Thursday night was an amazing reminder of how lucky we are. It's not something we forget but in the middle of hectic working weeks we sometimes forget to take a step back and appreciate the fact that we live in one of the most amazing cities in the world.
We have both always loved London in the summer - it seems to come alive with the lighter, warmer evenings and people seem more interested in having a good time than running to the nearest warm covered place. Thursday night was thankfully one of those warmer evenings.
Superbreaks had asked us to review Jersey Boys for them and having seen the show with my (Sarah's) mum last year we jumped at the opportunity. Seeing the show with my Mum had meant I was worried about her having a good time and looking out for her. Thursday was all about Laura and I.
We met in Piccadilly Circus, after taking various buses from our work locations, and grabbed a bite to eat on Shaftesbury Avenue. As the Prince Edward theatre (where the show is on) is so central in Soho, we had time to enjoy dinner and still get there at 7.
I am one of those people who hates being late but together Laura and I are always late! It's strange as Laura too hates being late and it's never intentional. In fact, we would both rather be early that late, it just never works out that way. I digress - we wanted to be there for 7, even though the show didn't start till 7:30 so we could check out the theatre.
The theatres in London are all so different and as we had sat in the balcony last time we only really saw down to the stage - still a great view of the show mind you! This time the seats we had were in the boxes - well kinda boxes - they were separate seats at the front of the dress circle. They were like being front row with the best view. We felt like the actors were looking right at us - it was incredible!
And what a show to see up close, in fact see from anywhere! From the opening line to the closing song we were on a rollercoaster - in a good way! Without ruining the show too much - the story is based on the true events of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons- the highs, lows and drama from their creation to induction into the Rock and Roll hall of fame - and so you go from celebrating their successes to tearing up over the breakdowns.
We sang our hearts out the whole way through!
We were a little afraid that the gentleman we were sat next to might find us distracting / annoying / crazy but we chatted to him beforehand and when he told us this was 5th time seeing the show we warned him that we may not be able to resist singing and he said that was fine. In fact he was so kind that when he disappeared to get an interval drink he came back we the show's soundtrack and greatest Hits of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on CD for us! His kindness overwhelmed me to the point of tears. Only a little bit embarrassing!
It was a great end to an amazing evening. We hadn't heard much about Superbreaks previously but the way it was organised, the seats and the communication was all first class so we will make sure to use them next time we book something. If you are heading to London any time soon and want to check them out - the Jersey Boys the page is here: http://www.superbreak.
Thank you Superbreaks and Jersey Boys!