03/25/2010 - 03/25/2010 6 °C
After An Inspector Calls, I was more than satisfied. Little did I know that J had cooked up ANOTHER theatre night! This time it wasn't Valentine's Day, but an early birthday present, and not Wyndham's Theatre, but the Prince Edward Theatre and Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons!
Once more, I was totally stoked! Some quick pics on the way out the door, and we were off once more for Leicester Square--a mere 17 tube stops away. *Groan* But, hey! It's the theatre!!
The theatre itself is quite big, much larger than Wyndham's, right off Shaftesbury on Old Compton Road.
Inside, the orchestra, mezzanine, dress circle, royal circle, and upper balconies seem to go on forever:
After a bit of pre-show exploration, we took our seats:
The first half of the musical was fantastic, and we were quickly immersed in the story of Frankie Valli and his meteoric rise from the back alleys of New Jersey to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. All of the performers were mind-blowingly good, as they ran through what seemed like the entire Four Seasons repertoire: "Beggin'," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," "Rag Doll," "Bye Bye Baby (Baby Goodbye)," "Sherry,", "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man," "Let's Hang On," and of course, "Oh What a Night."
Intermission: Always a good excuse to check out the ... ahem ... bar:
Back for the second half, we were again completely engrossed, and it was easy to see why Jersey Boys won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical 2009. I've always liked Frankie Valli and his unique sound, and his story of fame, fortune, and 100 million records is quite spectacular.
By the time the show was over, everyone was on their feet, singing and dancing along. I managed to steal a few quick (illegal) shots!
On our way out, we took our sweet time, and I managed to check out a bit more of the theatre:
Outside, I had to have my picture taken with the four lads! (I think I missed one ... sorry, dude.)
We just had time for a quick stroll around our little corner of the West End, before setting off once more for home.
Oh, what a night, indeed! Thank you so much, J. I cannot thank you enough, sweetie. The only thing better than indulging my theatre obsession is enjoying it with you xoxoxoxoxo