By Jim Johnson

An array of famous friends welcomed The Rascals to Broadway as “Once Upon a Dream” played the first of 15 official performances last night.

Bruce Springsteen, Paul Shaffer, David Chase, Tommy James, Maya Rudolph and Gary U.S. Bonds were all on hand at the Richard Rogers Theater, where the iconic blue-eyed soulsters rocked, rolled and reflected on their fame — and the breakup that kept the foursome apart for 40 years.

Photo Credit:   Mike McCann - Premiere Networks Select

Photo Credit:
Mike McCann – Premiere Networks

From the opening number “It’s Wonderful” through the encore of “People Got to Be Free,” Felix Cavaliere, Eddie Brigati, Gene Cornish and Dino Danelli were backed by a massive video wall that generated a mix of visual effects, photos from their ’60s heyday, videotaped narration and look-alike actors playing the Rascals as they looked in the 1960s.

The emotional peak of the show has Brigati thanking Cavaliere for writing the melodies of such classic hits as “People Got to Be Free,” “How Can I Be Sure,” “Groovin'” and “It’s a Beautiful Morning.” Eddie then takes responsibility for quitting the band, ending his creative collaboration with Felix and wrecking the camaraderie that had made them one of the greatest American bands of their time.


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