The Jersey Boys musical was in Kuala Lumpur recently between 15th and 27th April 2014. The hubs and I managed to catch one of the shows and we were completely blown away!
Needless to say, the singing and the music were flawless. I expected it to be good, of course, since Jersey Boys has been performed over 3000 times and is now the 14th longest running show on Broadway. It has been seen by over 18 million adoring fans! Now plus me and hubs :)
# – Yay, Jersey Boys!
Thanks to Milestone Production Sdn Bhd, we were able to enjoy Jersey Boys at our very own Istana Budaya. It is a musical based on the true story of the meteoric rise to stardom of one of the most successful bands in American pop music history – Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.
# – The real Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.
Featuring the band’s 60’s American pop worldwide hits, Jersey Boys details the inspiring journey of The Four Seasons from humble New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records globally – all before they hit thirty!
# – During the performance (picture nicked from Jersey Boys’ FB).
When hits such as “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, and “Oh, What a Night” were sung…well, lets just say if I weren’t pregnant, I would have gotten up and shaken my tail feather.
When “Fallen Angel” came on, I cried like a sobbering fool – damn hormones!
Jersey Boys is the winner of 54 major awards including the 2006 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Show Album. Contrary to belief, it is not a tribute band but a full-scale Broadway musical that tells the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons through each of the four members’ perspectives.
The Four Seasons are played by Grant Almirall (Chicago, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar) as Frankie Valli; Daniel Buys (Boys in the Photograph, Mamma Mia!) as Tommy DeVito; Kenneth Meyer (Boys in the Photograph, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar) as Bob Gaudio and television star Emmanuel Castis (Scandal, Isidingo, season 4 winner of Strictly Come Dancing) as Nick Massi with Jaco van Rensburg (Showboat, Chicago, Grease) playing Frankie Valli at certain performances.
# – The dashing Four Seasons in Jersey Boys (picture nicked from Jersey Boys’ FB).
The three leading female characters, fondly dubbed, the “Jersey Girls” are played by Carmen Pretorius (Footloose!, Mamma Mia, Cabaret), Taryn-Lee Hudson (Rocky Horror Picture Show, Kidz Rock, Let the Good Times Roll) and Kirsten Murphy-Rossiter (Some Like it Vrot, Grease, M-Net’s Crimes Uncovered).
I really hope Milestone Production Sdn Bhd will bring in even more international musical acts to our shores! Can I suggest “We Will Rock You” next, pretty please?