The Rascals have been reunited by long-time fan Steven Van Zandt.
The actor and E Street Band member first saw the group back in 1965. The concert left such an impression on the musician that he helped get the original members back together for a series of shows on Broadway.
“The Rascals created music that inspired a generation – and that feeling has lived on through their original fans and the legions of new fans that have discovered their music over the years,” Van Zandt said in a recent statement.
Now that The Rascals have been reunited, the group will play a handful of shows on Broadway beginning next month. The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream will open at Richard Rodgers Theatre this April and close on May 15. Only 15 shows are currently scheduled.
In addition to seeing the band live, fans will also be treated to video reenactments, archival footage, and plenty of psychedelic lighting. Around 30 songs are expected to be performed over the course of the show.
“The musical depth is astounding when you get into it,” Van Zandt told The Associated Press. “The Rascals are something else. They’re up there with the Beatles, and Stones and Byrds. That level of musicality.”
The Rascals are comprised of singer Eddie Brigati, keyboardist Felix Cavaliere, guitarist Gene Cornish, and drummer Dino Danelli. The band is known for their songs “It’s a Beautiful Morning,” “People Got to Be Free,” and “How Can I Be Sure,” among many others.
Steven Van Zandt is currently filming the second season of series Lilyhammer. The musician is expected to meet up with Bruce Springsteen and the rest of the E Street Band for a tour once The Rascals show opens on Broadway.
Tickets for the upcoming performances of The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream will cost between $27 and $137. A special package featuring meet and greet can be purchased for around $300.
Are you excited that The Rascals have reunited? Are you planning to attend one of their shows later this year?