50s Teen Idols To Perform At State Theatre

NEW BRUNSWICK—State Theatre and AM Productions will present Dick Fox’s Golden Boys starring Frankie Avalon, Fabian, and Bobby Rydell on Saturday, April 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $32-97.

Three of the most popular teen idols of the 50s and 60s: Frankie Avalon, Fabian, and Bobby Rydell, together known as “The Golden Boys” perform their legendary, chart-topping hits live. Hits such as Avalon’s “Venus,” “De De Dinah,” and “Bobby Sox to Stockings;” Fabian’s “Turn Me Loose”, “Tiger,” and “I’m A Man;” and Rydell’s “Volare,” “Wild One,” and “Kissin’ Time.”

Philadelphia native, Frankie Avalon was a musical child prodigy. Before he was even 10 years old, he was winning every local amateur contest that he entered. He made appearances playing his trumpet on The Perry Como and Jackie Gleason TV shows and by 1959, his musical career was so good, that he had six solid hits in the Top 40 at the same time. As with so many musicians, music was not enough and Avalon got into acting. He has 30 motion picture credits including the Beach Party film series, The Dark, The Alamo, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea; and Grease. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 1995.

Fabian, also a Philadelphia native, was discovered at 14 years old. In 1958, at age 15, he won the Silver Award as “The Promising Male Vocalist of 1958” and by 18 he had recorded loads of hit singles, eight albums, two gold records, and one gold album. He has starred in over 30 films, produces his own concert series, and enjoyed a successful commercial career with Pepsi, Denny’s, and Nutri-System, to name a few. Along with performing with The Golden Boys for the past 20 years, Fabian also hosts and headlines the hit show The Original Stars of Bandstand. This show is performed at the Dick Clark Theater in Branson, MO, and it recreates those days and is drawing record audiences. Fabian’s film credits include his 1959 screen debut Hound Dog Man; the John Wayne movie North to Alaska; High Time with Bing Crosby; and Ride The Wild Surf with James Stewart. In 2002, Fabian received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Bobby Rydell, the “original” American Idol, career began when he won the TV Teen Club amateur contest at age 9, granting him a spot as a regular on the show. Rydell’s career took off and he soon became a regular on many TV shows including American Bandstand, The Red Skelton Show, The Milton Berle Show all helped him develop his gift for comedy with the very best comedians out there. He was also cast as Hugo Peabody in Bye Bye Birdie with Ann Margaret. In his career, Rydell has achieved 34 Top 40 Billboard hits.

For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre ticket office at 1-732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit www.StateTheatreNJ.org. The State Theatre ticket office, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and at least one hour prior to curtain on performance dates.

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