Bobby Fox's life changed the moment he first saw Jersey Boys on Broadway. A year later, and his life changed once again, when he won the coveted role of Frankie Valli in the Australian production of the mega hit musical.
In tribute to the success and influence of Jersey Boys the musical and the music, Bobby Fox delivered 4 Seasons in 1 Night to an adoring crowd at the Adelaide Festival Centre.
Accompanied by a four-piece band that created a fantastic big sound, as well as three (male) back-up singers, affectionately referred to as his Spice Boys, Fox gave an insight, often hilarious, into the preparation of the musical and it's tour around Australia.
Inspired enormously by the style and feel of Jersey Boys the Musical, this was a slick musical production in its own right. More concert than cabaret, the stage and the performance was brought to life by an impressive lighting design, great band, exciting and precise choreography and the talents and personality of an Irish Australian who proved that he has matured as a performer since that splashy premiere in Melbourne in 2009. Vocally Fox is even more impressive than when he starred in the musical, easily switching to falsetto throughout the performance.
All the hit songs that you would expect are included: Sherry, Oh What a Night!, Walk Like a Man, Can't Take My Eyes Off You and more. These are given the Jersey Boys treatment with a little of the Fox interpretation merged in.
The anecdotes are all interesting and mostly humorous, with the audience just as eager to hear the insights as to experience the joy of Bob Goudio's songs.
Fox allows one of his own compositions, All My Days, to leave the crowd with the feeling that there's a lot more to come from this talented performer.
4 Seasons in 1 Night is a total crowd-pleaser. Jersey Boys (the musical) fans will love this show. Four Seasons fans will love this show. And anyone who enjoys a great night out enjoying a sophisticated performance, will no doubt also love this show. The rousing standing ovation at the finale said it all.
2016 Adelaide Cabaret Festival
4 Seasons in 1 Night
Venue: Dunstan Playhouse | Adelaide Festival Centre SA
Dates: 10 – 12 Jun 2016
Tickets: $59.90 – $39.90