Celebrate the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons with Frankie’s Guys, presented by Sweeney Entertainments.
This fast-paced, energetic production brings the talented foursome to theatres across the UK to relive an era of timeless classic hits. The group is currently touring the UK and they will be at the Thameside Theatre on Friday 20th September 2019. The Enquirer met up with cast member Deiniol Black for a chat.
Tell me a bit about the show, ‘Frankie’s Guy’s’.
“It’s a celebration of the music of Frankie Valli. It’s more like a concert then an actual tribute band, more like a performance of a boy band like Take That or JLS. We also sing other songs from the 1960s, not just the work of Frankie. It’s all about audience participation; we encourage the audience to not bring their tissues, but their dancing shoes!”
Where has been your favourite place to perform?
“Oh that’s a good question; I would say our Irish tour was my favourite place, especially Dublin, as we got such a great reaction there. We started off at Lowestoft and that was a great reaction as well.”
Are you looking forward to performing at the Thameside theatre?
“Yeah, we’ve played there twice before and the audience were really lively and just great.”
What inspired your passion of music and Frankie Valli?
“Well it all started about 5/6 years ago. We [the other members of Frankie’s boys] went to see a production of the Jersey Boys and we collectively agreed that the music was excellent. We were surprised at how many songs we already knew. I think mainly because the Frankie Valli’s songs are so timeless, even in this day and age and people are still making remixes and covers and enjoying his music today.”
What is your position in the band?
“I am one of the cast members in the band. I also produce and manage the band and every now and then I revamp the set list and/or choreography.”
Do you find touring fun?
“Yes touring is really fun, I love travelling and of course this is one of the perks of the job. In the past we’ve travelled to places like Australia and Alaska!
But the downside of travelling all the time is that we all miss our family members as we get little time to see them. But I’m still grateful for the life I’ve been given. “
Have you got anything else planned for 2019/2020?
“Yes, we are continuing our tour at the moment and in late October we will be doing a tour in Ireland. We have got several cruise ship shows lined up as well.”
Since you’re playing at the Thameside, do you have any links with Essex?
“Yes actually, our lead singer lives in Chelmsford and he’s also done Broadway shows in the past like Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat and he’s also in Nativity later on this year.”
Do you have any acting credits/ what shows have you done in the past?
“We’ve all done many shows like Joseph, Mamma Mia, and Hairspray and more recently 9 to 5.”
What, in your opinion, is the best thing about performing live?
“Personally, the best thing for me about performing is the reactions we get from the audience because it’s just so uplifting. I love the fact that we get to take the audience back in time to when they were young or whenever they first enjoyed Frankie. Its lovely seeing how much his songs mean to so many people.”
Finally, do you have any advice for young people looking to get into the musical theatre industry?
“Well first of all I would say that it’s a very competitive industry. My main advice is that you just must keep going, go to art schools or theatre troupes and get trained up as that’s really important in getting a job later on. There will be many setbacks but you just have to stay positive and just keep going!
With slick choreography, charm, charisma, brilliant audience participation, amazing live vocals and a great live band, it’s clear to see why Frankie’s Guys are receive standing ovations all over the world. So Walk Like a Man and get your tickets for this nostalgic and highly entertaining evening with Frankie’s Guys. To book tickets call the Thameside Theatre box office at 0345 300 5264 or book online at www.thurrock.gov.uk/events/frankies-guys.”