New Jersey Boys Come Out to Play the Playhouse Edinburgh

Blair Gibson, Dalton Wood, Michael Pickering and Christopher Short. Image Birgit + Ralf Brinkhoff
Blair Gibson, Dalton Wood, Michael Pickering and Christopher Short. Image Birgit + Ralf Brinkhoff

Title:
Jersey Boys

Times:
Mon - Sat 19:30, Thu, Sat 14:30

From: 24 Jan 2023

To: 4 Feb 2023

Venue:
Edinburgh Playhouse
18-22 Greenside Lane
Edinburgh
Edinburgh & the Lothians
EH1 3AA

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In the 1960’s, the vocal group from New Jersey The Four Seasons enjoyed innumerable hits in the US and internationally, with songs such as Rag Doll, Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – as big a pop sensation as the times could deliver, and as radio-friendly as The Beach Boys, The Beatles or Motown. Then equally remarkably, the group consolidated their earlier success with a string of hits throughout the succeeding decade with hits such as Who Loves You, The Night, December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night) and Silver Star, which exhibited a sophisticated musicianship underpinning their trademark harmonies. One of them – lead singer Frankie Valli – enjoyed solo success too, with My Eyes Adored You and Fallen Angel. 

With a story centring on the band’s rise to fame and its less-than harmonious disintegration against a troubling backdrop of mob connections, gambling and prison spells, Jersey Boys is the musical show put together by original band member Bob Gaudio with book writers Rick Elice and Marshall Brickman. It charts the band’s doo-wop style beginnings, the emergence of a unique, the creation of myriad timeless hits, their intra-group and personal ups and downs, through to their induction in 1990 to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland – the pinnacle of US approbation – and beyond. It has been an international success, garnering an Olivier Award and critical plaudits from its first Broadway run in 2006. Billed as ‘the musical that’s too good to be true’, audiences can expect a tidal wave of 60’s pop hits in the ultimate ‘Jukebox’ musical.

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