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Jersey Boys – Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Music: Bob Gaudio Lyrics: Bob Crewe Director: Des McAnuff Reviewer: David Robinson The gritty story of the unlikely quartet from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey is not your usual shiny and stain-free jukebox musical offering. It’s a real-life tale of how these four problematic pals created some of the most ...

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Jersey Boys – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Director: Des McAnuff Writer: Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice Choreographer: Sergio Trujillo Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald The rise and fall of four unlikely stars from Jersey is well documented, yet few know the real story of how Frankie Castelluccio and his questionable chums became one of the most recognisable quartets in music. So who better to tell the tale than the ...

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Jersey Boys – Empire Theatre Liverpool

Music: Bob Gaudio Lyric: Bob Crewe Book: Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice Director: Des McAnuff Reviewer: Daryl Holden In this day and age, there are so many different tastes for the theatre that it’s rare to find something that builds up a true following by almost everyone. Even rarer then, is to find something that lives up to said hype. ...

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Jersey Boys – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Director: Des McAnuff Music: Bob Gaudio Reviewer: Clare White Oh, what a night, late December back in, well, 2017 – award-winning musical Jersey Boys premières its second national tour at the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham. Since opening on Broadway in 2002, the acclaimed musical has been seen and loved by over 25 million ...

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The Who’s Tommy – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Three young men dancing in front of a statue

Music & Lyrics: Pete Townsend Book: Pete Townsend & Des McAnuff Additional Music & Lyrics: John Entwistle & Keith Moon Director: Kerry Michael Reviewer:  John Kennedy Described as the Rock Musical reborn for a new generation there may well be a smattering of the My Generation here tonight who heard it first time round. The essential summertime news circulating in 1969 was that The Who were ...

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The Who’s Tommy – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Three young men dancing in front of a statue

Music & Lyrics: Pete Townsend Book: Pete Townsend & Des McAnuff Additional Music & Lyrics: John Entwistle & Keith Moon Director: Kerry Michael Musical Director: Robert Hyman Reviewer: Glen Pearce The Who’s Tommy has always been something of a concept for directors to mould into their own. Sadly though concept doesn't always translate into form. Pete Townsend’s rock opera was ...

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Jersey Boys – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writers: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Director: Des McAnuff Music: Bob Gaudio Reviewer: Clare White   Award winning musical Jersey Boys rock 'n rolled into Wolverhampton's Grand Theatre for a night of smash hits and high jinks. Set in New Jersey in 1962, Jersey Boys tells the rags to riches story of four young boys from the wrong side of ...

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Jersey Boys – Opera House, Manchester

Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Music: Bob Gaudio Lyrics: Bob Crewe Director: Des McAnuf Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen Oh, what a night! Late October here in 2015, an audience raised the roof at Manchester Opera House following a showing of the acclaimed touring production Jersey Boys. However, despite the warm reception, this is a production that takes a while to ...

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