Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons began a limited run on Broadway on October 19, 2012. Only seven performances will take place, and they are set to run through October 27 at the Broadway Theatre in New York City.
Fans of the long-time music group are in for a treat, with a night full of both the group and Valli’s solo music hits. Songs include: “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby Goodbye),” “Working My Way Back To You,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You,” “Who Loves You,” and “Decemeber ’63 (Oh What A Night)”.
“I am honored to have been able to spend my life doing what I love to do,” said Valli in an earlier statement according to Playbill.com. “I’ve performed around the world in every size theater imaginable, but it has always been my dream to play Broadway.”
“Jersey Boys”, a Tony award-winning Broadway musical, is currently open. The musical was based upon Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The musical tells the story off the group’s rise to fame and has run on Broadway for over seven years. On the opening night of the Broadway concert, Valli mentioned how honored he felt to be performing just a short walk away from the musical’s theatre.
It has been 50 years since the musical group’s first album was released, and the weeklong Broadway show was created to celebrate the group’s success. Valli, now 78 years old, hits the stage with pure joy, entertaining fans for more than two hours straight. Much of the spotlight shines on Valli throughout the show, but each of his supporting vocalists is featured with their own solos.
USA Today wrote of the performance with excellent remarks. “At the start, Valli assured the crowd that he and the current incarnation of the Four Seasons would cover ‘as many of the hits as we possibly can,’ and he did not disappoint. The set opened with a buoyant performance of his last chart-topping smash, the theme from the 1978 film version of Grease; it then dipped back to encompass everything from early singles to disco-era classics and other Valli solo favorites, notably ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,’ which he dedicated to the audience.
“It took two to three years to get this together,” Valli told the New York Daily News, “We had to find the right people to promote it… It’s never been done that someone has had a play about themselves on Broadway, and then they played Broadway at the same time.”
With only four performance dates remaining, tickets are selling quickly. Valli and the Four Seasons will take the stage: Wednesday October 23 at 7 p.m., Thursday October 24 at 7 p.m., and Friday October 26 at 8p.m., and one final performance on Saturday October 27 at 8p.m.
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons is presented by Robert Aherns, Eva Price, Manny Kladitis and Jason Store. Tickets for the remaining performances are currently available to the general public.