Watched Jersey Boys the Musical!
Having only attended musical theatres set in the older eras, I was not a huge fan of the relatively-modern Jersey Boys. I also didnâ€™t know that the massive Broadway production was coming to Malaysia until just weeks before the beginning of the show.
Nonetheless, staying just five minutes away from Istana Budaya where the performance was held, I got two tickets anyway!
The tickets were extraordinarily expensive, with the cheapest seats selling at RM283 each and these were the ones at the back corners of the upper circle. Stalls (even those at the back) go for RM500 and above. My usual MPO tickets cost approx. RM200 for a pretty good seat.
Luckily, I managed to get a 50% discount on the RM383 seats, which were more than decent!
Three days before the show, I walked from my office in Jalan Tun Razak to get my tickets from Istana Budaya. I was also fortunate enough to be able to speak to the people from the production company that brought in the musical!
The crewâ€™s enthusiasm was inspiring, and I was very glad to hear that they are working hard to bring in more original West End and Broadway shows to Malaysia!
I also got to know that the production was performing an edited version (without profanity) in Malaysia, which was slightly amusing. My guess is that this was a requirement by the ultra-paranoid government of Malaysia, but oh wellâ€¦ itâ€™s gonna be in Istana Budaya, what was I expecting?
The performance was great, the music inspiring, and the cast just wonderful.
Being a newbie to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in general, I was unfamiliar to most of the songs in Jersey Boys save a handful of really popular ones like My Eyes Adored You, Begginâ€™, Oh what a Night, and the legendary Canâ€™t Take My Eyes Off of You.
The opening of Ces soirÃ©es-lÃ was bursting with energy and the awesome cast basically kept us all hooked till the very end!
This was no opera performance and you would not expect the singers to impress you with impossibly high pitches and stunning vibratos. Instead of a full orchestra, the music relied on guitars, pianos, keyboards, and drums. It was a very different type of musical than the traditional ones. But it was nonetheless pretty awesome.
I hadnâ€™t had an existing opinion on many of the songs so it was a privilege to evaluate them by first impression.
Except for the famous ones that Iâ€™d already known, Sherry, Dawn (Go Away) and Who Loves You left me a fantastic impression. However, in the end I found myself uncannily falling in love in Fallen Angel. The song somehow connected to me at that moment.
I am glad that I did not miss this great production being performed in my own country. Letâ€™s hope that our Malaysian organizers work harder to bring in more.View More