Theater Preview: SAFE-DISTANCE DRIVE-IN CONCERT SERIES, RUBICON GOES RETRO (Rubicon Theatre at Ventura Fairgrounds)

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by Tony Frankel on June 28, 2020

in Theater-Los Angeles,Theater-Regional

Safe-Distance Drive-In Series Kicks Off Drive-In Hits

The first event of Rubicon Goes Retro, the company’s Safe-Distance Drive-In Theatre Concert Series is here! The swell series of live 75-minute concerts at the Ventura County Fairgrounds will have you viewers watching safely from the comfort of your cars. The concerts feature multimedia, lights, and sound through an FM transmitter.

The series kicks off with the world premiere of Drive-In Hits, offering the signature harmonies and smooth moves of the Boys from Jersey and Million Dollar Quartet. It plays for three nights only, Monday, July 6, Tuesday, July 7 and Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets range from . Tickets are general admission within row and section, and

Drive-In Hits stars Tony® Award-Winner Christian Hoff and the longest-running Frankie Valli Travis Cloer. These powerhouse performers have thrilled audiences with their retro-sound across the nation, and have created a new event for this series celebrating the era of drive-ins and muscle cars with more than 15 songs, a cavalcade of hits from musical icons like Sam Cooke, The Everly Brothers, Smokey Robinson, Brian Wilson, Little Richard, Lennon & McCartney and yes, plenty of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, when their friends from “Jersey” drop by to share the signature harmonies and smooth moves that catapulted them to stardom with songs like “Sherry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” and “Walk Like a Man.” The two will be joined by cast members from Jersey Boys and Million Dollar Quartet.

Other concerts in the series include:

Broadway leading man and Ventura native Andrew Samonsky in 2 AM at the Sands: Samonsky Sings Sinatra which plays July 20-22;

a 30th Anniversary Concert of Forever Plaid featuring performers from the original New York run (Paul Castree, Jason Graae, David Engel, and Larry Raben) from August 3-5;

Jimmy Messina and Friends running from August 17-19;

and Music of the Knights: The Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Elton John and Paul McCartney from September 7-9. Phantom of the Opera phenoms Teri Bibb and Davis Gaines are slated to appear, as well as Ted Neeley of Jesus Christ Superstar, who brings his rock wail to “Gethsemane” and other songs. Other artists will be announced at a later date.

Rubicon Goes Retro
Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Ventura
early reservations are recommended — no sales at the door, er, gate
for tickets ($15 to $99 and children under 12 are free; 15% series discount),
call 805.667.2900 or visit Rubicon Theatre
patrons are encouraged to pack a picnic or pick up a meal from a downtown eatery
and come early (the lot opens at 6:30 p.m.).


Rose Martin July 5, 2020 at 11:28 am

How do I buy tickets?

Editor-in-Chief Tony Frankel July 7, 2020 at 11:38 am

Rose, you can call 805.667.2900 or visit Rubicon Theatre.

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