Music spectacular to kick off in Bunbury

Emily AceSouth Western Times

An exciting musical journey through the career of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons will explode onto the stage of the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre tomorrow night to liven up the post long weekend blues.

Bunbury will be the first to experience the vibrant music spectacular New Jersey Nights, with the cast arriving direct from London to kick off the national tour.

The show will include all the greatest hits, with performances of Sherry, Rag Doll, Walk Like A Man and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You sure to have the audience on its feet.

With a sensational cast of award winning West End singers and dancers backed by a live band, it is no surprise the show smashed box office records across the USA and UK.

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Ricky Rojas, who plays one of the Franki Valli roles, said the show was unlike any other paying tribute to the legendary group.

“Fans can expect a massive celebration of the music of Franki Valli and The Four Seasons,” he said.

“People often think it will be like Jersey Boys but it does differ from it quite a bit.

“Where Jersey Boys is all about the story of how they got together, the performers play separate characters and they only do snippets of the songs because there is so much to get through, our show is a celebration of music where we all share the lead of Franki Valli.”

In New Jersey Nights, four talented singers share the spotlight, while injecting their own personality into each number.

“In the show I am Ricky and the other guys is Josh – we are all ourselves and we sing the songs in their entirety,” he said.

“We have eight dancers and a band as well – so we have the sparkle.”

Rojas embarks on the tour backed by 20 years of musical theatre experience, with the Sydney-born performer making his big break at 20 years old.

His first gig in the Buddy Holly Story had the vocalist touring around the nation, taking off to Singapore and New Zealand and eventually landing on the stages of the West End.

“I love performing because you get an instant reaction from the audience,” he said.

“You really feed off the buzz that you get and it really makes a difference to the show as well.

“Luckily with this show you get a great audience reaction because the songs and the material is so good – we are spoilt.”

Rojas said the show translates across all ages and was truly a production which would leave everyone in the family with a smile on their face.

“If people have any preconceived notion about the music, that it just appeals to one age group, this show breaks it,” he said.

“I see kids in the audience really loving the music and really identifying with the songs.”

Tickets to the show are available from the BREC Box Office or at www.bunburyentertainment.com/whats-on/new-jersey-nights/

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