REVIEW: Ryan Molloy Live, The Stage Door, Southampton

OLIVIER nominated Broadway and West End star Ryan Molloy brought the songs of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons direct from Jersey Boys to an intimate Southampton stage.

In a passionate performance, he also delivered a mixture of classic hits and songs from his own musical Che Guevara's Night Off in his first solo show outside London.

Ryan has an ability to make every song sound special and always puts his own unique touch to songs that you have probably heard 100 times on the radio.

Playing the lead role as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys for six years has made him the longest running star in a West End musical. It shows with every number a road of discovery.

A showcase of tribute cover songs for recently deceased music icons David Bowie, Prince and George Michael was a poignant moment.

A spellbound audience were quite clear why Ryan has become one of the best loved musical stars around with the ability to engage a crowd and make them feel part of the show. He leapt off stage, handing the microphone to members of the audience to join in the chorus to George Michael hits Faith and I Want Your Sex.

Ballads written for his own musical Che Guevara's Night Off were full of emotion.

Ryan was supported by a young talented band that were enlisted especially for the show.

The might was a huge success with the audience begging for more.

Steve Miller