Reviews have dropped for the new West End production of Jersey Boys in London – what did the critics make of it?
Last seen in the West End 2017, a new revival production has opened at the recently refurbished Trafalgar Theatre.
Currently booking through to January 2022, the cast features Ben Joyce as Frankie Valli, Adam Bailey as Bob Gaudio, Benjamin Yates as Tommy De Vito and Karl James Wilson as Nick Massi.
Following its opening night, what did critics make of the new production?
Jersey Boys London reviews
The Telegraph – 4/5
“You can’t fault the performances in this newly cast revival, with Benjamin Yates deftly capturing the pugilistic DeVito’s paradoxical reckless control freakery (his inveterate gambling habit would eventually split the group) and with all four band members so musically in tune one of them only needs to pluck a note on a guitar for another to instantly come in with a yearning harmony, a nifty hip wiggle, a soul-soaring melody.” – Read the full review
London Evening Standard – 4/5
“Yes, the musical theatre landscape is somewhat saturated with jukebox shows. But you could say that it’s the winning combination of Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice’s slick book and the roof-raising musical performances of the Four Seasons’ hit back-catalogue which sets this one apart.” – Read the full review
The Guardian – 4/5
“The momentum is all in the music, pushed hard in the band’s charge towards fame and beyond. Jersey Boys is a musical that efficiently delivers a cracking story and a seemingly endless catalogue of hit songs.” – Read the full review
The Times – 3/5
“This jukebox musical, telling the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, has swept the globe since it first arrived on Broadway a decade and a half ago. So to point out that it’s an oddly clunky piece of storytelling interspersed with songs that are seldom given room to spread their wings might seem perverse. But it’s true.” – Read the full review
WhatsOnStage – 4/5
“Great music doesn’t age, it matures, and the same goes for this vivid, satisfyingly hard edged musical, staged with true all-American flair and polish. It’s so lovely to have it back, and what a glorious way to open a beautifully refurbished venue” – Read the full review
The Stage – 2/5
“Lively but uninspired revival that falters despite a string of pop hits” – Read the full review
Jersey Boys plays Trafalgar Theatre, London currently booking through to 2 January 2022.
The current performance schedule is Monday-Saturday at 7:30PM with 2:30PM matinees on Thursdays and Saturdays.