A live concert is the only place where you can demand that your favorite singer play your favorite song while staring directly into your eyes. Make the moment last forever with this GrouponLive deal to see Neil Sedaka at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center. For $29, you get one G-Pass for reserved seating in floor rows 30–37 or wing rows 20–29 on Saturday, December 8, at 8 p.m. (up to a $58 value, including all fees). Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at will call.
“Too clean cut,” “smiles too much,” and “doesn’t look like your typical rock ‘n’ roller.” According to a recent interview with the Guardian, that’s about as bad as the reviews have ever been for Neil Sedaka. In rock music’s infancy, while other artists wrapped themselves in leather and Brylcreem, Neil Sedaka more or less ignored his image in favor of his songwriting. After making a splash as a child-prodigy pianist, he became a powerhouse Brill Building composer while still a teenager. In the doo-wop-saturated early ‘60s, he released hit after hit both for his own crisp, versatile voice (“Breaking Up Is Hard to Do,” “Calendar Girl”) and for other teen-pop stars of the era such as Connie Francis (“Where the Boys Are”). In 1975, he matched his early success with the hit “Laughter in the Rain,” his peppy lyrics of love now cloaked in soul-inspired vocal harmonies and a satin arrangement of piano, strings, and sax.
All the while, he maintained a reputation as not only an inescapably catchy songwriter but also a master showman. At the age of 73, Neil maintains the spark that earned him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, immortality in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and a Brooklyn street bearing his name. Whether behind his grand piano or bobbing across the stage, he plays to the audience with a jolly grin while pulling sing-alongs and showstoppers from his catalog of more than 500 tunes. His voice remains as sweet and clear as sugar-cane juice, as though he’s spent the last six decades without indulging in a single gravel donut. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser praised a recent appearance as “a superb retrospective” from a man who “seemed genuinely happy to be performing”—still gladly open to the charge of smiling too much after more than 55 years in the music business.<p>
Sedaka sings “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do” at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 2006
####Sands Bethlehem Event Center Sands Bethlehem Event Center was constructed only in 2011, and its striking charcoal-colored box still has the sheen of a piece of just-released technology. The space was designed so that no seat would be more than 137 feet or 20 Shaquille O’Neals away from the stage. Despite the intimate feel, the venue is large enough to support no-holds-barred audiovisual displays, and it regularly welcomes spectacle-loving national acts in a variety of genres. Due to security restrictions, G-Passes must be printed out and presented in person at the event. They cannot be redeemed through Groupon's mobile app.