Have yourselves a night to remember
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.
George Solomon (right) with the rest of the Oh What A Night! cast.