Eastbourne Bandstand becomes Rydell High on prom night with entertainment from the Ragdolls, a reincarnation of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, writes John Mclean
Tonight’s (Friday June 19) Jersey Boys quartet enter the stage wearing customary matching blue suits and ties.
They open appropriately with ‘Rag Doll’ and get people on their feet early for ‘December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)’, ‘Dawn (Go Away)’ and ‘Oh! Carol’. During ‘Sherry’ a bearded Frankie splits the crowd and has us competing for the high notes.
The boys move from Doo Wop into Rock’n’roll with a few covers including ‘Teenager in Love’ and ‘Why Do Fools Fall in Love’. We’re taken on a journey back to the sixties with hits like ‘Working My Way Back To You’, ‘Hang on!’ and ‘Walk Like A Man’. The dance floor is packed for ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’, ‘Grease’, ‘Grease Lightning’ and ‘Do You Love Me’. ‘Beggin’ prompts a costume change and the set ends with Valli’s solo hit ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You’.
The Ragdolls pull it off with their synchronised choreography and harmonised vocals but the American accents need a little tweaking. Frankie is the star of the show with his falsetto voice. All in all it’s a warm hearted experience and well executed tribute by The Ragdolls.