring the UK for the first time. Known as one of the slickest West End musicals, the standard is equally as high in this touring production which is almost identical to its London counterpart.

The beauty of Jersey Boys is that many buy tickets as they want to hear the incredible music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, but they don't expect to become wrapped up in the true story of the group's rise to stardom from the wrong side of the tracks. The show is immensely fun, but things also get dark and gritty; you leave the theatre with an attachment to these boys who found themselves living in a crazy world.

Frankie Valli may be one of the most demanding roles in musical theatre, but somehow Tim Driesen manages to make it look like a walk in the park. It's so refreshing to see someone having the time of their life whilst playing one of these mammoth roles. We see Frankie go on a big journey and Driesen excels at every point - from the innocent, wide-eyed boy with a dream to the troubled father. The huge applause after 'Can't Take My Eyes Off You' made it clear that the entire audience had made quite a connection with Driesen's performance. Vocally the actor owns each and every song, adding a few personal touches which work an absolute treat.

Sam Ferriday charmingly plays Bob Gaudio with his rendition of 'December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)' standing out as one of the evening's highlights. At last night's performance the role of Tommy DeVito was played by Henry Davis who took to the stage with strong presence whilst Lewis Griffiths does not put a foot wrong as Nick Massi.

The small ensemble work extremely hard, they are pumped and fired up during all the big numbers. A mention must go to Nathaniel Morrison who owns the stage and manages to steal several scenes in smaller roles - his vocals are amazing. 

I always love an excuse to catch Jersey Boys; it features some of the greatest songs ever written, tells an interesting story and is always in tip top shape. 

Reviewed by Andrew Tomlins (Editor)

Jersey Boys runs at the Milton Keynes Theatre until Saturday 14th February. The tour is currently booking to 3rd January 2016. Please visit for further information, full tour dates and tickets.

Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks

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