One night only, Friday 28th February at Millfield Theatre: Although they tour nationally and internationally with a version of the show available for corporate events, charity galas and private functions.
You are told there are 4 rules when going to watch Big Girls Don’t Cry – Featuring the East Coast Boys:
1) Sing along, – 2) if you don’t know the words hum – 3) if you sing better than them, then dance, and 4) and above all that, have a good time, (and that I most certainly did).
Like the rest of the audience, I love Frankie Valli’s music, so an opportunity to see an internationally acclaimed tribute act perform the songs of this rock ‘n roll phenomena in a small theatre setting was too good to miss.
The East Coast Boys, portrayed in this show by talented singer/dancers; Jonathan Vickers – Franki Valli, Stuart Innes – Bob Gaudio, Liam Larkin – Tommy Devito and Bradley Clarkson as Nick Massi, are a dream casting for this New Jersey band that conquered the world as the band that became known as Franki Valli and the Four Seasons.
The show is a fun and engaging production that showcases some of the bands biggest hits as well as some of their numbers that they would rather forget.
Taking a lively and interactive audience back to 1952, the group perform a great mix of the band’s hits including Sherry Baby, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Bye Bye Baby, Silence is Golden, Oh What a Night, Ragdoll, Dawn, Marianne and Marlena. Although this not just a concert – the performers have a special way of incorporating banter and local jokes that are tailor made for each venue and audience. At the show in Edmonton, North London we were dazzled by (Bradley Clarkson’s) Nick Massi’s take on Sherry Baby – Tottenham Style! and (Jonathan Vickers) Frankie Valli’s parental guidance lesson on how to reach the iconic high notes that he sings with such ease.
We watch the band not only sing those high notes, but also perform the memorable dance routines that we all know so fondly, as well as involving the audience in the show at every opportunity. It is great that we were all invited to join in with the words, and I most certainly did (along with copying some cheeky dance moves).
All four performers talk directly to the audience, share stories of local trips to Gala Bingo in Enfield and Fish Friday in the lovely local restaurant owned by Mr J.D Wetherspoons. All of this is received VERY well by a cheering and excited audience who laugh and embrace these local references,
All in all there was dancing in the aisles, great music, fantastic voices and lots of comic moments that make this a great show to go and see. If you see that the East Coast Boys are performing at a venue near you, then do go and check them out!
Review by Faye Stockley
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