- $31.50 for one G-Pass to see Neil Sedaka (up to $52.50 value)
- When: Saturday, August 15, at 8 p.m.
- Where: NYCB Theatre at Westbury
- Seating: side orchestra sections B or G, rows M-U
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Click here to view the seating chart
How G-Pass Works: Your G-Pass will be ready to print 48 hours after the deal ends. Print the G-Pass and use it to enter the venue directly; you won’t need to redeem at will call. Due to security restrictions, G-Passes cannot be redeemed through the Groupon mobile app. Discount reflects the merchant’s current ticket prices - price may differ on day of event.
“Too clean cut,” “smiles too much,” and “doesn’t look like your typical rock ‘n’ roller.” According to an 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 76, 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 an 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.