Tributes fill Theater at North concert season
time that that generation had great music. Of course, even if there is a crowd of the newgeneration, they get a chance to knowwhat the ‘ Saturday Night Fever’ experience was all about.”
Acosta’s showlasts about 90minutes and runs through the best parts of the Bee Gees’ career, he said, starting with the early stages in the 1960s when the group sounded “very British, very Beatlesish,” before the brothers Gibb transformedthemselves into “disco dance gods with the falsetto, the look and hair.”
“These songs stood the test of time because of the ingredients, the integrity and the writing of that time,” Acosta said.
Forged from a different time and place, Michael Firestone relives the hits of the King of Pop during his “I AmKing” tribute to Michael Jackson, set forNov. 11.
“I’m just trying to hit every single iconic look and different eras,” Firestone said of his 90- minute program, which features backup dancers and a full band plus top- of- the line costumes.
He’s been impersonating Jackson for almost 20 years but said the showhe brings to Scranton is his best yet.
“There are some artists put here to do this, and ( Jackson) was born a great artist,” Firestone said. “He was meant to be, and in 50 years, people will still be trying to sound like him. His music will last forever.”
For Cary Hoffman— star of “My Sinatra,” scheduled for Sept. 16— finding success as his version of Ol’ Blue Eyes means the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.
“As a kid, it’s all I wanted, was to be him and sing like him. That’swhat the showis about: why?” Hoffman said. “Some people say that it has to do withmy losing two fathers. I made ( Sinatra’s) voice a kind of father figure. Themoment I heard Sinatra, my life was different forever. The sound immediately entranced me.”
Music was already inHoffman’s blood thanks to his singer mother and uncles who served as studio musicians for the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Tormé and even Sinatra. Hoffman spent countless hours in his teenage bedroom practicing his Sinatra impersonation, he recalled, and joked that he later was the only kid in history to receive a standing ovation for singing at his own bar mitzvah.
“Right then was affirmation that I could croon,” Hoffman said with a laugh.
His showblends his takes onSinatra classics fromthe late ’ 50s through’ 70swhile also recounting his ownlove for themusicandanecdotes that include meeting the star in the 1960s. Hoffman’s storytelling transcends simple mimicrylike awedding singer might do, he noted, andaims to transport his audience for a bout of joyful escapism.
“Sinatra was kind of more than a singer. He represented a kind of freedom and looseness,” Hoffman said. “He told us you can be yourself and anything you want. Sinatra personified rebellion before rock ’ n’ roll.”
No matterwhich tribute plays to one’s tastes, the shows promise to bond multigenerational audiences.
“Musical tributes offer a way to bring a sense of familial connectedness through live performances that modern technology just cannot deliver,” Colaiezzi said. “It evokesmemories and emotions that are shared with one another.”
Bee Gees Gold show, which lasts about 90 minutes and runs through the best parts of the Bee Gees’ career, will be held Oct. 14 at the Theater at North, Scranton.