04:37PM, Friday 21 June 2019
The feel-good sounds of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are getting theatregoers on to their feet at the Theatre Royal Windsor this week.
New Jersey Nights, not to be confused with the musical Jersey Boys, is a celebration of the music of the band that vied with the Beatles for Number One slots in the early 1960s – a sort of tribute show with added sparkle.
On this, the first night of a four-day run in Windsor, the four male singers, dancing in synch, belted out some of the best-selling crowd-pleasing pop songs of all time - Sherry, Rag Doll, Walk Like A Man, Grease is the Word, Big Girls Don’t Cry - sometimes a cappella, sometimes with a backing track, as six dancers jitterbugged and bopped around them.
Outfits were changed and jackets got increasingly spangly as the audience warmed up, appreciating the light-hearted banter from the stage and singing along to the infectious tunes they blasted out so well.
A number of songs were not made famous by the Four Seasons but were featured because they had been covered by Valli during his long career, which continues to this day.
This former Bay City Rollers fan was surprised to hear the 1975 pop hit Bye Bye Baby which, it turns out, was written by Four Season songwriter Bob Crewe. Another, a solo rendition of the Earth Angel, originally by The Penguins, and which Valli loves to sing, was breath-taking.
Nearing the end of the show, two brave women in the audience finally broke ranks, moving to the aisle to dance, and by the encore, everyone was on their feet and clapping along.
As the unseasonable weather continues to put a dampener on outdoor activities, this show of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons might just be the thing to put a spring in your step.
Friday 8pm, Saturday 4.45pm and 8pm.
Tickets from £19.50
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