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The Rascals Announce US Tour for "Once Upon a Dream" Show

Image courtesy of The Hartman Group (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of The Hartman Group (via ABC News Radio)

The Rascals will be taking their recent Broadway production on the road for a national tour, beginning May 24 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

The band’s reunion show, The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream , has confirmed dates in a dozen cities, and more are expected to be announced, according to USA Today .  Several cities will have multi-concert runs. The band ends its Broadway run on May 5.

Guitarist Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen ’s E Street Band , wrote, co-produced and co-directed The Rascals’ Broadway production, which reunites keyboardist Felix Cavaliere , guitarist Gene Cornish , singer Eddie Brigati and drummer Dino Danelli .

The band scored 13 Top 40 singles between 1966 and 1969, including “Good Lovin’,” “How Can I Be Sure,” “Groovin’” and “People Got to Be Free.”

Van Zandt cites the '60s pop-rock act as one of his major musical inspirations.  That admiration is at the core of why he worked so hard to get The Rascals to come together for the show.  “I just felt like the world needs these guys more than ever,” Van Zandt recently told ABC News Radio.

Van Zandt said the world “needs to hear the optimism in their music, the idealism in their music and that brotherhood and love that was so much a part of the music. You don't hear that anymore and you don't see bands this good anymore."

Van Zandt told ABC News Radio he hopes Once Upon a Dream will inform music fans about The Rascals' “position in history,” which he says “deserves a bit more attention than just a typical concert.”

Here are the confirmed dates for The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream . More dates are expected to be announced:

5/24-27 -- Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Fla.
5/30 -- Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, Fla.
5/31 -- Moran Theater, Jacksonville, Fla.
6/5,6,8 -- Academy of Music, Philadelphia
6/12 -- Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Md.
6/14 -- Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary, N.C.
6/15 -- North Charleston Performing Arts Center, North Charleston, S.C.
6/17 -- Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte, NC
6/19-22 -- Cobb Energy Center, Atlanta
6/25-30 -- Boston Opera House, Boston
7/5 -- Jones Beach, Wantagh, N.Y.
7/6 -- PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, N.J.

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