To the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue for the West End debut of the Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons tribute Big Girls Don’t Cry, touring around the UK for the tenth year.
This is a solid two hours of their songs, beautifully performed as a concert by the tribute group The East Coast Boys, who move, sing and sound like their heroes for Rag Doll, Sherry, Walk Like a Man, Bye Bye Baby, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore), Silence is Golden, Oh, What a Night, My Eyes Adored You, Will You Love Me Tomorrow and dozens more, most of the lovely harmonies enhanced by the strong, soaring and exciting falsetto of East Coast Boy Lee Matthews.
The boys demonstrated just how difficult this style of singing is when they invited their audience to sing Sherry and split them into ladies and gents. Actually for our money the girls were pretty good, mostly hitting the high notes, but us chaps were seriously rubbish. Falsetto, as many will remember, was memorably performed by Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Jeff Lynne of the Electric Light Orchestra, Del Shannon and a few others but Valli was arguably the king.
Big Girls Don’t Cry is staged by Peel Talent and was conceived by the company’s director, Jack Applebaum. For show dates see the website – The East Coast Boys are also bookable for a range of corporate events.