The cast of the Christmas-themed “Oh What a Night” show will be at Surrey’s Bell Performing Arts Centre on Friday, Dec. 15.

Christmas spin for long-running ‘Oh What a Night!’ show touring to Surrey

Tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons adds Andy Williams songs to Dec. 15 set at Bell

It ain’t no Jersey Boys, and that’s OK with the co-creator of Oh What a Night!, which pays tribute to the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in scripted-concert fashion.

On the phone from Pittsburgh, where he’s visiting relatives, George Solomon riffed on the differences between the hit musical and the show that returns to Surrey’s Bell Performing Arts Centre on Friday, Dec. 15.

CLICK HERE for show details.

“It’s not like Jersey Boys,” he said of Oh What a Night!, “but our show is scripted, with a lot of dialogue, and it’s fun. Jersey Boys is a wonderful show and it’s obviously a biography, and it’s kind of a heavy story, but ours is very, very light and fun, very family-friendly. You can bring your kids to it, your grandmother, and it’s informative – we talk about Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons but it’s done in a very humorous way.

“And everybody takes a turn singing lead,” Solomon continued, “so there’s not one lead singer and a backup singer, every guy is featured in the show, so that also makes it unique and not like a biography. Everybody has a turn in the spotlight in this show.”

(STORY CONTINUES BELOW VIDEO)

Solomon wrote the script and co-produces Oh What a Night!, which also employs him as a singer, along with close to 30 other performers currently touring the production, first staged in Las Vegas in 2008.

”I still do the show,” he explained, “but I didn’t do this Canada tour (which began in Halifax on Nov. 21 and works its way west) because I had a Vegas booking I had to do. I wish I could be there, because I love touring Canada. I hope to come back soon, but there is a great cast up there, for sure.”

This time around, the show is given some Christmas spirit in the form of festive songs made famous by crooner Andy Williams and the Williams Brothers. In fact, Solomon said the whole second act is devoted to songs such as “It’s The Holiday Season”, “Jingle Bells”, “The Christmas Song”, “White Christmas”, “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and also Williams’ signature song, “Moon River.”

(STORY CONTINUES BELOW VIDEO)

Some years ago, Solomon and others performed with Williams at his Moon River Theatre in Branson, Mo.

“He had specifically requested us, and we did three summers in a row there, before Andy’s death a few years ago,” Solomon recalled. “He was a wonderful man and very supportive of us.… We did some Christmas songs with him, and it was such a success that during the holiday season, we started branching out and, as a tribute to Andy, we do a Christmas segment. So along with the Oh What a Night! show, you also get a nice big chunk of holiday cheer. It’s really beautifully done.”

During the non-December months, it’s those all those Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons hits that keep the Rocklands Entertainment show going – “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Sherry” and others that filled radio airwaves with harmonies, starting in the early 1960s.

”People think they know all the songs until we start doing them and then it’s like, ‘Wow, forgot about that one!’” Solomon related. “And I think because we’re not a long biography, we have more time for the music in our show. We have six or seven top-10 hits that weren’t in Jersey Boys just because they didn’t have time.

“People who are big Jersey Boys fans will come to our show (and) we get a stamp of approval from them as well,” Solomon added. “They’ll say things like, ‘Wow, you did ‘Grease’ and ‘Swearin’ to God’ and ‘Candy Girl,’ all those songs that weren’t in Jersey Boys,’ and that’s nice to hear. Also, people forget that the original Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons never danced a step (on stage), they stood still and played their instruments, but this show is fully choreographed and we never stop moving.”

For tickets ($59.50) and more details about the Surrey tour date, visit bellperformingartscentre.com or call 604-507-6355.

• Meanwhile, in White Rock, a “Jersey Boys” show returns to Blue Frog Studios from Feb. 7 to 10 and also Feb. 14 to 17, for a total of 12 show times.

“They’re Back! The all-time record-breaking show at Blue Frog!” venue operators rave on the Blue Frog website, bluefrogstudios.ca.

“Blue Frog is serving up a Las Vegas-style evening featuring four of the U.S.’s most sought-after after singers paying tribute to Broadway’s smash hit Jersey Boys and the timeless music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons,” in a live multi-media event.

The show features American musicians Nick Stice, Greg Stout, Noah Fisher and Corey Clark.

“This spectacular show takes you behind the music with an electrifying performance, complete with original video footage, spectacular choreography, great tracks, and four of the best performers around.”

The studio is located at 1328 Johnston Rd., White Rock. Call 604-542-3055 for more details.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey RCMP look for missing man

Tyler Ridout, 36, last seen near Balsam Crescent and 136th Street

Police watchdog investigating death of man in Delta

Independent Investigations Office asking for witnesses to May 29 incident at Tsawwassen ferry terminal

Safe Surrey under fire for ‘sickening’ social media posts accusing RCMP of murder

Mayor Doug McCallum says tweet, Facebook post ‘sent out by unauthorized person’

B.C. government releases designs for new Pattullo Bridge

Project expected to cost $1.377 billion, completed by end of 2023

11 new COVID-19 cases in B.C. as top doc urges caution amid ‘encouraging’ low rates

Dr. Bonnie Henry also announced that two care home outbreaks would be declared over

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

We’re asking you to lock arms with us, as we look to better days ahead

Father’s Day Walk Run for prostate cancer will be virtual event this year throughout B.C.

The annual fundraiser for Prostate Cancer Foundation BC has brought in $2.5 million since 1999

Dr. Bonnie Henry announces official ban on overnight kids’ camps this summer

New ban comes after talking with other provincial health officials across the country, Henry says

Senior man in hospital after unprovoked wolf attack near Prince Rupert

Conservation officers are on site looking for the wolf

VIDEO: NASA astronauts blast off into space on SpaceX rocket

Marks NASA’s first human spaceflight launched from U.S. soil in nearly a decade

‘I knew what he wanted’: Kootenay man spends hours in tree as black bear patrols below

Francis Levasseur is no stranger to the outdoors, but a recent run-in with a bear caused quite a scare

B.C.’s police watchdog probing death of Richmond man in alleged shoplifting incident

Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is asking any witnesses to come forward

PHOTOS: U.S. cities brace for increasing unrest over police killing of George Floyd

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has fully mobilized the state’s National Guard

Most Read