When Frankie Valli Gave Me Advice On Men

Rockettes Reflections

By Barbara Ann Woronko Anzalone

Throughout their 90-year history, the world-famous Rockettes have shared the stage—and unforgettable adventures—with many other world-famous personalities. They have appeared at such iconic events as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Super Bowl and on TV shows like America’s Got Talent and Night of 100 Stars. The Rockettes are taking a moment to reflect on their favorite stardust memories.

Italian-American vocal group The Four Seasons. Left to right: Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi and Frankie Valli. (Photo Credit: Hulton Archive | Getty Images)

Italian-American vocal group The Four Seasons. Left to right: Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi and Frankie Valli. (Photo Credit: Hulton Archive | Getty Images)

In the summer of 1961 (years before I was a Rockette!), I was crowned Miss Northeastern Pennsylvania Teenager at Ben Sterling’s Rocky Glen Amusement Park near Moosic, Penn. Because I was the first Miss Northeastern Pennsylvania Teenager the park ever had, Ben Sterling, owner of the park, treated me like “royalty”!

Former Rockette Barbara (second from the left) taking five between sets at Rocky Glen Amusement Park in 1961 with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Former Rockette Barbara (second from the left) taking five between sets at Rocky Glen Amusement Park in 1961 with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Every time a celebrity group was invited to perform at the park, he invited me to take part in the festivities, whether I introduced a group or just got to hang with them backstage.

Frankie Valli just happened to be acquaintances with Ben, and when Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons would play there, I was always invited backstage with my mom and got to know the “Sherry” singer quite well.

Every time I chatted or hung out with Frankie, I felt like he was “guarding” mehe was almost like a best friend who accompanies you to a concert and knows the group performing.

I remember this one time I told Frankie that I thought one of the older men was good-looking. His comment: “Stay away from him, he has a bad history. He would be the first to sell you down the river. You are too sweet for this kind of nonsense.”

Frankie was the sweetest and was always more interested in the people around him than he was in himself. I will always cherish our “brother-sister” relationship.

Barbara Ann Woronko Anzalone was a Rockette in 1974 and is the author of The Girl Next Door. She lives in Shavertown, Pa.