Review: Big Girls Don’t Cry, Ipswich Regent, April 23

Big Girls Don't Cry at the Ipswich Regent

Big Girls Don't Cry at the Ipswich Regent - Credit: Archant

The critically acclaimed stage show featuring the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons has been working it’s way back to you across the UK.

It features hits from the 1960s and 1970s including number one hits Sherry, December 1963 (Oh What A Night), Walk Like a Man and many more.

It’s been a long time since the Regent has roared with laughter and almost been brought to tears with the incredible talents of the four Jersey boys who play Frankie Valli, Bob Gudio, Tommy de Vito and Nick Massi.

The recent hit movie has propelled their songs back in to the limelight and with the stage musical doing so well it was hard to know what to expect of this show.

To say it felt like 1963 again is an understatement. The outstanding falsetto’s which made the Four Seasons so well known emanated again in this tour and there was no fault to be found in the harmonies.

Comedy is involved and they did well to mention local knowledge, including the Suffolk-Norwich rivalry and the delights on offer on Ipswich High Street such as Primark and Greggs. One lucky fan even got her debut as Marlene while being serenaded on stage.

Everyone from young to old will enjoy this show. One five-year-old spent the entire night boogying in the aisles next to her grandmother. There was not a dull moment and if you think you don’t know the songs just take a look at the back catalogue.

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Show producer Michael Taylor said: “Big Girls Don’t Cry showcases Frankie’s incredible falsettos and features solo hits that range from the exuberant rock ‘n’ roll nostalgia of Grease to the spine-tingling show-stealers such as My Eyes Adored You. Fans attending will never be more than a song away from another classic hit.”

He couldn’t be more correct. You’ll be getting goosebumps as you sing along to this amazing production. Keep your ears out for Silence is Golden, a hit for the Tremelos in the UK but originally performed by the Four Seasons. It will transcend your heart to another dimension. Oh what a night indeed.

Mira Shareif