Oh what (another) night! for Frankie fans 

OH WHAT A NIGHT!

February 15

Illawarra Performing Arts Centre

Tickets: 4224 5999

Since it opened in Las Vegas in 2008 Oh What A Night! has proved so popular that some fans have seen it up to 50 times.

The show brings to life the hits of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

"We have people - I'm not exaggerating - who have seen the show 40 or 50 times," says George Solomon, who wrote and stars in the show.

"They fly across the country to wherever we are.

"I say, 'You don't get tired of seeing the show?', they say, 'No, every time I see it I like it and every time I see something different'."

After the success of its 2011 Australian tour, Oh What A Night! is returning in 2013 with the original Las Vegas cast - Solomon, Paul Holmquist, Brandon Albright and Rick Morgan.

While more than 50 performers have appeared in the various productions, Solomon says there is "something special" about the original cast.

"There is a special energy among the original four and I think the people in the audience get it as well," he says.

The show is billed as a musical revue and includes the top-10 US hits.

Solomon says the show is not just a bunch of songs strung together, and there is comedy and non-stop choreographed dancing.

"This is an all-round feel-good show. Just the other night we were performing here in the States and we came off stage and one of the guys said, 'You know what, I never get tired of doing this show'.

"And that is a great testament to the longevity of the music."

One of the challenges for Solomon is staying true to the songs without trying to impersonate Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

"Even though we're not doing the biography, we're not saying that we are the Four Seasons - we are definitely George and Brandon and Paul and Rick on the stage - but you want to give the audience what they expect."

Solomon says the show is a dream come true for him.

When he was young his older sisters especially were in love with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, so that music was playing in their house all the time, he says.

"There was a little girl, five years old, who moved in down the block from us when I was five, and her name was Sherry. She was my first crush, and I used to sit on her front steps and sing Sherry, the Frankie Valli song.

"About a year ago in my hometown, which is near Pittsburgh, we did a performance and Sherry was in the audience.

"All these years later I got to look at her and sing the song Sherry again."

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