Sha Na Na to Play Ridgefield Playhouse, 4/25

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Sha Na Na to Play Ridgefield Playhouse, 4/25

Posted on: February 11th, 2014 by tommyj

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In a Doo-Wop and Rock & Roll interactive party extravaganza, Sha Na Na will celebrate the 45th Anniversary of their performance at Woodstock and the 35th Anniversary of their role in the mega hit movie Grease at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, April 25, at 8 p.m. They will perform songs they sang at Woodstock where they got their big start 45 years ago, in the movie Grease 35 years ago, on The Sha Na Na TV show as well as music from their world-wide concert tour stops. Sha Na Na was cast in Grease as "Johnny Casino and the Gamblers" and performed six songs on the movie soundtrack. The smash hit ballad "Sandy", sung by John Travolta, was co-written by Sha Na Na’s piano man, Screamin’ Scott Simon. Sha Na Na hits include "Blue Moon", "We Go Together", "You’re the One That I Want", "Hopelessly Devoted to You" and many more. An VIP Party Pass ($25 addt’l per person), which includes a pre-show cocktail party 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. with open bar, hors-d’oeuvre and priority parking, is available for this show by calling the box office (203-438-5795). This event is part of the Xfinity Rock Series.

The Ridgefield Playhouse event is sure to get people up and out of their seats dancing! Sha Na Na’s show will be a dynamic event that highlights their four-decade journey from Woodstock, Grease and their TV show as well as their worldwide tour stops. In an interactive show where the audience sings along, dances along and participates in a "Greaser Olympics", the audience gets to twist, stroll and hand jive to the classics as performed by the crowned princes of doo-wop and rock & roll, a "competition" in which a good time will be had by all ages.

To celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Grease, the highest-grossing musical film of all time, Sha Na Na rocked The Hollywood Bowl at this year’s Grease Sing-a-Long presented by The Los Angeles Philharmonic hosted by Didi "Frenchy" Conn with special guest drummer Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters. The celebration will continue at The Ridgefield Playhouse. When they were in college at Columbia University in 1969, Sha Na Na combined their love for the classics of Rock & Roll with a dynamic theatrical approach. The fifties music legends appeared just before Jimi Hendrix 45 years ago this summer at The Woodstock Festival in what was then only their eighth professional gig.

Never content to rest on their laurels, Sha Na Na just released Sha Na Na Greaser High School Hop, which features 25 signature songs that create an instant high school hop dance party. "The Bop", "The Twist", "The Stroll", "The Hand Jive", "The Monkey", "The Jerk", "The Cha Cha" and even "The Hokey Pokey" are amongst the great dances of the ’50s and ’60s celebrated in this collection. Also included are songs they sang in the movie Grease ("Sandy", "Rock & Roll is Here to Stay"), The Sha Na Na TV Show ("Rock & Roll Hall of Fame", "You Can’t Sit Down") and at Woodstock ("At The Hop").

For tickets ($40), call or visit the box office at (203) 438-5795, or order online at The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT;

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