Image Courtesy of Lulu Cohen MediaEddie Money is mounting a new production of Two Tickets to Paradise — The Musical, the stage show he wrote about his life and music career. The 65-year-old singer compares the show, which opens tonight at the Madison Theatre at Molloy College in Rockville Center, New York, to a modern version of Jersey Boys.

“The camaraderie that I had with my band was a lot like The Four Seasons had,” he explains to ABC New Radio. “They had songs like ‘Sherry’ and ‘Walk Like a Man’ and ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry.’ On the other hand, I had songs like ‘Baby Hold On,’ ‘Two Tickets to Paradise,’ ‘[I] Wanna Go Back,’ ‘Shakin’.’ So [my musical is] kind of like Jersey Boys 2013.”

Two Tickets to Paradise follows Money’s life, from quitting his pursuit of becoming a New York City police officer and moving to California to try to make it in the music business, to achieving pop stardom in the late 1970s, to nearly dying from a drug overdose and subsequently coming back with his biggest album.

Money serves as the production’s narrator, while actors portray him and the other important figures in his life. Eddie’s own touring band provides the music for the show, which includes many of his hits, as well as seven songs he wrote especially for the play. The singer describes the new tunes as “amazing Broadway-type songs” that are “very Rodgers-and-Hammerstein-esque.”

One of Money’s favorites is a song called song “I Only Want the World for You” that’s sung by the actress playing his mother.

“It reminds me of the Beatles song ‘She’s Leaving Home,'” he notes, “because I’m leaving for California, she loves me very much, I’m not getting along with my father ’cause there’s a lot of tension. He was patrolman of the year. I was quitting the police department.”

At the end of the musical, Money says he’ll treat the audience to a set of his classic songs, including “Shakin’,” “Take Me Home Tonight,” “Think I’m in Love” and “I Wanna Go Back.”

Meanwhile, Eddie praises Matthew Burns, the actor who portrays him in the show.

“He’s young, he’s enthusiastic, he’s a pretty good actor and I just like him,” Money declares. “He just seems like a real good kid. He’s really down to earth, and he’s done cruise ships and…he really wants to become famous. He’s really got the bug. It’d be nice if this play took off and I could help him out.”

Money tells ABC News Radio that he’s hoping there will be good turnout for the show, adding, “I really think that if people that get out and see this play, they’re gonna be pleasantly surprised.”

As previously reported, five performances of Two Tickets to Paradise — The Musical have been scheduled: tonight at 8 p.m.; Saturday, January 17, at 3 p.m.; Saturday, January 24, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, January 25, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET. Tickets can be purchased at

Part of the proceeds raised by the shows will benefit the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a charity that supports injured members of the U.S. armed forces and their families.

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