Billed as direct from the USA this juke box musical celebrating the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons is certainly a crowd pleaser with many of the audience up and dancing by the end of the show.
The slight difference with this production from other musicals of a similar format is that there is no attempt to construct a plot, storyline or character and as a result it lacks a dramatic thrust or an opportunity for any of the performances to make a real impact. New Jersey Nights is purely a series of songs linked with weak narrative and some chronological references to the many hits that the Four Seasons had.
There is a superb live onstage band, a large sound rig alongside an impressive star cloth and lighting design (Paul Gould) this production has all the ingredients to create a good night out. The main singers are clearly enjoying themselves. William Hazell, Kris Manuel, Damion Scarella and Simon Schofield they can entertain without the pressure of having to act or create any resemblance to the original team. Their vocals are sound and Act 2 provides a great burst of energy from the supporting company that was much needed.
The show was very well received, in the opening moments the youthful company asked; “Do you remember 1964?” the production ensured the target audience were on their side and as the evening progressed it was obvious they had clearly got it right.