The Rascals begin a new series of U.S. performances of their Once upon a Dream multimedia production on Thursday night at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. The group's four members had rarely played together since their early-1970s breakup before the E Street Band's Steven Van Zandt convinced them to reunite for the show, which he wrote and which premiered last December in Port Chester, New York. Now, the band mates seem extremely enthusiastic about their future together.
"We're taking this as far as we can take it," drummer Dino Danelli tells Rolling Stone, who adds that that he and his fellow Rascals are even open to the possibility of recording new songs.
Singer Eddie Brigati also likes the idea of the band creating some new music, saying, "I hope that as this unfolds, hopefully there's a little cherry on the cake."
Meanwhile, Danelli says he's extremely pleased with how Once upon a Dream is being received. "We were blown away when everybody took to it the way they have," he declares. "Every show has been better than the last show. We've been filling the houses everywhere."
Brigati and Rascals guitarist Gene Cornish both give major credit to Van Zandt, who also serves as the show's co-producer and co-director.
"Steve Van Zandt has really put this together correctly, dealt with all our separate concerns and whatever residual situation we had in our minds," asserts Cornish.
As for Brigati, he showers praise on Little Steven, declaring, "Saint Steven the brave, who wrestles alligators for a hobby, is giving us this opportunity, this gift…And he believed in us, quite frankly, more than we did at the time."
Meanwhile, Cornish points out that the band members now are not only playing great but are getting along extremely well too.
"I'm proud to say all four of us are better than ever at this point and we're appreciating it so much," he notes. "When you see the show you see the love between the guys. We love what we're doing."
The Rascals' Once upon a Dream tour is scheduled to run through a November 29 performance in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In addition, Billboard reports that the group is expected to announce a new three-week Broadway run that will begin on December 16.
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