Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons created a whole new genre of music in the 60’s that has reemerged in popularity since the musical and movie Jersey Boys. Paul Fracassi is bringing that music to life for audiences at The Red Room this season in his Walk Like A Man show.
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Opening night for Walk Like A Man was a wonder to behold. From the moment Paul Fracassi enthusiastically jumped on stage singing “Oh, What A Night!” it was a non-stop, musical thrill ride. Paul’s choreography and dancing were executed perfectly, like a fine-tuned athlete. His vocal range and delivery of each song were impressive as well. Two female backup singers, known as the Tonettes have now joined the show. Walk Like A Man was excellent last season, but Paul proved on Wednesday that he’s stepping it up in all ways and delivering an outstanding new version of the show.
Danny Mininni, Act II Entertainment’s Owner/Manager, gave a heartfelt introduction to Paul, letting the audience in on a little background information. He explained how Paul was offered the opportunity to perform last season only when another act cancelled. Well, Paul’s show ended up being so popular with PV audiences, that he was invited back as a headliner this season. Not only will he perform Walk Like A Man every Wednesday night at 7:30 pm, but each Sunday he’ll perform Legends of the 50’s and 60’s, a show that he put together at the end of last season, just for his Puerto Vallarta audiences.
Paul’s flawless falsetto voice thrilled us Wednesday night with songs like “Rag Doll,” “In My Mother’s Arms,” “Grease,” “Big Girls, Don’t Cry,” “Sherry Baby,” “My Eyes Adored You,” “Just a Little Bit Longer” and of course the title song, “Walk Like A Man.” He even accompanied himself on the piano for one beautiful number. And his stylish, impeccable crooner attire added to the “Jersey Boys” feel of the show!
Paul presented fresh and interesting introductions and stories to each song and even encouraged audience participation for the brave and the willing. His story about singing with the Beach Boys was priceless and I won’t give it away. You’ll just have to hear it at the show!
I lost count of the standing ovations and I was really happy as the audience demanded an encore. We were treated to the final song, “Diana.”
For those who haven’t yet heard of Paul Fracassi, he’s a 24 year old singing sensation, former Star Search and Canadian Idol semi-finalist and a graduate of Toronto’s famous St. Elizabeth School for the Performing Arts. He created, choreographed and performed Walk Like A Man for audiences throughout North America. No small feat, for someone in his early 20’s.
Since leaving Vallarta last Spring, Paul has been very busy touring, along with producing and recording new CDs from his shows and creating his first original CD.
With two exciting shows to present to audiences this season, Paul Fracassi is one of Vallarta’s brightest stars in the local entertainment scene. Both performances are fabulous evenings of quality entertainment that you won’t want to miss!
The Red Room Cabaret is located at Act II Entertainment, Insurgentes 300 located at the corner of Basilio Badillo and Insurgentes. Tickets are available at the box office or through vallartatickets.com