Because I don’t read anything about a show before I go see it (I prefer to read about what I was supposed to think after the fact) I thought this was a musical about The Rascals. I also thought – Whaaaaaaat??? Imagine my surprise when I discovered that this show is not ABOUT The Rascals. It IS The Rascals, Felix Cavaliere on keyboard and vocals, Eddie Brigati on vocals, Dino Danelli on drums and Gene Cornish on guitar, over 40 years after they released their first record. And let me tell you: the joint was jumpin’. The show started with an announcement that “If you have a cell phone or camera you can record, or take pictures or do whatever the F**k you want!!” The second the curtain rose to reveal the band (after an unnecessary prologue, but more about that later) the audience was roaring. Literally. Even though the Richard Rogers has had its share of musicals – Guys and Dolls, Damn Yankees, Nine – I don’t think this house has had anything quite like this: a rock concert for people who love sweet rock and roll and who treasure an evening where they don’t have to act their age. The guy sitting in front of me was on oxygen, okay? By the end of the show he was standing and cheering. Most of the audience was more informed than...Read More
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