SELINSGROVE - A new stage show that relives the early days of rock 'n' roll from the 1950s through the '60s, '70s and '80s will this month at the Courtyard Theater, located in the Susquehanna Valley Mall, 1 Susquehanna Valley Mall Drive. Local performer Frank Fedele will perform "Flash from the Past" at 7 p.m. July 18 and 19.
Fedele will open the evening with "Orbisonia," a tribute to the music and life of the late Roy Orbison. Fedele will perform the hits of the legendary Texan who came to fame in the early 1960s with songs such as "Only the Lonely" and "Pretty Woman," and went on to record for almost two decades later, until his death in 1988.
It is a re-creation of Orbison's vocals and style of singing, with side notes and dialogue in between songs relating to the singer's life.
The show has appeared at various venues throughout Pennsylvania, including county fairs, theaters and other public events.
Fedele has been performing a tribute to Orbison since 2002, but has added additional songs to the show, along with other material that, according to Fedele, should inspire younger audiences to appreciate the eras of original rock 'n' roll.
Fedele said of Orbison, "You have only to hear a song or two, and you realize the uniqueness of the Orbison Mystique. While the 'Big O' was one of a kind I do my best to create a similar sound, all the time being serious about the presentation, and the ethereal quality of Orbison's vocals. This is not an imitation and I don't consider myself an 'Orbison impersonator.' "
Fedele will offer a second show, after an intermission, called "Boomer Legends." This show is a tribute to a variety of artists including Tony Williams of the Platters, Elvis, Frankie Valli, Jay Black of Jay and the Americans, Eric Burden, Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, Tom Jones, Englebert Humperdinck and Buddy Holly.
Fedele has a background in theater, having performed in dramas, comedies and musicals. Fedele also has the experience of directing and producing shows.
In addition to creating "Orbisonia" and "Flash from the Past: Boomer Legends," he played Kris Kringle in a sold-out production of "Here's Love," which he co-produced in 1995 at the Community Arts Center. Fedele also co-produced "Annie" at the Scottish Rite Auditorium the next year.
"Orbisonia" and "Boomer Legends" can be found on Facebook.
Tickets for "Flash from the Past" can be purchased by calling the Courtyard Theater at 570/374-0060 or visiting www.courtyardtheater.com.