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THE HIT MEN OFFER "TIME TRAVEL" FOR FANS OF ALL AGES

 

ON TOUR & SET TO PERFORM IN PEMBROKE, NORTH CAROLINA

 

AT GIVENS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER ON APRIL 23rd

 

No one captures the spirit of classic hits from the 1960s, '70s and '80s like The Hit Men … because they are the ACTUAL musicians that helped make those hits happen.  Their music, their stories and their craft are embedded in many of America’s most treasured songs.

 

Meet The Hit Men Sizzle Reel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0g6UuEoYsB0&feature=youtu.be 

 

Since coming together in November 2010, this incomparable quintet has made songs by Elton John, Sting, Carly Simon, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Carole King, Tommy James & The Shondells, Barry Manilow and many other superstars come to life like no other group by delivering sizzling shows that combine live music, eye-popping videos and reminiscences born from their witnessing and making musical history as it happened.

 

Audiences are stunned by the group’s performances of  “Crocodile Rock,” “You’re So Vain,” “Lets Hang On,” “Sherry” and “Who Loves You,” (amongst many others) and consistently come back to see The Hit Men perform time after time.

 

To sum it all up, The Hit Men are great players, world-class entertainers – and most importantly, unlike any so-called "tribute bands," The Hit Men members were there when the actual songs were recorded. Their licks, their solos, their grooves and their harmonies are embedded into the music and essential to the sound of these records that millions would come to and continue to love.

 

The Hit Men History!

 

  • Lee Shapiro, Keyboardist & Group Founder

(Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Barry Manilow, Bob Gaudio, Paul Schaffer)

 

  • Jimmy Ryan, Lead Guitarist & Vocalist

(Elton John, The Critters, Carly Simon, Cat Stevens, Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, John Entwhistle, Jim Croce, Kiki Dee)

 

  • Larry Gates, Bassist & Vocalist

(Carole King, Desmond Child, Phoebe Snow, Janis Ian, Rick Derringer)

 

  • Russ Velazquez, Vocalist

(Sting, Carol King, the Ramones, LL Cool J, Luther Vandross, Korn, Paula Abdul)  

 

  • Gerry Polci, Drummer

 (Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Barry Manilow)

 

Contact: Deborah Radel or Jenna Roy at DRPR, 310.360.3997 or email deborah@drpr.us 

 

For more on The Hit Men, visit www.TheHitMenLive.comtwitter.com/TheHitMenLive or Facebook.com/TheHitMenLive.

 

TOUR DATES

03/24/16    Morristown, NJ                   The Mayo Performing Arts Center

04/03/16    Pensacola, FL                    Saenger Theatre

04/09/16    Rochester, NY                     Roberts Wesleyan College

04/10/16    Buffalo, NY                          Kleinhans Music Hall

04/15/16    Rochester, NH                     Rochester Opera House

04/16/16    Queens, NY                         Queensborough PAC

04/22/16    Hopewell, VA                      Beacon Theatre

04/23/16    Pembroke, NC                     Givens Performing Arts Center

04/30/16    Peekskill, NY                       Paramount Hudson Valley

05/06/16    Kearney, NE                        The Merryman Theatre

05/07/16    Scotts Bluff, NE                    The Midwest Theatre

05/12/16    Wilmington, NC                   Thalian Hall

05/14/16    Rancho Cucamonga, CA      Lewis Family Playhouse @ The Victoria Gardens Cultural Center

05/20/16    Wilmington, DE                    Playhouse On Rodney Square

05/21/16    Torrington, CT                      Warner Theatre       

06/04/16    Brookfield, WI                      Sharon Wilson Center

06/11/16    Calgary, Alberta, Canada     Deerfoot Inn and Casino

07/31/16    El Cajon, CA                         Sycuan Casino

08/19/16    Wolfeboro, NH                      Great Waters Music Festival

09/09/16    Newton, NJ                           The Newton Theatre

09/10/16    Red Bank, NJ                        Count Basie Theatre

09/11/16    Uncasville, CT                       Mohegan Sun

10/01/16    Reading, PA                          Santander Performing Arts Center

10/15/16    Joliet, IL                                Rialto Theatre

10/20/16    Lufkin, TX                             The Pines

10/21/16    Oklahoma City, OK               OCCC Performing Arts Center

11/06/16    Hagerstown, MD                   The Maryland Theatre

12/10/16    Shippensburg, PA                 LUHRS Performing Arts Center    

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WINNER OF 8 TONY AWARDS, INCLUDING BEST MUSICAL

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Based on the 2007 Academy Award-winning film

 

Music & Lyrics by Academy Award Winners

GLEN HANSARD & MARKÉTA IRGLOVÁ

 

COMES  TO THE GIVENS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

ON TUESDAY, MAY 2

 

ONCE, winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, will play the Givens Performing Arts Center on campus at UNC Pembroke on Tuesday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for ONCE are available now and can be purchased by calling the box office at 910.521.6361 (M-F; 9 am – 4 pm) or visiting www.uncp.edu/gpactickets.

ONCE, which was also named Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards, ran for more than 1,100 performances on Broadway with acclaimed international productions from London and Melbourne to Japan and South Korea. 

ONCE is the celebrated new musical based on the Academy Award-winning film. It tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music.  Over the course of one fateful week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together.  Brought to the stage by an award-winning team of visionary artists and featuring an ensemble cast of gifted actor/musicians,ONCE is a musical celebration of life and love: thrilling in its originality, daring in its honesty... and unforgettable in every way. 

ONCE features the Academy Award-winning music and lyrics of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, a book by award-winning Irish playwright & screenwriter, Enda Walsh (Penelope, Hunger, The New Electric Ballroom), direction by the acclaimed Scottish director of Black Watch, John Tiffany, movement by Steven Hoggett (Black Watch, American Idiot) and music supervision and orchestrations by Martin Lowe (Mamma Mia!). The set and costume design are by five time Tony Award winner Bob Crowley (The Coast of Utopia, Mary Poppins), lighting design is by Tony winner Natasha Katz (Aida, The Coast of Utopia), and sound design is by Clive Goodwin.

The 2007 Academy Award-winning film, ONCE, was written and directed by John Carney, and starred Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, with original music and lyrics by Mr. Hansard and Ms. Irglová.

The Oscar winning independent Irish film, ONCE was made for $150,000. Shot in 17 days, it went on to gross $20M worldwide becoming a critically acclaimed international smash. It stars Glen Hansard, from the popular Irish Rock band The Frames, and Markéta Irglová. Glen and Markéta won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Original song for “Falling Slowly,” the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Music, and the soundtrack was nominated for two Grammy Awards.

 

 

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