Oh What a Night! Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons to play Kirby Center
Source: John LeachThe Four Seasons & Frankie Valli hits live Sherry, Rag Doll, Walk
WILKES-BARRE — The original Jersey boys are coming to Wilkes-Barre on June 2.
The F.M. Kirby Center is excited to announce that Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons are working their way back to Wilkes-Barre and will visit the theater for a one-night-only performance on June 2 at 8 p.m.
Tickets will go on-sale beginning on March 17 at 10 a.m. and are available online at kirbycenter.org, at the Kirby Box Office and charge by phone at 570-826-1100. A Kirby Member pre-sale begins March 15 at 10 a.m. Ticket prices are $66, $86, and $122, plus fees.
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 chronicles the life and times of Valli 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” are all the rage all over again.
With the musical now in its seventh blockbuster year on Broadway, and five other casts performing Jersey Boys nightly from Las Vegas to London, the real Frankie Valli is also packing venues around the world.
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons had 71 chart hits — including 40 in the Top 40, 19 in the Top 10 and eight No. 1’s. Their 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.
In all, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons have sold more than 100 million records and have enjoyed 71 chart hits, including 40 in the Top 40, 19 in the Top 10 and eight No. 1’s. Even amid the disco era, the Four Seasons hit it big as “Who Loves You” which reached No. 3 in 1975, and “December 1963 (Oh, What a Night) became a No. 1 record in 1976.
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.
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