Paul Anka Celebrates 60 Years of Hits at Ridgefield Playhouse
After a sold-out 2015 performance, Paul Anka makes his triumphant return to The Ridgefield Playhouse stage! In this brand new show, Paul Anka Celebrates 60 Years of Hits - His Way! The prolific singer, songwriter and music icon is best known for his chart-topping hits "Diana," "You Are My Destiny," "Lonely Boy," "Put Your Head On My Shoulder," "Having My Baby," "Puppy Love" - the list goes on and on. Not just memories, but milestones, Paul Anka's hits defined generations of pop. Paul Anka will sing his way through the decades on Thursday, May 18 at 8 p.m. as part of the Pepsi Rock Series powered by Xfinity and Ridgefield Magazine Broadway and Cabaret Series and is partially underwritten by Adam Broderick Salon & Spa. Paul Anka's live performances are energetic and lively, as he serenades his audiences and shows what a true showman he is! Don't miss this rare chance to experience one of music's greatest entertainers in an intimate setting. Make it a great night out with dinner and a show! Visit Bernard's (20 West Lane, Ridgefield) on the day of the show for a great Prix Fixe Menu when you present your tickets to this performance.
Paul Anka has been composing and performing pop music since he debuted with the single "I Confess" at the young age of 15 in 1956. During his long career, Anka has released more than 25 studio albums and eight-plus singles. He also appeared in several films to capitalize on his teen idol status in the '50s and '60s, including a few dramatic roles in such productions as "The Longest Day" and "Look in Any Window". Unlike most young pop stars, Anka was a talented songwriter who wrote or co-wrote many of his hit songs. Paul Anka's talent includes the theme from The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (reworked in 1962 from a song Anka wrote earlier called "Toot Sweet"; it had been rewritten with lyrics and recorded by Annette Funicello in 1959 as "It's Really Love." Anka composed Tom Jones biggest hit record, "She's a Lady," and wrote the English lyrics to "My Way," Frank Sinatra's signature song (originally the French song "Comme d'habitude").
Not one to rest on his laurels, Anka's two most recent albums - Rock Swings and now Classic Songs, My Way - ingeniously featured songs originally created by some of the biggest rock performers of the day - as well as other established artists across several genres. The twist: Paul Anka did the songs 'his way.' His goal: "taking great songs and rework them so they're natural for me." With the help of his five daughters, Anka spent months researching music from the '80s and '90s, trying to find the songs that would work in the radical new context he proposed. The songs that made the cut included Bon Jovi's "It's My Life," Lionel Richie's "Hello" and Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven." Even more dramatic were his transformations of "Wonderwall" by Oasis, "Black Hole Sun" by Soundgarden and Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit.
For tickets ($150), call the box office at 203-438-5795, or visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.