A hit musical watched by more than 23 million people around the world is back in Sheffield again.
Jersey Boys tells the story of four American lads from the wrong side of the tracks who went on to become Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, one of the biggest-selling bands of all time.
They invented their own unique sound with Frankie’s trademark falsetto vocals, were inducted in to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and became one of the most successful bands ever in pop history.
Their story began in the 1960s and went on into their revival in the disco years.
With performances of all of their hits, including Beggin’, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man, Let’s Hang On (To What We’ve Got) and December, 1963 (Oh What A Night), Jersey Boys is the true life story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
It doesn’t pull any punches, looking at the the band’s run-ins with the mob and the heartaches they went through, as well as the triumphs and the music.
Darlington-born actor Matt Corner, who stars as Frankie Valli, said that taking on one of the highest singing voices in musical theatre full-time is a dream come true.
“I’ve been doing two shows a week as the alternate Frankie and luckily I was cast again as the lead, which I was very excited about. It’s such a booster for me, career-wise,” he said.
“It’s never a given that because you play the alternate you’ll play the lead. You have to re-audition again.
“It doesn’t always happen and I feel very lucky they deemed me worthy of the role,” he said.
Original band members Frankie and songwriter Bob Gaudio have played a hands-on role in the musical.
Matt said: “I had a session on Skype with Bob where I sang all the material and I actually met Frankie. I went to see him in his own show in Glasgow.
“It was totally surreal to meet the guy who I live and breathe on stage.
“When I met him I knew I was taking over the lead, so it was perfect timing. He told me all these anecdotes about growing up.
“It’s amazing that at 81 he’s still singing, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet someone like that.
“He and Bob are very passionate about the show and they feel it’s a completely accurate depiction of the story of their lives.
“Bob has written all of the songs, it’s his life’s work, and he has a big sense of ownership and wants to keep it right.”
Jersey Boys continues its run in Sheffield until October 17. Box office: call 0114 249 6000 or go to www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk