Jersey Boys review

The lead cast of Jersey Boys performing in Brisbane, from left, Declan Egan, Anthony Harkin, Dion Bilios and Glaston Toft.
The lead cast of Jersey Boys performing in Brisbane, from left, Declan Egan, Anthony Harkin, Dion Bilios and Glaston Toft. Jeff Busby, QPAC publicity

NEW Jersey - it's the American state which gave us Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi.

But arguably the best thing to come out of Jersey was '60s pop music group The Four Seasons.

The four Italian boys from the "old neighbourhood" went from dingy lounge bars and petty crimes all the way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Their story came back to life last Sunday night at the opening of Jersey Boys.

It was Queensland's turn to be bowled over by the four talented lead actors who came to Brisbane on the back of a record-breaking season in Auckland.

The award-winning musical tells the story of Frankie Valli and the original Four Seasons - founding member Tommy DeVito, bass vocalist Nick Massi and songwriter Bob Gaudio.

The Auckland and Brisbane shows include several changes from the original Melbourne cast, such as young talent Declan Egan in his professional theatre debut as Gaudio and Anthony Harken as volatile DeVito.

On opening night former Ten Tenor Graham Foote played Valli, a role he shares with Dion Bilios.

After seeing Bilios in Auckland, I can say that Foote does just as much justice to Valli's trademark falsetto.

The jukebox musical is both joyous and sobering as it charts the formation, evolution and reinvention of one of the bestselling music groups of all time.

It's hard not to sing along to hits like Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry and Can't Take My Eyes Off You, although I found it easier to mouth the words rather than try to hit Valli's high notes.

There are plenty of laughs, as well as a few tears, but the majority of the show is devoted to the Four Seasons' catchy chart toppers.

If only modern-day New Jersey could produce another super group like the Four Seasons, rather than the reality TV train wreck that is Jersey Shore.

Jersey Boys plays QPAC's Lyric Theatre Tuesdays through Sundays until September 16.

Tickets start from $60. To book go to

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