Originally published Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 06:48p.m.
Hear the music of those four boys from Jersey this weekend with “December 63,” a tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at the Prescott Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Jan. 13.
The group has been around for three years, said Nick Davies, a member of the original cast. Around the time they got started the “Jersey Boys” movie was coming out, Davies said. The timing was perfect and the popularity grew from there, he said.
Through the years of doing the show, they’ve never had a script written for them, Davies said. They established their own, he said.
“While we’ve been going on, we’ve kind of adapted the show to make our own personalities shine. So not one show is exactly the same,” Davies said. “We like to shake things up and it always keeps things fresh up there.”
For this show, the set list, talking points and a couple cast members have changed since the last time they were in Prescott, he said. The personalities on stage are four completely different personalities but hilarious and dapper in their own way, Davies said.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $30 for opera box seats and are available online at www.prescottelkstheater.com, by calling 928-777-1370 or at the box office one hour prior to the performance.
The new songs are a couple B-sides, such as “Swearing to God” and “Our Day Will Come,” he said. The former is a 70s disco tune that Valli wrote and this group changed the former to make it more modern, Davies said. They added a slow jazzy intro before it kicks into the big rock song that it was when Valli did it, he said. His favorite song to perform though is “Who Loves You?” Davies said.
“Not only do I get to sing lead in that one, but the harmonies in it are so tight and so fantastic,” he said. “I get to have a lot of fun with the audience.”
When they’re on stage, they’re not trying to pretend to be the Four Seasons, Davies said. Instead, they’re all just being themselves and that’s what makes the show unique, he said. It gets the audience more into it and more interested in who they are, Davies said.
Still, while on stage, it’s easy to see the memories percolating over the audience while he’s singing to them, he said.
“That’s one of the most amazing parts of doing this. Even though we weren’t there when it all came out, when it all happened, we can feel the memories and we can feel … how appreciative and taken back the audience is when we perform the music that they grew up with,” Davies said. “It’s so great.”
The Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center is located at 117 E. Gurley St.