Once you've filled up on turkey and shopped the sales, why not take in a show that was a huge hit last year with local crowds?
That's what local company P&J Productions - owned by Neil Port and Will Jones -?is hoping people will think when they bring back "OH WHAT A NIGHT!: A musical tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons." Port and Jones, both of Altoona, are bringing the Las Vegas-based show to Altoona on Nov. 30.
The show first appeared last year at the Mishler Theatre for two nights to sold-out crowds. This year, P&J is switching to the Jaffa Shrine Center because the Mishler is unavailable that weekend, Port said.
A performance of “OH?WHAT?A?NIGHT!:?A Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons” will be held at the Jaffa Shrine Center in Altoona on Nov. 30.
"Our opinion is that this would be a great way to treat your guests who are staying in town after the holiday,'' he said. "You're looking around for something to do, and you can say, 'Let's go have some fun and see this show.'''
Jones termed "OH WHAT A NIGHT!'' as a "must-see" show.
"Since the last two shows were a complete sell-out, having a larger venue such as the Jaffa Shrine auditorium makes the show far more accessible to those who were not able to see it last time, as well as the many returning fans,'' he said. "The show is a great fit for the holiday weekend.''
If you go
What: "OH WHAT A NIGHT!:?A Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons''
Where: Jaffa Shrine Center, Altoona
When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30
Cost: All seats are $23, plus Jaffa handling fee: Tickets available at the Jaffa sales office, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, or by calling 944-5351. Tickets may also be ordered online at www.
Port first saw "OH WHAT A NIGHT!'' a few years ago while on a cruise with his granddaughter. Port's nephew, Sam Port, appears in the cast.
Sam said that the cast members don't play any special characters.
"We all appear as our own personas,'' he said.
Neil said he loved the show from the first time he saw it. He knew he wanted to share it with Altoona audiences, who, it turned out, loved it just as much as he did.
"It was so wonderful, so well-received, getting standing ovations every night,'' he said. "People just raved about it, and they were talking about it for months afterward.''
Sam agreed about the standing ovations, saying that's usually the response no matter where the show plays. He's toured with the show in many places, but he said it never fails to delight audiences. He said it could be because the music strikes a nostalgic chord or because of the success of the show "Jersey Boys'' on Broadway, a musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
"It's hard to say one thing; part of it is the nostalgia factor, but the show is also very well produced, that's also part of it,'' Sam said. "Everywhere I go, people seem to love it, and it gets a standing ovation, which is rare to have every show ... get a standing ovation.''
Sam said he gets back to Altoona several times a year, most recently to appear in the P&J Production of "Les Miserables.'' He said he's really looking forward to the upcoming production of "OH WHAT A NIGHT!'' at the Jaffa and that it's fun to be involved in a production that pays tribute to such music industry icons.
"Definitely, a lot of people have seen them and know about them,'' he said.
Several people who saw "OH WHAT A NIGHT!'' last year in Altoona are looking forward to seeing it again.
"The talent was phenomenal and full of energy,'' said Roz Sky of Altoona. "It was truly spectacular.''
Sky liked the show so much that she bought a DVD of the performance and played it for weeks afterward. She already has her tickets for the Thanksgiving weekend performance.
"It was just amazing,'' she said.
Dean McKnight of Hollidaysburg echoed Sky's praise for the performance, saying he's glad that P&J has brought presentations like "OH WHAT A NIGHT!'' to the community. Like Sky, McKnight already has his tickets for this year's show.
"I just think we're fortunate to have this kind of entertainment coming to us,'' McKnight said.
McKnight described the show as a "family musical'' which has "timeless music for whatever generation you're in.''
"I found myself leaving with a smile on my face,'' he said. "What could be better than that?''