Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Nederlander Concerts is pleased to present Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons at Sacramento Community Center on Sunday, July 30.
Oh, what a story. Frankie Valli, who came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of the Four Seasons, is hotter than ever in the 21st century. Thanks to the volcanic success of the Tony winning musical Jersey Boys, which chronicled the life and times of Frankie and his legendary group, such classic songs as “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” were all the rage all over again. The record breaking Broadway musical, Jersey Boys ended its 11 year run this past January after 4,642 performances.
From 1962 to 1978, Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons sold more than 100 million records (with hits such as: “Let’s Hang On”, “Working My Way Back To You”, “Dawn (Go Away), and “Big Man in Town”), even before the invention of the compact disc prompted Seasons collectors to buy the hits all over again. For decades after their heyday, Frankie and the Seasons continued to be a top concert draw, and radio constantly played their classics, not to mention the new remixes that kept popping up on the charts. In 1990 Frankie and the other original Seasons were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, only five years after the Hall opened for business. Today his record sales are over 175 million.
Frankie has toured almost continuously since 1962, and his songs have been omnipresent in such movies as The Deer Hunter, Dirty Dancing, Mrs. Doubtfire, Conspiracy Theory and The Wanderers. As many as 200 artists have done cover versions of Frankie’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” from Nancy Wilson’s jazz treatment to Lauryn Hill’s hip-hop makeover.
Now in 2017 Frankie Valli shows no signs of slowing down. As his character says at the end of Jersey Boys: “Like that bunny on TV with the battery, I just keep going and going and going.” For as long as he wants to sing, people will want to listen.
- Sunday, Jul 30 Sacramento Community Center Theater