If you’ve ever seen the Broadway musical “Jersey Boys,” the story of the Four Seasons, you might ask yourself, how cool would it be to see the actual original members of the Four Seasons perform the show? Another set of Jersey boys, the Rascals, have answered that question. With “Once Upon A Dream,” the Rascals tell their history by combining a live concert with a Broadway show. For five performances, the Rascals will present their multimedia event at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix from Oct. 14-20, 2013.
To the casual classic music fan, the names Eddie Brigati, Felix Cavaliere, Gene Cornish and Dino Danelli sound more like characters found in “The Sopranos,” than members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Yet within a little more than a two year period, those four individuals were responsible for three number one Billboard Top Singles and two more songs that cracked the top four. Even if the group name Rascals only sounds vaguely familiar (they started out being called the Young Rascals), it’s highly likely you’ve swayed, danced and sang to their music.
With songs like “Good Lovin,’ ” “Groovin,’” “How Can I Be Sure,” “A Beautiful Morning,” and “People Got To Be Free,” the Rascals took their blue eyed soul sound and not only dominated the late 1960’s radio airwaves, but penned classic songs that are recognizable forty five years later. Now, for the first time in over 40 years, the original Rascals have regrouped and are performing live.
With the help of another Jersey boy, “The Sopranos” and E Street Band member, Steven Van Zandt, who is producing and directing the show and lighting/projection wizard, Marc Brickman (Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, Blue Man Group) “Once Upon A Dream,” compliments a Rascal’s live concert with news footage, interviews and even filmed scenes with actors enacting key moments in the Rascal’s history. It is more than just a concert. It is a history lesson with the historians playing the songs that made them famous.
Shows are scheduled for the evenings of Oct. 14, 16, 18, 19 and 20. Tickets are available now through Ticketmaster. Ticket prices run from VIP seating of $250 to $59, plus fees. Additional information can be obtained through the Danny Zelisko Presents website.