At Capitol Bank One Theatre
Live Nation proudly presents seven popular children's shows at the Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury this summer. "The Wizard of Oz" starts off the series on July 8, followed by "Aladdin," which is taking place on July 15 and ending with everyone's favorite children's story, "Alice in Wonderland," on August 19. All of these timeless classics are on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. and are a perfect way to spend time with the kids while enjoying music, laughter and fun.
THE WIZARD OF OZ - JULY 8
One of the most popular American stories of the early twentieth century is being brought to life by Plaza Theatrical Productions, Inc. This story is full of the magic and wonder of a child's world of fantasy. Join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion as they come to life in an adaptation featuring the music of the MGM movie including Over the Rainbow, Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead, If I Only Had a Brain and We're Off to See the Wizard.
ALADDIN - JULY 15
BroadHollow Theatre Company creates the retelling of this classic story which is filled with action, adventure and a very funny genie. It could be a whole new world of fun for you and your family.
Once upon a time a vain and wicked queen had her stepdaughter banished, whereupon Princess Snow White finds shelter deep in the woods with seven little men. Yates Musical Theatre tells the story of how the Queen finds Snow White and places her under a magic spell, and how she is awakened. This captivating play will delight audiences of all ages.
CINDERELLA - JULY 29
Plaza Theatrical Productions, Inc. brings Plaza Theatrical Productions, Inc the most classic of all fairytales to life in this fast-paced musical production. All the ingredients that have made the story a reccurring favorite are here - ragged Cinderella, her cruel stepmother and selfish stepsisters, the ball, the handsome prince looking for a bride, the fairy godmother, the glass slipper, the search for the foot that fits it, and the happily-ever-after ending. This musical will delight the young and "young at heart."
Who could resist the beloved story of the little wooden puppet whose dearest wish is to become a real boy? Lovingly told, this new rendering of the timeless tale is woven with spirited music and comic fun. Join Pinocchio as he disobeys, follows the wrong leader and makes foolish choices. And root for him as he learns his lessons about honesty, bravery and love. This play is from Carlo Collodi and is performed by the Yates Musical Theatre.
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK -
The Yates Musical Theatre's production of Jack and the Beanstalk is a musical fantasy with songs, dances and comedy. Jack is a young boy who climbs a beanstalk, outwits a giant and regains the treasures that are rightfully his. It's a timeless classic for children of all ages.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND -
Yates Musical Theatre and Lewis Carroll introduce a rollicking journey through the mixed-up world just the other side of the Looking Glass. Hilarious hi-jinks and glorious fun - complete with the Cheshire Cat, White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts and, of course, Alice. This madcap adventure delivers toe-tapping tunes and delightful twists while underscoring the value of reading, the necessity for a fair-minded rule of law and the importance of due process.
FRANKIE VALLI - JULY 7
Live Nation presents Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons on Monday, July 7 at 8 p.m. for the final added show of their 2008 run at the Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees are best known for their hits "Sherry" and "Walk Like A Man," among many others.
In 1962, Frankie Valli and The Four Season released their first album, Sherry and 11 Others, which included their first nationally released single and their first #1 hit, "Sherry." The song stayed at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for five consecutive weeks. The group followed up their first hit with two more number one hits, "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Walk Like a Man." This marked the first time that a vocal group hit #1 on the Billboard singles chart with three consecutive entries. Throughout the rest of the 1960s, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons released a number of massive-selling singles including, "Dawn (Go Away)," "Rag Doll," "Bye Bye Baby (Baby Goodbye)," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," and "Will You Love Me Tomorrow."
In 1976, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons hit number one again with "December 1963." The song was number one in the UK first, then in the US, where it remained for three weeks. Two years later, Frankie Valli had a solo #1 hit with "Grease," the theme song from the highest-grossing musical in cinematic history, of the same name. In 1990, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Nine years later, they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.
In November of 2005, the musical Jersey Boys opened on Broadway. The musical uses many of the group's hit songs to tell the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The musical won four Tony Awards in 2006, including one for Best Musical. The massive 3-CD + 1 DVD box set, "Jersey Beat: The Music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons," was released in mid-2007, and is the most comprehensive collection of Four Seasons music yet.
GEORGE CLINTON- JULY 17
Live Nation presents the mastermind of the funk bands Parliament and Funkadelic, George Clinton, at the Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury on Thursday, July 17 at 8 p.m.
George Clinton has been dubbed one of the most important innovators of funk music to date.
Clinton has been producing and performing music for over 40 years. He got his start when he formed a doo wop group called The Parliaments. The Parliaments created a unique sound, including, most notably, very bizarre lyrics. The group found success under the names Parliament and Funkadelic in the seventies with hit songs like "(I Wanna) Testify," "The Goose," "All Your Goodies Are Gone" and "Fantasy Is Reality." These two bands combined elements of bands/musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, Sly and the Family Stone, Cream and James Brown, while exploring different sounds, technology, and lyricism.
In 1982, Clinton was signed to Capitol Records as a solo artist and as the P-Funk All-Stars, and released his first solo LP, Computer Games, that same year. The album's first single, "Loopzilla," hit the Top 20 R&B charts, followed by "Atomic Dog," which reached #1 on the R&B charts. Throughout the rest of the 1980s and into the 1990s, Clinton released nine solo albums and had a number of hit singles including "Nubian Nut," "Last Dance" and "Do Fries Go With That Shake?"
In 2005, Clinton released the LP, How Late Do You Have 2BB4UR Absent?, the first album with new studio material since 1996's T.A.P.O. A.F.O.M. (The Awesome Power Of A Fully Operational Mothership). The double CD features appearances by Prince and Jazze Pha alongside members of Parliament and Funkadelic. The album is compiled from different sessions over the last decade and is presented as a taste of more new Parliament and Funkadelic material to come.
JOHNNY MAESTRO- JULY 12
Live Nation presents the all American music group Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge and the eyebrow raising Bowzer and the Stingrays at the Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury on Saturday, July 12 at 8 p.m.
Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge are known for their unusual combination of smooth vocal harmonies and their horn section. Their first release, a version of the Jimmy Webb song "The Worst That Could Happen," reached #3 on the Billboard Pop Charts. The band's follow up track, "Welcome Me Love," and its flip side, "Blessed is the Rain," both reached the Top 50. By 1972, the group sold over 10 million records.
Johnny Maestro was also the lead vocalist for The Crests, whose 1958 hit "Sixteen Candles" is played at virtually every Sweet Sixteen party. Among The Crests other hits are "Step By Step" and "The Angels Listened In."
The modern version of Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge released a Christmas EP in 1989 and a greatest hits compilation in 1993.
Recently, the Brooklyn Bridge was featured in one of PBS's biggest fundraising events ever, Doo Wop 50, performing their hits "Sixteen Candles" and "The Worst That Could Happen." In 2005, the Brooklyn Bridge released a full concert-length DVD as part of the Pops Legends Live series.
In 2004, Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge released a CD titled Today, which featured more re-recordings of their hits and versions of other popular songs of the 1950s and 1960s. The Brooklyn Bridge was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2005, and a year later they were inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.
Jon "Bowzer" Bauman was a member of the band Sha Na Na and a onetime game show host. He currently tours extensively with his group, Bowzer and the Stingrays. The group's live show, Bowzer's Original Doo-Wop Party, was the most successful production show ever at Atlantic City's Trop World Hotel and Casino. Bowzer and the Stingrays are best known for their renditions of "Blue Moon" and "Shout." Bauman is also a spokesperson for "Truth In Music" and The Vocal Group Hall of Fame.