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Jersey Boys – The Playhouse, Edinburgh

Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Music: Bob Gaudio Lyrics: Bob Crewe Director: Des McAnuff Reviewer: Gareth Davies Comparatively few bands have had the dubious pleasure of seeing their back catalogue of hits plundered for a jukebox musical. Abba, most famously, popularised the trend with Mamma Mia!, and We Will Rock You, the Queen musical, proved you could spin a ...

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Jersey Boys – Palace Theatre,Manchester

Music: Bob Gaudio Lyrics: Bob Crewe Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Director: Des McAnuff Reviewer: Helen Jones Jersey Boys tells the story of how the group The Four Seasons came to be, their success and eventual break-up of the founding members with Frankie Valli going on to front a band of new members. Starting in New Jersey where Tommy Devito, ...

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Jersey Boys – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Music: Bob Gaudio Lyrics: Bob Crewe Director: Des McAnuff Reviewer: Clare White Four young men, four stories and one incredible musical legacy. Award-winning musical Jersey Boys tells the story of 1960s supergroup The Four Seasons, from their humble beginnings on the tough streets of New Jersey to the band’s induction into the Rock and ...

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Jersey Boys – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writers: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Musical Director: Ron Melrose Director: Des McAnuff Reviewer: Jim Gillespie The band may have come from the wrong side of the tracks, but musically, the tracks created by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons could scarcely have been righter. 16 US top 40 hits between 1962-64, countless cover versions since then, 175 million records ...

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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 – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Des McAnuff Book: Marshall Brickman / Rick Elice Music / Lyrics: Bob Gaudio / Bob Crewe Reviewer: Helen Tope If you had to place a bet on how Jersey Boys begins, I would imagine a French rap would not figure at the top of your list. A startling opening for a jukebox musical, Jersey Boys declares its point of ...

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Dirty Dancing – Blackpool Opera House

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Director: Russ Spencer Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen It captured the hearts of the nation back in the 80s, and it is still captivating audiences today. Dirty Dancing is a classic coming-of-age tale, which has been reimagined for the stage by the film's original and talented writer Eleanor Bergstein and resident director Russ Spencer. The beauty of this story ...

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Dirty Dancing – The Grand, Leeds

Writer:  Eleanor Bergstein           Director: Federico Bellone Music Supervisor: Conrad Helfrich Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Everyone associates Dirty Dancing with the 1987 film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey; many certainly consider it as ‘the classic story’, with the stage production making its debut in 2004.  Dirty Dancing is currently embarking on a new national 2016/17 Tour. It’s the summer of 1963, ...

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