Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Little Steven Reuniting the Original Rascals For Theatrical Show


Little Steven van Zandt is doing the impossible! He’s reuniting the Rascals, the original Rascals, for a theatrical show. “Once Upon A Dream” will happen December 13, 14, and 15th at the Capital Theatre in Portchester, New York. The Rascals were MEGA stars of the late 60s, and the only white R&B act on Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler’s Atlantic Records. You know their hits– “Good Lovin,” “Groovin,” “I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore,” “People Gotta Be Free,” “It’s a Beautiful Morning,” and “How Can I Be Sure?” among them. Their greatest hits album, called “TimePeace,” was a bestseller for years.

The project is being funded on Kickstarter:

Steve writes: “”To do justice to the Rascals importance, I’ve written a show for them
that is just as unique as they are. It’s called “Once Upon a Dream”.
It’s a combination of a Rock Concert and a Broadway show that will
include their own live performance by the original four Rascals – Felix,
Eddie, Dino, Gene, and be complimented by filmed segments and news
footage and will be a show that they can take all over the country….

“The show will be an uplifting inspiration for you fans that have
been waiting all these years, praying for a Rascals comeback, and
those of you who are younger will get a real taste of the ’60’s you
missed the first time around. Me and Marc have invested our time, money, and blood these last few years for this idea and now we need you to bring it home. Not one dollar that is contributed will go into anyone’s pocket, or be commissioned in any way, every dollar will go into the production making it as good as it can be, as great as the Rascals deserve….So that’s it. The Rascals are coming back. We have been looking for other investors but nobody has any vision anymore. Frankly nobody believes in this dream except me, Marc, Peter and you. The production will be as big as you make it. On behalf of the Rascals Thank you.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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