The national tour of Jersey Boys will explode onto the Vancouver scene in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in September 2012. Somehow I missed seeing Jersey Boys in New York, London and Toronto, so I was excited to hear about this upcoming show.
I grew up in an era when a musicologist might say that rock-n-roll was supposedly past its peak. Elvis was off in the army and Buddy Holly and Richie Valens had died in a plane crash.
But far away at the southern tip of Africa, no one had told us teenagers that rock 'n roll was dead. Every weekend a group of us gathered in the large garage that had been converted into a rec-room and we danced the afternoons away.
We did not need drugs to fly high as kites. We didn't drink and we didn't smoke. We were not concerned with fashion fads or fast cars. All that mattered was how good a dancer you were and how much fun you had dancing. We "twisted" and "rock 'n' roll'-ed but our favorite dance style was "bop", which I think has evolved into today's East Coast jive. And as my regular readers know, I have never lost my addiction to dance.