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12/28/2010, 10:54 a.m.
Lauryn Hill at the Wilbur Theatre. Liz Papi

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Lauryn Hill at the Wilbur Theatre.

Bell Biv DeVoe

BBD was back in Boston but this time their show was at the Wilbur Theatre. Even though I saw them this past July when they played at the Showcase in Foxboro, I had to go see them again. Part of the reason is that their music brings me back to the glory days of WILD.

They performed all the hits like “Poison,” “Do Me!” and “When Will I See You Smile Again?” Plus they did a medley of a few New Edition songs like “Candy Girl,” “Cool It Now” and “Is This the End.” It was a fun and lively show and the hometown crowd appreciated BBD’s energy and nostalgia.

One of the best parts of the show was when they did a 20-minute set to “Poison.” They even brought some members of the crowd to dance on stage. Guess who was one of the chosen ones?

Yup, our very own, man-about-town George “Chip” Greenidge. It was absolutely hilarious when Chip hit the stage “in the zone.”  I wish I had taken a picture but I was so engrossed in watching him dance and move. For a six-foot plus man, he glided on the stage. I almost lost it when he did the running man. Wow! He held it down and the crowd absolutely loved it! It was a good show to bring in the holidays!

Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

Oh, what a night!  And, what a night it was!  I had heard nothing but great reviews about the smash Broadway musical “Jersey Boys” and I was excited to attend the press opening at the Colonial Theatre. It is the story of a group of blue-collar guys — Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi — from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey and how they  became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs and sold 175 million records worldwide — all before they were 30.

I was captivated by the music and the story from the beginning. When the show opened with “Ces Soirees-La,” the French version of “Oh, What a Night,” I was slightly amazed that I knew most of the words to their biggest hits from “Earth Angel” and “My Eyes Adored You” to “Let’s Hang On (To What We’ve Got)” and “Working My Way Back to You.”

Their music is absolutely timeless and you couldn’t help but sing-along. I know I was throughout the performance. It was a fun and fabulous show and the audience left the theatre happy and humming to their music. If you get a chance this is a show that’s great for the whole family. 

Ms. Lauryn Hill

A once-in-a-blue moon opportunity came up to see Ms. Lauryn Hill in concert at the Wilbur and you know I had to see her live. I arrived at the theatre and lucky for me she hadn’t gone on stage yet, even though she was scheduled to go on at 9 p.m.  She didn’t hit the stage until just after 11 p.m.