Move over, Frankie Valli: celebrated reunion of beloved band to be turned into true rock theater.
Felix Cavaliere has announced that Once Upon a Dream, the Rascals’ reunion concert and multimedia show produced and directed by Steven Van Zandt, is Broadway bound. (Go here to read the BLURT review of the Dec. 13 concert in Port Chester, NY.)
He said this from the stage at a solo concert Saturday night (Feb. 9) at the Fairfield Community Arts Centers’ theater in Ohio, near Cincinnati. “I’m happy to announce it’s going to be on Broadway. We’re going there — yeah!,” he said. “And then I hope it will come around the U.S. and you can come see the old guys still rock ‘n’ rollin.'”
Once Upon a Dream was mounted for a short December run — to ecstatic reviews — at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y. In addition to reuniting the four original Rascals — one of the biggest rock bands to come out of New York/New Jersey in the 1960s — or their first public concerts in some 40 years, Van Zandt ‘s Once Upon a Dream combined the appearance with filmed vignettes with members, filmed reenactments of their stories (with younger actors), and a massive sound-and-light show on a 50-foot-screen. The Rascals — singer/organist Cavaliere, singer Eddie Brigati, guitarist Gene Cornish and drummer Dino Danelli — sang and superbly played hits from throughout their career: “Good Lovin,'” “Groovim,'” “People Got to Be Free,” “How Can I Be Sure,” “See,” “Come on Up” and more.
(First reported for Blurt, http://www.blurt-online.com, on Feb. 11, 2013