Have your­selves a night to re­mem­ber

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music -

PRO­DUC­TION Oh What A Night! seems to be­come even more popular with time, much like the mu­sic act it pays trib­ute to – Frankie Valli and the Four Sea­sons.

Writ­ten by in­de­pen­dent Mo­town pro­ducer George Solomon and di­rected by Michael Chap­man, the show pre­miered in Las Ve­gas in 2008 fea­tur­ing Solomon with three other per­form­ers and now has more than 40 cast mem­bers singing the quar­tet’s mu­sic in venues around the world.

“We mix and match the cast and ev­ery­one has to be able to sing in that Frankie Valli reg­is­ter, dance and act,” Solomon said.

“What makes it unique is one per­son is not play­ing Frankie Valli, we all take turns singing lead. We stay very true to the orig­i­nal ver­sions of the songs and even though we’re not do­ing a dead on im­per­son­ation, we make sure we sing the songs just the way peo­ple re­mem­ber them.”

Solomon is cur­rently on his third tour of Aus­tralia and said the pro­duc­tion fea­tured the great songs au­di­ences saw in Jersey Boys and even more, in­clud­ing Grease, which he per­formed while walk­ing through the crowd.

“I think there’s some­thing about that era and those songs; they were just writ­ing th­ese re­ally catchy num­bers that peo­ple don’t get tired of,” he said.

“I don’t want to sound old when I say this, but I think it’s a time that will never re­ally be re­peated. I don’t think that style of mu­sic will ever fade away.”

Solomon’s ca­reer in the mu­sic in­dus­try has pro­vided him the for­tune to meet or work with any­one he has ever idolised, ex­cept the great man him­self, Frankie Valli.

“We’ve worked very closely with other mem­bers of the Four Sea­sons and peo­ple very close to him have said how much he would love the show but he’s al­ways busy on tour,” Solomon said.

Tanya MacNaughton

George Solomon (right) with the rest of the Oh What A Night! cast.

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