Living loud with Liezel: A taste of ‘Jersey Boys’ before it hits Cape Town

Living loud with Liezel: A taste of ‘Jersey Boys’ before it hits Cape Town
By Liezel van der Westhuizen

By Liezel van der Westhuizen

After weeks of hearing only good reviews about ‘Jersey Boys’, I couldn’t wait any longer to see it. So on a recent trip to Johannesburg I decided to head out to Monte Casino for dinner and the show with my family.
The evening started with dinner at a restaurant in Monte Casino called Coco Bongo. As you step into Coco Bongo’s you feel as if you are in a tropical paradise with its exotic décor, tantalizing aromas and sensual Latino sounds. Their menu offers a variety of dishes with house specialties such as succulent seafood platters, and a variety of meat options. I was immediately impressed with the brilliant service from our waiter.

Coco Bongo’s menu says they specialise in steaks, so we all went for that option, which left us a little disappointed. On the bonus side the chocolate mousse dessert was the best I’d ever tasted. Since moving to Cape Town, I haven’t been to Monte Casino in over three years, so we decided to look around before heading to the theatre. Montecasino is a themed shopping centre, hotel complex, casino, movie theatre and bird park all rolled into one old Italian piazza.

The Johannesburg run of ‘Jersey Boys’ is showing at the Teatro Theatre within Monte Casino. This runaway worldwide smash hit musical tells the true real-life story of how four kids from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the greatest successes in pop music history.

The Four Seasons, with members Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records globally – all before they were 30! ‘Jersey Boys’, winner of the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical and winner of the Best Musical Tony Award on Broadway, in London and Australia features their hit songs ‘Sherry’, ‘Big Girls Don`t Cry’, ‘Rag Doll’, ‘Oh What a Night’ and ‘Can`t Take My Eyes Off You’.
Even if you don’t know of the Four Seasons, the show is incredible and you will be singing along to the lyrics. Don`t miss the international phenomenon that continues to break box office records in cities across America and in Australia. It opens at Artscape in Cape Town on the June 19.