It’s easy to forget just how many hits American pop group Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons actually had. Looking at their discography is quite astonishing - it boasts such hits as December ’63 (Oh What A Night), Beggin’, Grease and Big Girls Don’t Cry to name but a few. It’s why they’re worthy not only of their induction into the rock n’ roll hall of fame and hundreds of millions of record sales worldwide, but also of a show in tribute to their popularity and success.
Let’s Hang On is a tribute musical show to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons which is coming to Stafford’s Gatehouse Theatre in February, has been touring the country since 2005. It was however, conceived as an idea some time before this, when the tribute act’s founder – Dino Buttarazzi saw a Frankie Valli concert on television in 1992 that inspired him.
“If you ever went to see a Four Seasons tribute band they would never live up to the original – that’s why I decided to start one up, I thought I could do a much better job of it!
“I didn’t know enough musicians at the time for anything to come together until 2005, and those kinds of shows weren’t really around then anyway.”
Dino grew up in a musical family and had been playing guitar since 1983- so by the time the show began touring, he felt he was a much more accomplished musician.
“The music of the Four Seasons has some quite complicated arrangements and the vocals can be difficult, particularly as they’re so high” he says.
Since its inception, the show has, Dino says, gone “from strength to strength. It took off a lot quicker than we thought.
“We get people who were fans of the original group coming up to us and telling us it’s like watching the real thing. One thing people do like about our show is that we do play the whole song – not just snippets as you get in some musicals.”
Audiences can expect a brief account of the band’s musical history and those who have seen the show before can look forward to a whole new experience with two new singers and a brand new set. This has been designed by the same person who worked on the set for the Michael Jackson Thriller musical.
The show has even been given the seal of approval from Frankie Valli himself, who invited Dino and the rest of the group to the Royal Albert Hall and asked them to open the Jersey Boys show. The two shows are very supportive of each other says Dino, and their successes along with Frankie Vallie getting back on the road himself, have further cemented the popularity of band’s extensive back catalogue of pop hits.
Let’s Hang On promises to capture the magic of these timeless numbers in a fun night which the whole family can enjoy. “We get people from the age of 7 to 70 at our shows – there is no specific age group that come, there’s always a good mix of people in the audience” says Dino.
He is now looking forward to bringing the show to Stafford for the first time, after seeing a show in the Gatehouse: “I thought that the audience in Stafford would be perfect for us. It’s a great little theatre.”
Let's Hang On is coming to Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on Saturday 15th February. Tickets, priced at £19.50 are available from staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk.
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