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June, 27

Oh What A Night as Frankie Valli wows the crowds at popular North Yorkshire venue

There was more than one octogenarian music legend wowing music lovers this weekend. And oh what a night it was for the audience at a popular North Yorkshire venue gathered to see him.

Frankie Valli took to the stage at Scarborough Open Air Theatre in front of a crowd whose eyes simply adored him - and who were on their feet from the opening notes of Workin' My Way Back To You. The original Jersey Boy is out on tour and with an impressive back catalogue of hits to choose from, his Scarborough gig was a delight from start to finish.

Frankie is known for his signature falsetto, a distinctive voice that was very much intact despite the fact he is now 88 years old. Backed by four energetic and somewhat younger Seasons, it made for a great combination.

The crowd was treated to a whole range of numbers from the likes of Beggin' to Silence is Golden to Northern Soul classic The Night in the first half. After a short interval, the opening notes of massive hit Grease, title song to the movie, sent the atmosphere soaring and a flow of classic hits followed. December ’63 (Oh, What A Night), Walk Like A Man, Sherry, Bye Bye Baby and more had the crowd belting the words out with him - even the showery Scarborough weather didn't put a dampener on proceedings.

Frankie shot to fame in 1962 as lead singer of the Four Seasons and thanks to the massive success of hit musical Jersey Boys, which tells the story of the iconic New Jersey group, their hits are reaching newer and younger audiences. The Scarborough crowd was a real mix - people who enjoyed the sound the first time around, Northern Soul lovers, others who got hooked around the time of Grease and younger ears too.

He was a joy to hear and another legendary name to add to Scarborough Open Air Theatre's impressive list. A word about the venue here too - easy to get to, it took us just over an hour from Guisborough, we parked the car no problem, there were plenty of helpful staff and no huge bar queues either. Even better, we were easy away at the end with no hold ups or queues to get out - and we were accompanied on our walk down from the outdoor arena by a good natured crowd belting out the numbers they had just heard en masse. Or trying to, at least.

Live music at Scarborough Open Air Theatre continues on Thursday, June 30, with musical theatre favourites Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, on Friday with Bryan Adams and on Sunday with Norwegian 80s pop sensations a-ha.

Photo: Cuffe and Taylor
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