‘Jersey Boy’ Valli playing at Packard

Special to the Tribune Chronicle

Frankie Valli performs today at Packard Music Hall.

Special to the Tribune Chronicle Frankie Valli performs today at Packard Music Hall.

The career of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons has been the subject of a long-running Broadway musical and a movie directed by Clint Eastwood.

Tribute acts to the vocal group have performed at Packard Music Hall and the Warren Italian-American Heritage Festival in recent months. Today, fans can catch the real thing as Valli and the Four Seasons will do an 8 p.m. show at Packard Music Hall.

Valli solo and with the Four Seasons had 30 top-40 hits between 1962 and 1968, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” “Let’s Hang On!” and “Working My Way Back to You.” It was one of the most successful American groups at the height of the Beatles’ popularity and the British invasion. Valli and the group enjoyed a resurgence in the mid-’70s with hits like “My Eyes Adored You,” “Grease” and “December 1963 (Oh, What a Night).”

Last month, Valli released “‘Tis the Seasons,” his first solo Christmas album, which includes his version of such holiday favorites as “The Christmas Song,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Frosty the Snowman” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

Valli worked with his Four Seasons’ partner Bob Gaudio on the album. He recently told New Jersey Advance Media that the reason for their partnership is simple.

“Over 50 years ago, when we first met, there was something very unique about his playing and his writing that captured my ears immediately,” he said. “He thought there was something unique about my singing. He had the same work ethic that I did. He was very relentless in his pursuit to a way to become successful, as I was. It was a great partnership and still is.”

“Jersey Boys,” the Tony Award-winning musical based on the career of the Four Seasons, is slated to close on Broadway in January.

It will be the 12th-longest-running musical in Broadway history when it does.

However, Valli, 82, has no plans to stop performing. He told ABC News before a recent concert in New York, “Every performance is exciting. And it’s important for you to bring an energy to the performance and excite the audience. And that’s what it’s really all about.”

And he continues to draw a crowd. Earlier this week, only single seats and handicap-accessible seating were available on the floor for the Packard date.

A somewhat better selection was available in the balcony.

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