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The Rascals, on the road and on the Great White Way

By October 16, 2013

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The Rascals at their Broadway opening on April 16, 2013
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A familiar formula for big time theatrical plays is that they take the show out on the road for a few weeks to work the bugs out and make changes based on audience reactions, then open the show in a Broadway theater. What follows is the story of an exercise in just the opposite: a show that played a few weeks on Broadway, then went out on the road.

As a kid, the narrator of our story used to race home after school to catch one of the teen-oriented afternoon TV shows that featured the hot bands of the moment. This was the mid '60s, and the object of this young man's fancy was The Rascals, a high energy band whose music was a fusion of blues, soul, and a touch of psychedelia. The boob tube was the closest our hero could get to them.

But then one day 45 or so years later, our not quite fictional character (we'll call him Jim Smith, primarily because that was and is our guest reviewer's name) finally got the opportunity he'd been waiting for. As of today, he still hasn't stopped grinning.

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