Feb. 5th, 2017

Jersey Boys

Feb. 5th, 2017 12:54 pm
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When SM said he planned to drive up to London to go to a Saturday afternoon singing workshop thingy - don't ask me anything about it, all I know was it featured Thomas Tallis - and wondered if I'd like to go too and have an afternoon in London I had a look to see what plays/shows were on.  I'd been thinking of seeing Jersey Boys for a while, having heard good things about it, and when I realised it would be closing soon I decided that's what I would go to.

I have to say it wasn't as good as I'd expected.  The first act seemed very slow.  It wasn't helped by a constant stream of audience members (I was in the upper circle) going out and back in - they were worse than my Brownie pack.  I felt the performance didn't make enough of some of the big numbers and there was no attempt to share them with the audience.

The second act was better and the last two numbers include the band on the platform over the stage.  The band was excellent and I really enjoyed watching them play.  I'm used to the RSC having actual musicians on stage and so when the Four Seasons are played by actors/singers it doesn't really convince.  (In the same way, in a recent episode of Endeavour a shepherd walked away and his walk was all wrong).  Also, on occasions the choreography as the group was singing looked stilted - maybe that was deliberate, to show difficulties within the group, but it just looked awkward.

My overall feeling is that, like Mamma Mia, this is a play with songs fitted into it, rather than having the songs emerge from the action.  So, a pleasant afternoon's entertainment, but not one of the highspots of the year.

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