What a night . . . Performers (from left) Paul Holmquist,
George Solomon, Rick Morgan and Brandon Albright on stage
at the Regent Theatre in Dunedin last night. Photo by Peter
Any act which can get a Dunedin crowd clapping and
singing within a few minutes of starting deserves a standing
ovation, which is exactly what happened in Dunedin's Regent
Theatre last night.
Oh What A Night, the Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - A
Musical Tribute premiered its 10-day New Zealand tour in the
city and judging by the audience reaction, the four men are
in for a great time.
George Solomon, Brandon Albright, Paul Holmquist and Rick
Morgan are ''The Four Seasons'' and each of them sings as
Frankie Valli during the fast-paced two-hour show.
Solomon and Albright alternate the falsetto parts which made
the Four Seasons such a large part of the 1960s and 1970s.
The greatest hits kept on rolling but with the added bonus of
some slick choreography. In fact, it was difficult to keep up
with the dancing and the singing. The fitness of the men was
But it was the package. The lighting was a bit part of the
success of the show. The corny jokes were just that, but they
were funny. While Solomon played the straight man in the
jokes, the other three kept the audience in fits of laughter
with bad jokes and bad accents.
This reviewer's pick was the harmonies in Silence is Golden,
made famous by the Tremeloes but recorded three years earlier
as the B side of a Four Seasons top 10 hit.
The women in the audience nearly swooned when Albright turned
his back and wiggled his backside - before calling for more.
Solomon raced into the audience singing ''Grease is the
word'' and nearly did not make it back, after being grabbed
on to a knee of an audience member.
The encore was a package of the best of the best. The Las
Vegas-based group provided quite a night.