SHIPPENSBURG, PA (March 30, 2015) - The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents THE HIT MEN, Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 8 p.m. Reserved tickets are $42, $37, $32 & $27 and are now on sale. A group discount is available for groups of 20 or more. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or online at luhrscenter.com.
Gerry Polci and Lee Shapiro. They may not be household names, but back in the 70's, you bought all of their records. You heard them on the radio. Saw them on TV. Went to their concerts.
So who are they? They're the former members of the hit-making factory known as Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. These guys toured the world with Frankie. Recorded numerous hit albums with him. And sang the lead vocals on songs like "Oh What a Night" - the biggest 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 harted 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 re-unite -- 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.
They now call themselves The Hit Men, and their next tour stop will be at the Luhrs Center on April 18! 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. And, of course, there are all those amazing hits...with The Hit Men performing great songs from the Four Seasons songbook (from "Rag Doll", "Dawn", and "Walk Like a Man", to "Can't Take My Eyes Of You", "Marianne" and "Sherry"), plus other mega hits that members of The Hit Men helped make famous back in the day such as Cat Stevens' "Peace Train", Jim Croce's "Leroy Brown", Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" and Tommy James' "Mony Mony".
Says 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. You'll walk out of the theatre exhilarated, excited and wanting more. We guarantee it."
The Hit Men are (including a very partial list of credits): Jimmy Ryan (Carly Simon, Elton John, Jim Croce, Paul McCartney); Russ Velazquez (The Ramones, LL Cool J, Chicago); Lee Shapiro (Four Seasons, Barry Manilow, The Shondells); Larry Gates (Bon Jovi, Carole King, Phoebe Snow ); Gerry Polci (Barry Manilow, Four Seasons and lead vocalist on "Oh What a Night")
For additional information about THE HIT MEN performance, or other performances within the 2014-2015 Luhrs Center series, please call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at Luhrscenter.com.
About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University's role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center's 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.