Last night I headed back to the Pavilion in Bournemouth to see New Jersey Nights with my nan and some fellow Bournemouth Bloggers. Although I knew that it was a tribute to Frankie Vali and The Four Seasons, I didn’t really know much about the show, or the band for that matter, as they were in the charts a little before my time. I had taken my nan with me, who did know their music and was looking forward to reminiscing during the show.
It was clear from the audience that this wasn’t a show primarily targeted at my age range. The majority of those in attendance were elderly, although by no means lacking in enthusiasm for the show – almost everybody was up on their feet and dancing along by the end. With this in mind, I was prepared for a performance that perhaps wasn’t my cup of tea but actually I had a lovely time!
It turns out that I knew quite a few of the songs that were played. Some I had heard remakes of and some had been used in soundtracks of some of my favourite classic chick flicks including Dirty Dancing and Grease. I found myself tapping my feet along to the majority of the songs that were performed, and by the end I was swaying and clapping along with the rest of the audience for the cast’s requested encore.
I haven’t been to see stage shows where the focus is predominantly the music, without much speaking other than a narrative of the band’s history and information on the songs being performed, but it was actually really nice to be able to sit back and enjoy the music.
The set design was simple but effective, portraying the rise in stardom of the band, and the backing singers and dancers were very talented. I enjoyed the songs performed by the trio of female cast members, and found myself wishing I had their wardrobe throughout – especially the gold sparkly dresses worn for the end numbers!
It is worth noting that not all of the songs performed are songs by the band themselves, and as somebody who wasn’t really knowledgeable about their music, it was sometimes a little confusing which songs were just being covered alongside their hits, but I don’t think this took away from the show at all, and in fact I enjoyed some of these songs the most.
I did find the theatre itself a little uncomfortably hot. I am not sure whether there was an issue, or if it was just to do with the sheer number of people in the venue on a rather hot night, but I did feel it impacted my enjoyment a little. I may need to pack a fan for future performances in the venue just in case!
Thank you to BH Live tickets for providing our press tickets for the evening. My nan absolutely loved the show, and I enjoyed it as well. If you would like to attend a performance whilst it is still on in Bournemouth (until this Saturday 3rd August), visit the website to book tickets or call 0300 500 0595.
Tickets were provided for the purpose of this review, however all words are my own.