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The Golden Age of Rock ‘n Roll Jumps off of the Jukebox and onto the Stage with Billboard Hits of the 60’s


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DAYTON, OH (March 20, 2014) – On Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 8 p.m. in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, Artistic Director Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will bring the gold standard of music from the 1960’s to the stage when they present the Kettering Health Network SuperPops Series Concert Oh What a Night: Billboard Hits of the 60s.

Strolling down a musical memory lane can be fun…if you know where you’re going. That tune you hear on the radio or playing in your head may sound so familiar, but you might not be able to put your finger on it, or remember what artist or artists might have performed it.  Well, if it was a Billboard hit anytime between 1957 and 1969, then chances are good that DPO’s Oh What a Night: Billboard Hits of the 60s will feature it, and will not only have you dancing in your seats, but will also help you call to mind where you were and what you were doing when you first heard it.

Here’s a little quiz to get you ready for the musical festivities. Look at this list of the titles of the songs to be performed: Aquarius, Big Girls Don't Cry, Can't Take My Eyes Off of You, Cherry Cherry, For Once In My Life, Going To A Go-Go, Hit the Road Jack, I Heard It Through the Grapevine, It's Not Unusual, La Bamba, Let the Sunshine In, Mack the Knife, Respect, Sherry, Strangers in the Night, Tears of a Clown, Tequila, Try a Little Tenderness, Unchained Melody, What a Wonderful World, and of course, Oh What A Night.

Now look at this list of composers who wrote, artists who performed, and Broadway shows that originated those hits and try to match them up with the songs: Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Neil Diamond, Aretha Franklin, Jersey Boys, Tom Jones, HAIR, Otis Redding, Smokey Robinson, Frank Sinatra, The Champs, The Miracles, The Righteous Brothers, Three Penny Opera, Ritchie Valens, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and Stevie Wonder.

The guest stars of the evening are the OH WHAT A NIGHT! ensemble, three of Broadway’s hottest leading men – Ron Bohmer, Derrick Baskin, and Andrew Samonsky. Together with the DPO, these Broadway stars will recreate an era on stage, bringing to life all of our favorite hits that ruled the radio and jukeboxes during the golden age of innocence, 45’s, and soda shops.

How well did you do on the match-up quiz? Do you think you have most of them right? The best way to find out for sure how good your memory is would be to come to Oh What a Night: Billboard Hits of the 60s.  Take an enjoyable stroll down memory lane with the OH WHAT A NIGHT! ensemble and the DPO, and remember clearly the songs, the artists, and where you were the first time you heard these 1960s favorites.

Tickets for Oh What a Night: Billboard Hits of the 60s range from $21 to $76 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at Senior, teacher and student discounts are available at the box office. 

The Saturday, April 5 performance of Oh What a Night: Billboard Hits of the 60s is an ENCORE! young professionals event.

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About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.  The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is proud to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year "Music Alive" grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras.

About Ron Bohmer

Ron Bohmer starred on Broadway as the Father in Ragtime, as the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard (Jefferson Award nomination), as the title role in The Scarlet Pimpernel (National Broadway Theatre Award nomination), Alex in Aspects of Love (LA Robby award), the evil Sir Percival Glyde in The Woman in White, Enjolras in Les Misérables, and Fyedka in Fiddler on the Roof.  He recently completed a tour of the US and Canada, starring as Coach Bolton in Disney’s High School Musical.  As a concert soloist, Ron has appeared at Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City’s Town Hall and with Symphonies and Pops orchestras across the country.

About Derrick Baskin

Derrick Baskin has originated three shows on Broadway: Memphis, winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best New Musical in the role of Gator; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Drama Desk Award, award) in the role of Mitch Mahoney; and Disney's The Little Mermaid as half of the evil duo Flotsam & Jetsam. Outside of Broadway, Derrick is coming off of a successful tour with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Future projects include the move remake of Annie starring Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz, directed by Will Gluck, and Anesthesia starring Glenn Close, directed by Tim Blake Nelson.

About Andrew Samonsky

Andrew Samonsky played Lt. Joseph Cable in Lincoln Center’s Tony Award winning Broadway production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, where he was also seen on the “Live From Lincoln Center” PBS broadcast. This last year he was seen in New York City Center’s Merrily We Roll Along, and originated roles in James Lapine and William Finn’s Little Miss Sunshine in La Jolla, Armistead Maupin and the Scissor Sisters’ Tales of the City at A.C.T., and Michael John LaChiusa’s Queen of the Mist off Broadway.

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