And they’ll almost certainly sell it out again. “We loved the Dr. Phillips Center,” says Valli of his most recent local performance. “It’s a beautiful theater with fantastic sound.” Audiences love Valli in part because his - bered era. Anyone born shortly after World War II would have heard Valli’s hits on crackling car radios and malt-shop jukeboxes. (On Happy Days, the ’60s-themed sitcom, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” frequently played on the jukebox at Arnold’s Diner.) Valli’s fans include other musical legends. Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees (who wrote “Grease”) said he always tried to emulate the singer’s falsetto. Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys called the Four Seasons his favorite group. And Billy Joel said that “Uptown Girl” was written as Valli’s music, it seems, is everywhere. “Walk , The Wanderers and A Fine Mess, while “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” was in The Deer Hunter. More recently, “Sherry” was in The Help. Gangster Tony Soprano and his cohorts often discussed their admiration for the Four Seasons in HBO’s The Sopranos, with Valli himself appearing on two episodes as mob boss Rusty Millio. If it seems that Valli has been around just about forever — well, he has been. The Four Seasons, with Valli as front man, debuted in 1960. But the group had been performing, using other names, since 1951. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons had a legendary run. But by the 2000s, Valli had been relegated to the oldies circuit. In 2005, however, Jersey Boys changed all that. The show, which won six Tonys, featured biographical narratives from actors portraying Valli and members of the Four Seasons. Best of all, though, it contained spoton versions of the group’s hits. The Broadway show and various touring companies drew big crowds. But the production also served as a reminder that the genuine article was still touring — and sounding as good as ever. Consequently, EVENT: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons DATE/TIME: Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 7:30 p.m. VENUE: Walt Disney Theater NOTES: The legendary hitmaker, the Four Seasons, sings the songs that earned him a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. TICKETS: Prices start at $59 Frankie Valli is a major supporter of the National Italian American Foundation. In 2006, he received the NIAF Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2012, Valli received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his commitment to humanitarian causes. 54 artsLife | FALL 2016 Valli’s bookings soared. Suddenly, it was like the early ’60s all over again. In 2007, Valli released Romancing the ’60s, an album containing covers of his favorite songs from the era, two of which — “Sunny” and “Any Day Now” — he had previously recorded. Three years later, he cut a duet with Juice Newton of Ambrosia’s 1980 hit “The Biggest Part of Me.” In 2012, Valli made his Broadway debut with a weeklong concert engagement. Then, in 2014, Clint Eastwood produced and directed Jersey Boys. Although it was big-screen adaptation further added to the singer’s considerable panache. These days, Valli’s concerts are basically nostalgic lovefests. He delivers a careerspanning set, jokes easily with fans and reminisces fondly about the time his mother took him to see Frank Sinatra perform at the Paramount Theater in New York. For 90 minutes, the years roll away — for the audience and, perhaps, for Valli himself. In Jersey Boys, Valli’s character closes the show wistfully, claiming that the best times of his life were “when everything was still ahead of us, and it was just four guys singing under a street lamp.” Maybe so. But, seeing him in concert, it appears that the late-career Valli is having as much fun as ever. — Randy Noles D I D Y O U K N O W ?
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