WHO ARE THEY: Frankie Avalon was one of the first rock n’ roll teen idols to achieve popularity in the years in between Elvis Presley’s rise to fame and the Beatles arrival in America. The South Philadelphia native scored his first number one hit “Venus” in 1959 and wound up scoring six more top 40 hits that same year. In 1962 Avalon teamed up with Annette Funicello for a series of successful Beach Party movies.
Fabian became a teen sensation thanks in part to a series of performances on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand.” He scored hits with “I’m a Man,” “Turn Me Loose” and “Tiger” before being questioned by Congress in regards to a payola scandal. Fabian admitted that his records featured a great deal of electronic doctoring in order to improve his voice.
Bobby Rydell began performing in Philadelphia clubs at the age of seven and never looked back. In 1959 “Kissin’ Time” made him a star at the age of 17. Other hits include “Wildwood Days,” “We Got Love” and “Sway.”
WHAT TO EXPECT: In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Philadelphia was home to some of the most popular teenage singers. Dick Fox’s Golden Boys puts three of the biggest stars of the era, Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell on stage together for an unforgettable performance of pop and rock n’ roll music. While the show puts the spotlight on each individual performer and their classic hits, Rydell, Avalon and Fabian also share the stage on several numbers, creating the ultimate 1950s teenage fantasy lineup. Fans can expect to hear Frankie Avalon hits such as “Venus,” “”De De Dinah” and “Bobby Sox to Stockings”, Fabian hits like “Turn Me Loose,” “Tiger” and “I’m a Man” and Bobby Rydell classics including “Volare,” “Wild One” and “Kissin’ Time.” Their teenage years may be well behind them, but you’d hardly know it based on The Golden Boys’ on-stage exuberance and the rabid responses they get from audiences.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $35.50 and $65.50, and the show begins 9 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City.