TRIB­UTE A TEAM EF­FORT

Feel-good hits and har­monies that get stuck in your head – re­visit a sim­pler time when this trib­ute act checks in to Twin Towns

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Oh What a Night it will be when world-class Frankie Valli trib­ute per­form­ers hit Twin Towns for a trip down mem­ory lane.

Walk Like A Man, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Grease – they’ll all be ring­ing through the show­room next Fri­day.

“I think the best way to de­scribe Oh What a Night is an all-round feel-good show,” writer and per­former Ge­orge Solomon says.

“We per­form all the great songs – many of them peo­ple for­get about – and we sing true to the orig­i­nals. It’s much more than just singing though. There’s com­edy, cos­tume changes, non-stop danc­ing – peo­ple al­ways leave the show feel­ing good.”

With trib­ute shows, the ques­tion of “Why?” is al­ways posed, as in, out of every per­former who ever lived, why them?

“I had been do­ing a solo show – I do Neil Di­a­mond, Elvis, and Frankie Valli and the di­rec­tor, Michael Chap­man said ‘You do Frankie re­ally well, we should do a show with all Frankie songs’,” Ge­orge ex­plains.

“But on top of that the main thing is that his voice is in­cred­i­ble and his songs are time­less,” he says.

“You hear those songs they get stuck in your head straight away. The har­monies are amaz­ing, the sto­ries of the songs are great – it’s the mu­sic of the era. It makes peo­ple feel good, we’ve had nine-yearolds come up to us af­ter shows and ask if they can down­load those songs.”

Oh What a Night will be per­formed more than 30 times through­out Aus­tralia, a unique per­for­mance fea­tur­ing ro­tat­ing front­men.

“We hired three other won­der­ful Las Ve­gas per­form­ers: Rick Mor­gan, Paul Holmquist and James Bullard,” Ge­orge says.

“Right away, ev­ery­one was so amaz­ing we said let’s not make this about who’s the lead and who’s the back­ups – who’s Frankie and who are the Four Sea­sons. So ev­ery­one sings lead.”

It’s only nat­u­ral to as­sume that in a group of per­form­ers, the divi­sion of songs might be an awk­ward sit­u­a­tion ...

“There are no egos in­volved, if some­one is bet­ter at some­thing it’s im­me­di­ately clear,” Ge­orge says.

“It’s great be­cause the au­di­ence gets to know each mu­si­cian and you know what? Frankie Valli songs are not easy to sing.

“Each of us have our strengths as singers, so every song is treated as well as it pos­si­bly can be, with the strong­est singer for that song.”

Oh What a Night, Fe­bru­ary 24, Twin Towns.

The Oh What a Night trib­ute show fea­tures a host of tal­ented per­form­ers.

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