Joe Nardone presents: Oh What a Night of Doo Wop and Rock & Roll Legends
Featuring: The Doo Wop Project, The Coasters, Barbara Harris and the Toys, Cleveland Still and the Dubs
Saturday, Nov 5, 2022 @ 7:00 PM
Doors open at 5:30 PM
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- $34.00, $44.00, $54.00, $69.00, plus fees
Tickets Go On Sale:
- Jun 13, 2022
- A Kirby Member pre-sale begins Friday, June 10 at 10:00 a.m.
Joe Nardone presents “Oh What a Night of Doo Wop and Rock & Roll Legends,” an incredible four act concert at the FM Kirby Center,71 Public Square, Wilkes Barre, Pa. on Saturday, November 5 at 7:00. Headlining the show is the amazing all-star Broadway supergroup, THE Doo Wop Project.
The Doo Wop Project consists of five Broadway stars from smash hit shows like JERSEY BOYS and MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL. This supergroup of Broadway stars transforms hits from the classic and modern American pop songbook into unforgettable renditions of your favorite songs. The Doo Wop Project traces the evolution of the classic American Doo Wop sound with five guys singing tight street-corner harmonies (including songs by The Crests, The Belmonts, the Flamingos and more). This musical journey includes the hit-sounds of Motown (including The Temptations and Smokey Robinson) and of classic East-Coast Pop royalty like Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and Dion. Finally, we will experience “DooWopified” versions of hit songs by more recent stars such as Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz, Garth Brooks, Maroon 5 and more. Audiences will be moved to reminisce, and newer generations will marvel at classic golden Doo Wop sounds…as well as versions of more recent hit songs.
Additionally, WVIA-TV (PBS) will televise THE DOO WOP PROJECT’s brand new tv concert-special in June giving Wilkes Barre’s audience an exclusive first look. Like their live show, this concert special gives a taste of the unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence in the group’s recreations of some of the greatest American hits in Pop and Rock history.
Members of The Doo Wop Project include:
DOMINIC NOLFI: A Bronx Tale (original Broadway cast), Motown: The Musical (original
Broadway cast), Jersey Boys (original Broadway cast).
CHARL BROWN: Motown: The Musical (original Broadway cast; TONY-NIMINEE, role of
Smokey Robinson), Jersey Boys (Broadway), Sister Act (Broadway) and
Hair (National Tour)
DWAYNE COOPER: Motown: The Musical (original Broadway cast), Hairspray (Broadway),
Smokey Joe’s Café (NYC revival)
RUSSELL FISCHER: Jersey Boys (Broadway), Big: The Musical (National tour)
JOHN MICHAEL DIAS: JERSEY BOYS (Broadway), Beautiful: The Carol King Musical (Broadway)
SONNY PALADINO: MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Broadway’s Pippin, The Great Comet, The Last Ship,
Billy Elliot, A Beautiful Noise, The Wanderer and more
Three other acts will be performing on the show as well, including The Coasters. The Coasters, an important part of the doo wop legacy, were the first vocal group to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. The legendary songwriting team of Leiber and Stoller started Spark Records and worked closely with Carl Gardner and Bobby Nunn, founding members of The Coasters. The sixth song they produced together, “Smokey Joe’s Café,” was so popular that Atlantic Records signed Leiber and Stoller to produce The Coasters for Atlantic, and their first hit was the double sided “Young Blood” and “Searchin.” It was top 10 on the pop charts and #1 on the R&B charts for thirteen weeks. A string of good humored “story-telling” hits followed, including “Yakety Yak” (#1 on pop and R&B charts), “Charlie Brown” (#2 pop and R&B), “Along Came Jones,” “Poison Ivy,” “Little Egypt” and “Love Potion #9.
In 1995, the Broadway show “Smokey Joe’s Café” opened and showcased 39 rock and roll and rhythm and blues songs written by Leiber and Stoller. 7 of the 39 were Coasters hits. The play enjoyed more than 2,000 performances (longest running musical review in Broadway’s history) and won a Grammy and seven Tony Award nominations. The Coasters toured forty performing arts centers nationwide in an acclaimed revival of “Smokey Joe’s Café,” receiving standing ovations before the show even started and many times throughout each performance. While founding members have all passed away, the current lineup has been intact for many years and performed with Carl Gardner. Carl’s widow Veta continues to manage the group, which is the only group with the rights to the name “The Coasters” (many fake “Coasters” have come and gone throughout the years).
In 2017, The Coasters and Veta were honored with the “Artists Music Guild Life Time Achievement Award,” adding to their many awards over the years:
First inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Vocal Group Hall of Fame
Doo Wop Hall of Fame
South Carolina Beach music Hall of Fame
Barbara Harris and the Toys will sing their hits as well as hits from the girl groups of the 60s.
Barbara grew up in North Carolina and was a featured vocalist in many churches by the age of 8. At age 11, she moved to New York City and always won first prize at area dances. She and four of her high school classmates formed a vocal group, singing on street corners in Queens.
Barbara Harris, Barbara Parritt and June Montiero continued, singing backup vocals on many recordings in New York studios. When their manager Vince Marc introduced them to songwriter/record executive Bob Crewe, they signed with his DynoVoice label. Marc also introduced them to songwriters Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell who wrote most of the songs Barbara Harris and the Toys recorded. Their signature hit, “Lover’s Concerto,” reached #2 on the charts and sold 2 million copies. It was followed by top 20 hit “Attack.” The trio appeared on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand,” “Shindig” and “Hullabaloo”and in the movie “It’s a Bikini World.” Barbara Harris continues to write and record her own songs and fits perfectly into the Kirby Center lineup.
Cleveland Still and the Dubs will round out the November 5 lineup. One of the great Doo Wop groups to come out of New York City, the Dubs enjoyed three charted hit singles, including one of doo wop’s great hit songs, “Could This be Magic.” Other hits were “Don’t Ask me to be Lonely” and “Chapel of Dreams.”