REVIEW: Jersey Boys at Dubai Opera

A rip-roaring show full of hits at Dubai Opera until October 14

Theatre

This is a show the term “jukebox musical” was made for. Even if you think you’ve never heard a single song by The Four Seasons and don’t have the foggiest who Frankie Valli is, we guarantee you’ll be able to sing along to at least one of the smash hits in the show.

For the uninitiated, The Four Seasons were a four-part harmony group from New Jersey (hence the title) that hit big in 1962 with Sherry. While the group didn’t ever have their fingers on the cultural pulse (The Beatles and Bob Dylan released their first records the same year and would go on to revolutionise the world), in Valli, The Four Seasons had a singer with an extraordinary falsetto and in songwriter Bob Gaudio had someone who could tap into the hopes and dreams of blue collar USA.

The group’s first three singles hit number one, propelling them to fame. From there on in, the individual members, and the group as a whole, had plenty of ups and downs. That excitement and turmoil is explored brilliantly by this brilliantly fun rags-to-riches musical.

The performances are all excellent, with each of the main cast (all new for the Dubai run) singing brilliantly and the band behind them playing the group’s famous singles (Walk Like A Man, Big Girls Don’t Cry, December 1963 and more) with absolute precision.

For a feel-good, all-singing, all-dancing night out, filled with tunes that hark back to a 1960s that is all but forgotten now, Jersey Boys is tough to beat.
From Dhs250. Until Oct 14. 8pm (and 3pm matinee on Oct 13). Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com.

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