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OH WHAT A NIGHT! A Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons will be on the Sky Centre stage on Nov. 3 after a successful run at the Andy Williams Theatre in Branson, Missouri.
The vintage sounds of Frankie Valli will transport fans back to a simpler musical era during a pair of nostalgic concerts at the Sky Centre on Nov. 3rd.
OH WHAT A NIGHT! A Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, will take the audience on a musical journey to the harmonies of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group. The show features classic hits such as “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Working My Way Back To You Girl” and “My Eyes Adored You”, with the concert showcasing the vintage and ageless sounds of the 60s.
Creative consultant and writer, George Solomon says the sound of the evening harkens back to the doo wop era where performers sang acapella under a streetlight.
"There are some acapella groups happening now, and I think it’s beginning to come back again. I don’t think they’re getting mainstream, you don’t hear them on the radio. It’s a shame that music you hear on the radio is nothing like the music back then. Anybody I talk to, even some of the younger kids and the teens that see it will tell me how much they love that music compared to what’s happening now," Solomon said.
Solomon is admittedly drawn to the Motown era sound, with today's music missing the clarity and the communication in its the lyrics. Plus, there is something unmistakable about the sound of a Frankie Valli hit.
"That’s why we always tell our performers to not sing an American Idol version of the songs. You have to sing the song the way it was. In shows like American Idol, the performers have to do so many vocal gymnastics that I think they lose the melody and the story of the song. I know why they do it, and it’s because they’ll be booted off if they don’t. It’s funny to think that someone like Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin or Frankie Valli or Diana Ross wouldn’t have gotten past round one of American Idol. It really seems that the only way for these vocalists to get to another level, is to pretty much scream their guts out and do everything they can with their voice to show how good their instrument is, as opposed to how good they are at communicating the song."
OH WHAT A NIGHT! A Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons has toured extensively around the world, and its current tour across Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan will have them perform in 17 cities in 21 days.
Solomon was quick to distance this production from the hit broadway musical The Jersey Boys.
Jersey Boys is a fantastic biography of The Four Seasons, but completely different because it’s telling the story and there’s a lot of dialogue, and they’re staying very truthful to the story. It is a very dark story, it’s a heavy story and there’s a lot of language," Solomon explained. "Sometimes people come to us and say 'Gosh, I took my kid to Jersey Boys and I didn’t know it was going to have four letter words', but they were very pleased to find out that ours was a very clean show and nothing like Jersey Boys, other than the similarity of the music. Even at that, we do a lot more songs because we don’t have as much story to tell. We do eight or nine songs that aren’t in Jersey Boys."
Solomon said the appeal of the concert during its extensive touring over the past few years simply comes from the classic nature of the songs.
"I think it’s obviously the music. People go crazy for this music. They love the songs and the songs are so catchy that they are like little three minute masterpieces with great stories. They’re timeless and the harmonies are great as well as the lyrics.
"And I think it’s the way the show was constructed. It’s a very funny show, there’s a lot of comedy banter. There’s a lot of information about Frankie Valli and the songs, but it’s done in a comedic way. Also, the show never stops moving. Every number is a fully choreographed song. Visually, it’s great to watch, it’s a lot of fun, there’s a lot of laughs, and people just adore those songs. Plus, it works for all ages. The show works for a six year old and a 90 year old, because it’s a very family friendly show. There’s no language in the show, it’s something for anyone to enjoy."
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"We have four incredible guys on this Canada tour and I think the audience is going to love them. Each one of them individually is so talented. The group that you have is coming right from the Andy Williams Theatre in Branson, Missouri," Solomon noted.
"I think it’s an all around feel good show. It’s a family friendly show for all ages, with music they absolutely love and remember, with four talented performers who can put them across just great. There’s also such a feeling of fun among the performers and it’s contagious to the audience."