Take a trip back in time to enjoy Four Seasons hits

Jersey Boys - North Pier 1

Jersey Boys - North Pier 1

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Ragdolls Present The Jersey Boys - North Pier Theatre, Blackpool

What this isn’t is a summer season version of the West End and Broadway smash hit musical about the rise to fame and fortune of The Four Seasons and their falsetto voiced frontman Frankie Valli.

What it is instead is a hard working and value for money trip down pop music’s memory lane centred around the hits of the multi million 
selling New Jersey group, quite a few of their contemporaries and the occasional other musical favourite

Ragdolls are a well drilled four piece backed by a competent quartet of musicians who are 
paying tribute to a tribute – it’s Jersey Boys 
minus the plot plus Grease hits, 50s and 60s 
favourites, a mega mix finale and enough encores to make you think there’s going to be a whole third section to the show.

Donning their best mid Atlantic accents 
Ragdolls are Shane Perkins (as Frankie Valli), Blackpool’s own Mykey J Young, Michael Shaw and Adam Pond – and between them they span the original group’s pre recording doo wop days (The Five Satins’ hit In The Still of the Night), trace their development into the disco era and beyond right through to Valli’s mellow solo hits.

The original group’s breakthrough came 
because they were four white performers who could sing and dance like a black group at a time when audiences and airplay was still pretty much segregated.

So the likes of Sherry, Walk Like A Man and Big Girls Don’t Cry sold in their millions largely thanks to Valli’s distinctive vocals – pretty well re-created here by Perkins.

Ironically though it’s this group’s Grease selection which brings the audience to its feet way before their version’s of the Four Seasons’ forays into Northern Soul (more by accident than design).

For energy (from them) and nostalgia (from the audience) it’s an enjoyable night out and can be seen every Thursday until September.

Robin Duke