NEW JERSEY NIGHTS
★★★★★Princess Theatre, Torquay
THE show raised the roof of the Princess Theatre, Torquay.
The performance, which was almost sold out, saw everyone out of their seats, dancing and singing to the back catalogue of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
With pitch perfect harmonies, slick choreography and pedigree cast, this show was faultless.
The leading men — Jon Hawkins, Ricki Rojas, Damion Scarcella and Simon Schofield — were a force to be reckoned with, especially when they came together to sing.
Their upbeat and charismatic personalities only added to the charm of the concert and it was great to see so much audience interaction.
My only niggle was the dancers who were absolutely terrific, but were sometimes distracting from the main performance.
What made New Jersey Nights tick was the brilliant programme. Hit after hit was belted out with poise and they all performed with masses of energy, as if it were opening night.
Songs like Sherry, Walk Like a Man, Unchained Melody and Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow got huge cheers.
An acapella version of Blue Moon was also a winner and had the crowd whistling and clapping in appreciation.
It really allowed the talented cast to show off their dulcet tones.
I might only be 34 years old and one of the youngest in the theatre, but I knew pretty much every hit which was performed, proving that although many of the songs are more than 40 to 50 years old they are timeless classics.
The set which turned from a cocktail bar into a recording studio worked well and the finale with flashing bright lights and glitzy costumes was a perfect end to a great night.
There are lots of Frankie Valli tribute shows doing the rounds and they sell well as the music is so well loved, but this one is definitely the best on the road.