WABASH — “Under the Streetlamp” is coming to the Honeywell Center with its “Hip to the Holidays” performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Ford Theater.
Featuring former leading cast members of hit Broadway musicals including “Jersey Boys,” “Under the Streetlamp” is a concert celebration of classic hits of the American Radio Songbook from the 1950s to 1970s. Corporate sponsorship is provided by Parkview Wabash Hospital.
“Under the Streetlamp” features tight harmonies and slick dance moves that take audiences back to an era of sharkskin suits, flash cars and martini shakers; it’s a flashback to a time when, on hot summer nights, people would gather under a streetlamp to sing their favorite rock and roll songs.
Classic hits performed by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Elvis Presley, Tom Jones, The Beatles, Roy Orbison, Bobby Darin and more are reborn for today’s audiences in this evening of great music and hilarious behind-the-scenes tales, complete with an exceptional seven-piece band composed of world-class musicians. With irresistible charm and rapport, “Under the Streetlamp” offers audiences the opportunity to get to know four critically acclaimed stars of stage and screen, Eric Gutman, David Larsen, Brandon Wardell and Shonn Wiley. While each performer gets his moment in the spotlight, their synergy and charisma as a group has drawn an extremely devoted following nationwide.
Each performer carries with him an impressive list of credits. Between them, they have appeared on Broadway, in feature films and on television—including special appearances during the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square, on “The Tonight Show,” “The Primetime Emmy Awards,” “The Tony Awards” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”
The show’s original performers met onstage as the lead characters in “Jersey Boys” and have since formed a concert sensation of their very own. After achieving initial success performing in and around Chicago, “Under the Streetlamp” aired its first PBS special in 2011, a second special in 2014 and then their third national PBS special in 2016. Also in 2017, the guys released “Harmonies for Healing,” a two-part documentary series shown on PBS station around the country, centered around a singing competition which shined a spotlight on the undeniable power of music to inspire and affect positive change in the lives of individuals in their communities.