The original lineup of iconic 1960s soul band The Rascals will reunite for a string of Broadway performances, the Associated Press reports. The show, which will combine the live performance with theatrical elements, will run for 15 dates, beginning April 15.
The concert, titled “Once Upon a Dream,” is being spearheaded by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt. His first live concert was a Rascals show in 1965, a performance he says Bruce Springsteen was at as well, though the two had yet to meet. “They were phenomenal live,” Van Zandt says, “Really quite different than anybody else. And very, very influential to this day.”
Van Zandt, who also works as an actor and had a starring role on “The Sopranos,” says he first tried to reunite The Rascals in 1982, but they weren’t ready, and he couldn’t dedicate the energy and time needed to make it work. However, in 1997 his effort to get the band inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were successful.
They first reunited to perform for Van Zandt at a cancer benefit in 2010. Once he knew it was possible, Van Zandt kept aiming higher. The band played six sold out shows in Port Chester, N.Y. last December before Van Zandt decided Broadway was the best way to show his gratitude for their music. “How do I thank them? Well, reuniting them was not enough in the end,” he says, “It was like, ‘OK, that’s a miracle.’ But not miraculous enough for me.”
“The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream” opens April 15 at the Richard Rodgers Threater.