West Michigan Symphony Brings The Hit Men to the Frauenthal Theater

Muskegon, Michigan, March 12, 2015 – Friday, April 17, music director Scott Speck will conduct the West Michigan Symphony as they play alongside the Hit Men, featuring former stars the hit-making factory known as of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.

Members of The Hit Men toured the world and recorded numerous hit albums with Frankie Valli, and sang the lead vocals on songs like “Oh What a Night,” the biggest Four Seasons hit of all time.

When they met in 1973, they were two boys from New Jersey barely out of their teens, and the Four Seasons hadn’t had a charted hit record in years. Along with Valli and songwriter/producer Bob Gaudio, Gerry Polci and Lee Shapiro successfully transitioned the group’s sound from ‘60s doo-wop to ‘70s pop with mega-hit songs like “Who Loves You” and “Oh What a Night.”

Spurred by the runaway success of “Jersey Boys,” the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical based on the Four Seasons’ career, these former Seasons who are now in their late 50s and early 60s, decided to reunite along with an A-list group of musicians who wrote, recorded and performed with Carly Simon, Cat Stevens, Elton John, Jim Croce, Chicago, Luther Vandross, The Ramones, Carole King and other mega-star acts of the era, and give touring one more shot.

Their show is an amazing look back through rock and roll history, including fascinating back stories of what it was like being on the road and in the recording studios with Frankie, Tommy, Carly, Cat, Jim and Elton.

Says The Hit Men music director and former Four Seasons member Lee Shapiro, “This show is a chance for everyone to relive the glory days of rock and roll with a great group of guys who actually lived and breathed the experience.” He continued, “You’ll walk out of the theatre exhilarated, excited and wanting more. We guarantee it.”

The Friday, April 17, WMS concert featuring The Hit Men starts at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $30 to $60 and can be purchased by calling the WMS box office at 231.726.3231 ext. 223, in person at 360 W. Western Avenue, online at startickets.com, or email info@westmichigansymphony.org.

Michigan Arts & Culture Council
National Endowment for the Arts