15
Jun
13

4 Seasons in One Night Starring Bobby Fox

4 Seasons in 1 Night Starring Bobby Fox

The Noosa Long Weekend Festival

Bobby Fox

The J Theatre

14th & 15th June 2013

 

 Reviewed by Xanthe Coward

 

 

Wow! Bobby Fox is a superb showman and a true gentleman.

 

 

Bobby Fox. Image by Kurt Sneddon.

One of the hardest working, and nicest guys in Aussie showbiz, Irish-born Bobby Fox stopped by The J Theatre in Noosa last night to perform his show 4 Seasons in 1 Night for the Noosa Long Weekend Festival opening night celebration. If you can steal still get tickets online for tonight’s encore performance DO IT!

 

Bobby Fox is outstanding.

 

Following the fun and formalities of the official launch, including flowing drinks and delicate canapés, as well as the obligatory social pics (check out The Sunday Mail, Noosa News and The Noosa Long Weekend Festival Facebook page), a well-dressed capacity crowd headed downstairs and into The J Theatre for a night of broad smiles, toe-tapping, and singing and dancing in the aisles.

 

The super talented and mischievous Bobby Fox turned on the charm and won over the opening night audience even as he made his entrance onto The J stage, and made his mark on the well known, much loved songs of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, made all the more popular, all over again, by the success of the award-winning smash hit musical Jersey Boys.

 

Macquarie Noosa Long Weekend Festival Day 1 4 Seasons in 1 Night Bobby Fox © 2013 Barry Alsop Eyes Wide Open IMAGES

Bobby was handpicked by Franki Valli to play Franki Valli so we always knew he’d be convincing in the role, both vocally and physically. However, this is not simply a tribute show, or a nostalgic “this is what I sang then” kinda’ show, although there is a more than a hint of nostalgia to the performance, since Bobby had the time of his life being involved in the show and generously shares intimate details about his hard work and perspective throughout the incredible journey. In fact, 4 Seasons in 1 Night cleverly pieces together just about the entire creative process of a performer, from pre-audition ambition, to determining when might be the right time to leave the show and move on. Of course it’s fascinating to performers and non-performers alike. Bobby tells all as if we were comfortably sitting around, down at the cosy local together (although, it’s no longer Irish themed, is it, that pub on the corner?). The patter is therefore pretty seamless, giving us plenty of laughs and insight into life as a Jersey Boy.

 

With the unwavering support of a slick band, and the impressive vocals of Josie Lane and Tom Sharah, Bobby’s show runs smoothly and quickly through a catalogue of hits, to which most of which the audience enjoy singing along. It was the reprise of Oh What a Night that got ‘em up dancing in the aisles, which is a rare sight in Noosa. But when a performer is so polished and relaxed on stage, even in the most impossible skinny black neoprene pants – Bobby sprayed them on during interval – you can’t help but go along for the ride.

 

Macquarie Noosa Long Weekend Festival Day 1 4 Seasons in 1 Night Bobby Fox © 2013 Barry Alsop Eyes Wide Open IMAGES

Bobby has all the moves, and now that he no longer has to commit to merely (and I don’t mean merely as in there is little effort to the task, quite the contrary, obviously), impersonating Franki Valli, he can sing the songs his way. His falsetto is strong and self-assured, as you must expect, and his lower register is just gorgeous. Actually, look, Bobby is just gorgeous. With a Robbie Williams Swing When You’re Winning thing going on, and a knack for connecting instantly with audience members as part of his showmanship, it was no surprise to see Bobby swamped by fans with iPhones in their hands right after the show, which he loved! And we loved!

 

Thanks to Barry Alsop (Eyes Wide Open Images), the Festival Photographer, you can see even better pics now than you will have seen at the time, on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Macquarie Noosa Long Weekend Festival Day 1 4 Seasons in 1 Night Bobby Fox © 2013 Barry Alsop Eyes Wide Open IMAGES

This is one of the best aspects of The Noosa Long Weekend Festival- the stage door comes to you. That’s right. Head to the bar after a show at The J and in the short time it takes to get a drink, the artists are bound to appear and enjoy a chat with you. Bobby’s generousity after a stellar performance absolutely sealed the deal for me – Bobby Fox is winning in Noosa.

 

The bar has been set high with one of the best launch events The Noosa Long Weekend has ever seen. The J Theatre has never looked and sounded better, and all augers well for a spectacular festival!

TODAY:

Saturday 15th June at the Festival

Ifilmaking workshops, Ramona Koval literary event, Creative Writing workshop, Circa Zoo’s show ‘Wonderland’, One Act Play Festival, Show me the Magic Don McAlpine documentary, China Forum, The Flinders Quartet and the second performance of Bobby Fox (of Jersey Boys Australia & Hot Shoe Shuffle fame!) Tickets www.noosalongweekend.com or door sales at The J.

 

Images by Festival Photographer Barry Alsop Eyes Wide Open IMAGES

 

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