Searching for Swank

It’s late. While sitting on your beige leather sofa, fiddling with the cherry in your Manhattan, you think, “My life is missing something.” Then it comes to you: You’re missing Neil Sedaka performing “Laughter in the Rain,” complete with strings and groovy backup chicks, circa 1975. This is a very specific feeling indeed. It falls somewhere between a minor taste for Burt Bacharach songs and a powerful lust for Barbra Streisand belting out “Grandma’s Hands” in her best faux gospel. But when you cue up the vinyl, Sedaka gets the job done.

Through the decades, Sedaka has brought the hits, ranging from the bouncy “Calendar Girl” to “Where the Boys Are,” the Connie Francis vehicle that helped transform Lauderdale into spring break heaven. Appropriate, then, that he’s gigging in SoFla. Catch swanky Sedaka at The Polo Club (5400 Champion Blvd., Boca Raton) on Wednesday (and again on Thursday) at 8 p.m. Tickets are $75. Call 561-995.1200, or visit www.poloclub.net.
Wed., Jan. 9, 8 p.m., 2008

 
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